Tifiamo Scaramouche!        
Tifiamo Scaramouche è una raccolta di racconti in quattro volumi che possono essere scaricati liberamente in formato PDF dal sito dei Wu Ming. Si tratta di una fan fiction derivante da L'armata dei sonnambuli, l'ultimo romanzo storico del collettivo uscito nel 2014.

A curare la raccolta è stato Simone Scaffidi L. Da un'idea di: Pietro Pace, Mauro Vanetti e Alessandro Villari (Avvocato Laser). Il progetto grafico e l'impaginazione si devono a Franco Berteni (Mr Mill) e Simone Scaffidi L. La copertina e le illustrazioni sono di Alessandro Caligaris e Francesca Sibona.

Qui di seguito, ecco il mio contributo, pubblicato nel terzo volume della raccolta. Buona lettura.


Il flauto tradito
Parigi, 1801

1.

A suo modo, Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith era un uomo generoso. La sera del 20 agosto 1801, dopo la trionfale prima della sua opera I misteri d'Iside al Teatro della Repubblica, il compositore offrì la cena all'intera troupe, comparse e suggeritore compresi.
Benché relegate al tavolo meno prestigioso dell'ampia sala del ristorante, le due comparse Léo Modonnet e Emanuele Gizzio potevano udire facilmente i discorsi del tavolo principale, quello dove sedeva Lachnith assieme al manager del teatro, al librettista Étienne Morel de Chédeville e ai cantanti protagonisti. Per meglio dire, potevano udire il monologo del torrenziale musicista boemo, la cui voce sopravanzava quelle di tutti gli altri.
«Eh sì, caro Chédeville! Il buon Mozart aveva del talento, questo nessuno lo vorrà negare; ma aveva anche un'esecrabile tendenza al lambiccato, all'insolito... In una parola: troppa complicazione! Oggigiorno il pubblico non ne vuole sapere di una musica che sia troppo difficile. La gente vuole ariette semplici, presentate con garbo, che tocchino il cuore senza affaticare il cervello. Prendete il Don Giovanni: quante graziose melodie! Parola mia, credo che abbiamo fatto bene a prenderne una in prestito, per il nostro terzetto. Tuttavia, andiamo... La scena con la statua nel finale secondo... Chi può sopportare una tale rombante cacofonia? Pensate solo questo: in quattro battute, quel povero basso deve cantare tutte e dodici le note della scala cromatica. Sapete? Un mio amico italiano, galantuomo e compositore eminente, mi parlava tempo fa con orrore di un certo quartetto per archi, dove Mozart ha accumulato tante di quelle dissonanze da creare un ripugnante caos, direi quasi un giacobinismo sonoro, dove va completamente perso ogni giusto criterio di gerarchia tra le sette note... Di proposito dico sette, non dodici; giacché nessuno, a meno che il suo orecchio non sia guastato dalla musica per tastiera, crederà mai che un re diesis possa essere uguale a un mi bemolle... Anzi: un re è sempre un re, come dicono in Italia, non è vero?».
«Ma va' curcati, buffuni!» commentò Gizzio a mezza voce.
«Perciò, quando mi fu proposto di allestire per le nostre scene Il Flauto magico, la prima cosa che pensai fu: sta bene; ma, per carità, sfrondiamo! Semplifichiamo!
Smussiamo le asperità del testo! Rendiamo il tutto più comprensibile, più adatto alle orecchie del nostro pubblico. Più elegante, anche. E l'esito così radioso di questa serata ha dimostrato che avevamo avuto pienamente ragione. Prima di tutto: i nomi. Tutti quei Tamino, Papageno e Papagena del testo originale, così goffi e plebei, noi li abbiamo cambiati nei molto più raffinati Isménor, Bochoris e Mona...».
Modonnet rise.
«Non voglio parlare della parte musicale. Ho dovuto lavorare parecchio di forbici e d'ingegno per dare una veste accettabile alla barbarica partitura. Ma, per quanto riguarda il vostro lavoro, Chédeville, potete andare orgoglioso di avere addolcito il carattere di quella terribile regina della notte. Certo, l'aria del secondo atto l'abbiamo dovuta proprio espungere: a parte che è impossibile da cantare, ma quel testo “der hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen...”, “vendetta infernale sento nel mio petto”... Ahimè! Una gentile e amabile donzella come voi, signorina Maillard, avrebbe dovuto intonare tali parole? Per carità! Abbiamo già sofferto abbastanza, qualche anno fa, con quella spaventosa Medea di Cherubini. Basta, basta! I personaggi femminili, a teatro, devono rassicurare, non inquietare! Belle fanciulle, mogli e madri esemplari: questo vuole il nostro distinto pubblico. Perché la gente, la sera, vuole distrarsi dai traffici quotidiani del commercio e della Borsa, e trovare sollievo dalle cure dello Stato. Dirò di più: nell'epoca moderna la gente vuole vivere il proprio tempo come un affascinante, mutevole, infinito spettacolo. In una parola, vuole divertirsi. Il nostro compito è di farli divertire. E questa sera ci siamo riusciti; possiamo affermarlo con fierezza. Brindiamo!».

2.

Erano passate le quattro del mattino quando Modonnet e Gizzio ritornavano al foborgo Sant'Antonio. Davanti alle botteghe dei fornai c'erano già le prime code. I volti e i discorsi delle persone in fila per il pane manifestavano stanchezza, frustrazione, rabbia.
«Quattordici soldi per quattro libbre di pane! Così non si può andare avanti».
«Uno schifo, altro che!».
«Bonaparte non sta facendo un cazzo».
«Sbagli, cittadina. Bonaparte sta facendo parecchio. Solo, non per noialtri».
«Per i grandi proprietari. Per i nobili, gli speculatori, i fornitori dell'esercito e i finanzieri. Per quei merdosi, ecco per chi sta lavorando il Primo console...».
Gizzio sembrava ancora più taciturno del solito. Per tutto il cammino dal centro al foborgo, dove lui e Modonnet abitavano, disse a malapena due parole, eccettuate le strane bestemmie che ogni tanto sputava tra i denti.
«Toglimi una curiosità» gli chiese alla fine Modonnet mentre stavano per arrivare a casa. «Al tuo paese è normale invocare con tanta frequenza la ghigliottina su Gesù Cristo, sulla Madonna e su tutti i santi, come fai tu?».
Gizzio rise amaramente: «Lo facciamo di continuo. Tutti, anche i bambini e i preti. Vieni a vivere un mese dalle mie parti, e capirai».
«Non mi ricordo mai come si chiama la tua città».
«Io stesso vorrei non ricordarmene. Comunque, non è una città: è un villaggio di poche anime sperduto nell'Aspromonte. Ammesso che esista ancora. Non ho sue notizie da due anni, cioè da quando sono venuto qui a Parigi».
Era il discorso più lungo che Modonnet gli avesse mai udito fare.
«Ma no» proseguì Gizzio, come parlando fra sé. «Giudico troppo severamente i miei compaesani. In fondo, nessuno di loro si è arruolato nell'Armata cristiana e reale». Gizzio pronunciò queste ultime parole con una smorfia di disgusto.
«Ne ho sentito parlare» commentò Modonnet. «Le bande del cardinale Ruffo, non è vero? Una specie di Vandea...».
«Molto peggio. I vandeani, almeno, sapevano per cosa combattevano; i sanfedisti invece si sono solo fatti affascinare dai feudatari e dai preti. Hanno avuto quello che si meritavano. Li aspettano altri due o tre secoli di dispotismo e di miseria. E ti dico la verità: penso che anche qui, in Francia, andrà a finire allo stesso modo. Te lo concedo: finora il popolo di Parigi si è comportato bene, specialmente i tuoi compagni del foborgo Sant'Antonio. Ma quanto ancora potranno resistere? I contadini francesi non sono affatto
più intelligenti di quelli del Regno di Napoli; nelle campagne già da tempo monta la reazione. Gente che cerca solo un padrone cui obbedire; e in buona parte l'ha già trovato. E allora non chiedermi perché bestemmio, Léo: mi è rimasto solo questo, mannaia lu signuri!».
«Ho sempre apprezzato il tuo ottimismo, cittadino Gizzio!» concluse Modonnet.

3.

Uno dei vantaggi del mestiere teatrale è che permette di dormire sino a tardi; quando si ha un tetto sotto cui ripararsi, naturalmente. Léo Modonnet, per ora, l'aveva; ma quella mattina dormì lo stesso un sonno assai inquieto. Verso mezzogiorno, poco prima di svegliarsi, fece uno dei sogni più enigmatici della sua vita.
Era un sogno musicale. Modonnet udiva con una chiarezza allucinatoria una breve melodia, gentile e saltellante, in uno stile antiquato, suonata da una piccola orchestra. Poi, lo stesso tema, ma eseguito da un'orchestra molto più grande, con accenti molto più imperiosi e con una chiusa cromatica vagamente minacciosa. A questo punto appariva uno strano ometto, che si esprimeva con un forte accento tedesco. «Ogni vero artista, mein Freund, è anche uno Zauberer – un mago –, sì. Può capitargli di prevedere un futuro imprevedibile. Cosa, o chi, aveva in mente Rousseau quando, riferendosi alla Corsica, scriveva: “ho il vago presentimento che un giorno questa piccola isola stupirà l'Europa”? E quel ragazzino di dodici anni, che un giorno nel mio giardino mise in scena il suo Bastien und Bastienne – come poté presentire che un giorno la volontà generale sarebbe stata manipolata e circuita da un tiranno? Eppure, mein Freund, la storia non è mai un copione già scritto, così come una partitura non è mai immodificabile. E quando ci si accorge che la pagina è guasta, rimane sempre una soluzione: strapparla».
Modonnet si svegliò frastornato e con un forte mal di testa. Senza sapere bene perché, la prima cosa che fece fu aprire il suo baule per cercarvi un involto. Dentro c'erano una maschera nera, un mantello e un bastone dal manico lucente.
Quella notte, Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, davanti al portone di casa sua, mentre frugava un po' alticcio nelle tasche del suo soprabito per cercare la chiave, notò una scritta di colore rosso fosforescente sul muro proprio accanto alla porta:

RACHE

Prima che avesse il tempo di chiedersi cosa stava succedendo, avvertì il brivido freddo di una lama proprio sotto il mento, e udì alle sue spalle una voce altrettanto metallica e tagliente: «Cittadino musicista, vogliate cortesemente condurmi nel vostro studio».
«Come volete, amico mio» diceva Lachnith mentre saliva le scale, tallonato da Scaramouche. «Non c'è bisogno di tutta questa commedia... vi ho riconosciuto, sapete?».
«Merda» pensò Modonnet.
«Eravate con me a cena ieri sera. Ammetto che il ruolo che vi è stato assegnato nell'ultima produzione è al di sotto delle vostre capacità attoriali; ma tenete conto che si tratta di un'opera, e che Voi non sapete cantare. Ho delle conoscenze, e posso farvi ottenere una buona scrittura per la prossima stagione di prosa... però, immagino che vogliate un risarcimento più immediato, e in contanti».
Erano intanto entrati nello studio del compositore.
«Immaginate male» disse Scaramouche. «Voglio solo porre rimedio a uno dei più insensati e odiosi crimini contro il buon gusto e il buon senso che si possano citare nella storia dell'arte musicale. Voglio cancellare la macchia con cui voi avete insudiciato la memoria di un grande musicista. Voglio che mi diate la partitura originale di quello scempio chiamato I misteri d'Iside».
«Eccola». Lachnith sollevò un manoscritto dal ripiano della sua scrivania e lo consegnò a Scaramouche: «Cosa ve ne farete, adesso?».
«Non lo so ancora. La strapperò in mille pezzi e la getterò nella Senna. Oppure ne attaccherò i fogli ai muri di Parigi per denunciare la vostra cialtroneria».
Lachnith rise: «Vedo che siete un idealista. Forse non vi siete accorto che i tempi sono cambiati e che la rivoluzione è finita. Permettetemi di darvi un consiglio: perché non ve ne tornate in Italia? Laggiù c'è ancora da fare per le teste calde come voi. Già che ci siete, portate con voi quel musone del vostro amico, e ditegli che non è colpa nostra se i giacobini napoletani erano degli imbecilli... se avessero dato subito la terra ai contadini, anziché perdere tempo in chiacchiere, le cose sarebbero andate molto diversamente».
«Ce ne ricorderemo per la prossima rivoluzione» disse Scaramouche.

Nota bibliografica

Questo racconto deve molto al primo capitolo del libro di Augusto Illuminati Gli inganni di Sarastro, Einaudi, Torino 1980, che indaga – sia pure con qualche eccessivo schematismo – le relazioni fra la teoria politica di Rousseau, le scoperte di Franz Anton Mesmer, il Bastien und Bastienne – la cui prima rappresentazione si dice abbia avuto luogo nel giardino della casa di Mesmer a Vienna – e Il flauto magico di Mozart.
Hector Berlioz nelle sue Memorie critica con estrema durezza l'adattamento molto libero de Il Flauto Magico realizzato da Lachnith sotto il titolo de Les mystères d'Isis. Il testo originale delle Mémoires di Berlioz (Parigi 1865) è facilmente reperibile in Internet.
Sulle critiche rivolte a Mozart dal musicista suo contemporaneo Giuseppe Sarti si veda il saggio Sarti contro Mozart di Massimo Mila, ora in M. Mila, Mozart. Saggi 1941-1987, Einaudi, Torino 2006, pp. 332-58.
La sorprendente identità fra il tema iniziale dell'ouverture del Bastien und Bastienne e l'inizio della Terza Sinfonia di Beethoven è, secondo Hermann Abert – citato da Wolfgang Hildesheimer nella sua nota biografia mozartiana –, una pura coincidenza. Com'è noto, Beethoven intendeva intitolare la sinfonia a Napoleone Bonaparte; secondo la tradizione, il musicista strappò la dedica quando seppe che Napoleone si era fatto incoronare imperatore.
Il parallelo fra Napoleone Bonaparte e il Sarastro di Mozart/Lachnith si trova in Jean Tulard, Napoleone. Il mito del salvatore, Rusconi, Milano 1980, p. 9. Alle pp. 183-85 dello stesso libro si parla della crisi alimentare in Francia fra la primavera del 1801 e il 1802.
Le idee esposte qui da Lachnith sulla modernità come spettacolo e sulla “gente” che si vuole divertire derivano in realtà dal libro di Alessandro Baricco L'anima di Hegel e le mucche del Wisconsin, Feltrinelli, Milano 2009.


          La rivoluzione russa        
La mattina del 20 settembre 1871, il Maestro Franz Liszt si esercitava al pianoforte nello studio della sua sontuosa magione di campagna vicino Budapest, quando fu interrotto da un confuso e concitato vociare proveniente dal portone d'ingresso.

"Che succede, Pierre?" chiese mentre raggiungeva il suo maggiordomo, il quale, bloccando con il suo corpo l'accesso alla casa, stava palesemente cercando di convincere un ospite indesiderato ad andarsene.

Quando Liszt, avvicinatosi dietro le spalle del suo domestico, poté scorgere l'aspetto dell'intruso (un uomo sui sessant'anni, calvo, barbuto, che sembrava assai malmesso, ma parlava un francese forbito con marcato accento parigino), quest'ultimo troncò subito, lasciando una frase a metà, il suo litigio con Pierre e, volgendo speranzoso lo sguardo al padrone di casa, così lo apostrofò:

"Maestro Liszt! Maestro! Vi prego, degnatevi di concedere udienza ad un vostro grande ammiratore, giunto or ora dalla Francia solo per avere l'inestimabile onore di fare la Vostra conoscenza!"

"Padrone!" diceva intanto il maggiordomo, "lasciate che cacci via a calci nel sedere questo vagabondo che pretende di farsi ricevere da Voi! E' inaudito! Come se qualsiasi pitocco potesse..."

"Va bene, Pierre, lascia pure entrare Monsieur... di grazia, come vi chiamate?"

Il viso dello strano ospite si rasserenò. "Mi chiamo Eugène Pottier. Da Parigi. Poeta. Per servirvi. Sapevo che avreste... oh, grazie, mille grazie, Maestro!"

"Potete chiamarmi semplicemente Padre. Come forse saprete, non sono che un umile servitore di Santa Romana Chiesa... Ma accomodatevi nel mio studio, ve ne prego, e raccontatemi di voi..." diceva Liszt mentre accompagnava il suo ammiratore lungo il corridoio. "Venite da Parigi, avete detto?", qui il musicista scoccò uno sguardo sospettoso sul suo interlocutore. "E dove siete diretto, se posso..."

Mentre Liszt tornava a sedersi al suo pianoforte, Pottier si accomodò su un'ampia poltrona disposta in modo da fronteggiare il lato destro dello strumento. Come in una sala da concerto, pensò Pottier un po' a disagio. "Maestro, cioè scusatemi, Padre. Avete già capito. Sono un combattente della Comune. Sono in esilio, ramingo per l'Europa, da ormai quattro mesi. Ma non voglio annoiarvi con il racconto delle mie tribolazioni. Sono venuto qui, attratto dalla vostra fama di grande artista e di uomo già attento alla questione sociale, perché ho un testo, da me composto, che vorrei chiedervi di porre in musica".

Ci furono alcuni secondi di silenzio, durante i quali le palpebre di Liszt si aprirono e si chiusero spasmodicamente per una ventina di volte. "Monsieur Pottier... vi rendete conto, spero, del rischio a cui state esponendo voi stesso e me. Mi è difficile comprendere come siate potuto giungere fin qui dalla Francia. Ma, che la vostra sia stata fortuna o incoscienza, sappiate che la polizia asburgica non è affatto indulgente con quelli come voi, né con chi dà loro rifugio."

Pottier si raddrizzò sulla poltrona. "Né fortuna, né incoscienza, Monsieur Liszt. Siamo stati sconfitti, è vero. Ma abbiamo compagni ovunque, pronti a dare il loro silenzioso contributo alla Causa. E' grazie alla loro solidarietà che sono riuscito a sopravvivere e ad arrivare a voi. La musica che porto con me" - a questo punto Pottier tirò fuori da una tasca della giacca un fascicolo spiegazzato, ingiallito e sgualcito, e lo tese a Liszt - "mi induce a confidare anche nella vostra solidarietà".

Sempre più stupito, ma senza offuscare la politezza dei suoi modi da gentiluomo, il musicista prese l'opuscolo che lo strano visitatore gli porgeva. Era uno spartito a stampa che recava sopra il pentagramma il titolo Lyon e il motto: Vivre en travaillant, ou mourir en combattant. Che si potrebbe tradurre, a un dipresso: Vivere del proprio lavoro, o morire combattendo.

"Dove l'avete trovata?" chiese subito Liszt. "Questa composizione non fa più parte della raccolta delle mie opere. Non viene più ristampata da..."

"Dal 1837" lo interruppe Pottier. "Me la regalò mio padre, il giorno del mio ventunesimo compleanno. Mi spiegò che un grande musicista l'aveva composta per celebrare il ricordo della rivolta degli operai disoccupati di Lione. Mi disse: se vuoi davvero fare l'artista, prendi esempio, figlio mio, e ricordati sempre da quale parte della barricata devi stare!"

Liszt guardò fisso il suo ospite, che ricambiava lo sguardo con fermezza. Poi sospirò. "Monsieur Pottier, i tempi sono cambiati. Persino quella testa calda del mio amico Wagner se n'è reso conto, ed è passato (come direste voi) dall'altra parte della barricata. L'epoca delle rivoluzioni è finita. Per sempre. Anche voialtri, col vostro folle tentativo laggiù in Francia, lo avete dimostrato. Datemi retta: la vostra cosiddetta questione sociale non ha alcuna soluzione. Non su questa terra, almeno. La sola cosa che posso fare per voi è scrivere due righe al priore del convento francescano che si trova a una lega da qui. E' mio amico. Vi darà ricetto e ospitalità, fino al giorno in cui Dio, nella Sua infinita misericordia, illuminerà la vostra mente, come già fece con la mia. Allora anche voi comprenderete, e vi rassegnerete alla Sua volontà".

Pottier rimase in silenzio. Poi fece per rimettere in tasca l'altro foglio di carta che ne aveva tratto poco prima e che stava per consegnare al grande musicista. Ma gli tremava la mano e, senza che lui se ne accorgesse, il foglio cadde per terra. Infine disse: "Bene, Monsieur Liszt. Vi chiedo scusa per l'incomodo e per il rischio che vi ho fatto correre. Mi ero sbagliato sul vostro conto. Ora non vi importunerò ulteriormente e, col vostro permesso, riprenderò il mio viaggio."

Stava per uscire senz'altro dallo studio di Liszt, ma quest'ultimo lo richiamo: "Aspettate, Monsieur Pottier. Non fatemi il torto di rifiutare la mia ospitalità, almeno sino a domattina... Tra poco sarà servita la colazione. Frattanto, accomodatevi, e siate così gentile da attendere che abbia finito i miei esercizi. Fra l'altro, suono meglio quando ho un pubblico ad ascoltarmi. Posso chiedervi inoltre, nuovamente, qual è la meta del vostro viaggio?"

Eugène Pottier si risedette. "Credo che andrò in Russia. C'è molto lavoro da fare, laggiù".

"In Russia!?" esclamò Liszt. Stava per aggiungere: voi siete pazzo, ma si trattenne. "Voi non sapete quel che dite! Ogni giorno, ogni giorno lo Zar incarcera, spedisce in Siberia o manda sul patibolo gente come voi! Ecco, guardate" - Liszt prese in fretta dallo scrittoio una rivista - "guardate questo giornale che mi è arrivato ieri da San Pietroburgo. Sapete leggere il cirillico? Ecco l'elenco dei terroristi che sono stati impiccati il mese scorso per avere cospirato contro la monarchia: Rodion Raskolnikov, Nikolaj Stavrogin, Aleksandr Uljanov... Va avanti per un'intera pagina! E voi volete andare in Russia?"

Pottier ribatté con calma: "Terroristi, avete detto? Uhm... no, non è questa la strada. Noi vinceremo, ma seguendo un altro cammino."

"Ah, sì? E quale, se mi è concesso chiederlo?

"Non lo so. Forse la strada non c'è. Ma so che c'è da camminare".

Liszt sospirò. Guardò Pottier. Poi guardò il giornale russo. Poi guardò il suo pianoforte. Infine ci si sedette e, senza dire niente, attaccò a suonarlo.

Suonava già da un quarto d'ora, e le tortuose armonie della Sonata in si minore si dipanavano con sicurezza sotto le sue dita, come un filo di lana in un labirinto, quando Liszt sentì un suono inconfondibile provenire dalla poltrona del poeta. Liszt portò a termine l'esecuzione della Sonata, poi si alzò dal pianoforte e risistemò delicatamente il poggiatesta imbottito sotto la tempia di Pottier. Quest'ultimo smise di russare, ma non si svegliò. Poi il musicista si chinò a raccogliere il foglio di carta che era caduto dalla tasca di Pottier. Si risedé al pianoforte e lo lesse. Era scritto in versi e iniziava così:

"Debout, les damnés de la terre
Debout, les forçats de la faim!
La raison tonne en son cratère
C'est l'éruption de la fin.
Du passé faisons table rase.
Foules, esclaves, debout, debout!
Le monde va changer de base.
Nous ne sommes rien, soyons tout!"


Il poema andava avanti su questo tono per un'altra decina di strofe. Liszt lo lesse con attenzione. Poi sbuffò forte col naso, mise il foglio da parte e si rimise al piano. Attaccò a suonare una sua composizione che s'intitolava Funérailles. Si interruppe dopo poche battute. Poi, per la prima volta dopo decenni, dalla cassa armonica rintoccarono le possenti note iniziali di Lyon. Ma anche questa esecuzione fu lasciata a metà.

Liszt si prese la faccia tra le mani. Cosa gli stava succedendo?

Infine il musicista sembrò distendersi. Riprese in mano il foglio con la poesia di Pottier e lo pose sul leggìo. Iniziò ad improvvisare. Si udì una melodia piuttosto bella, allo stesso tempo vivace e solenne, in ritmo giambico. (Molto tempo dopo, qualcuno l'avrebbe descritta come una via di mezzo fra Oh, my darling Clementine e La cucaracha).

Subito iniziò a variare. Mentre un ritmo lento, profondo e pauroso rombava nella parte sinistra della tastiera, la melodia si trasformò in un canto popolare slavo che sembrava provenire dall'inizio dei tempi.
Poi il ritmo si fece più veloce, incalzante e sincopato, come di tamburi africani, mentre la melodia, stranamente deformata in semitoni, diede l'allucinante impressione di provenire non più da un pianoforte, ma da una tromba con sordina, o da qualche altro strano strumento a fiato non ancora inventato.

Poi ancora la stessa melodia, resa esile, sottile e tintinnante, si stagliò nelle zone alte della tastiera, sullo sfondo di colpi molto distanziati, come di un gong, che provenivano dalla mano sinistra. Senza soluzione di continuità, questo tintinnio si tramutò nel canto di un muezzin. Poi fu come se, prodigiosamente, tutte queste versioni della stessa identica melodia risuonassero insieme. Pottier, che nel frattempo si era svegliato, non credeva ai propri occhi. Le mani di Liszt si muovevano ad una velocità sovrumana, producendo una fittissima gragnuola di note di ogni altezza, che scemava e poi di nuovo s'intensificava, fino a scoppiare in un'onda di energia di terrificante violenza. Infine, mentre le ultime risonanze dell'esplosione ancora si dissolvevano, la melodia iniziale ritornò piano, semplice ed infantile, lenta, simile ad un carillon che suonasse una ninna-nanna.

La straordinaria esibizione di Liszt aveva intanto richiamato tutta la sua servitù, che si era raccolta ad ascoltare in un piccolo drappello dietro la porta dello studio: erano anni che non lo sentivano suonare a quel modo. Fra di loro, c'era una famigliola composta da una giovane coppia con la loro bambina di tre anni.

"Hai sentito, Sandor?" disse la moglie. "Tu dicevi che il vecchio si era ormai completamente rincitrullito..."

"Sì, Hannah, te lo confermo: il vecchio si è totalmente rimbecillito. Ma per sua fortuna, le mani ce le ha ancora buone. Vieni, Milena!" prese in braccio la sua figlioletta, "ascolta. Un giorno anche tu dovrai suonare così".

Pubblicato il 7 ottobre 2010, qui: http://www.evulon.net/news.php?extend.3549


          Resistance at Standing Rock: Dispatches from the Front Lines        

UPDATES:





  • Water Protector Legal Collective Files Suit for Excessive Force against Peaceful Protesters


  • Veterans to Serve as ‘Human Shields’ for Dakota Pipeline Protesters



  • Oceti Sakowin encampment on Oct. 6, 2016. The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin, (Och-et-eeshak-oh-win) meaning Seven Council Fires.








    Story and Photos by John Briggs

    Cool Justice Editor's Note: OK to repost, courtesy of John Briggs and The Cool Justice Report.







    Corporate – Government Alliance Versus the American People

    Native Americans from tribes across the country have gathered on the windswept plains of North Dakota to pray with Mother Earth to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from pumping 500,000 gallons of oil a day beneath the Missouri River. The natives know the pipeline will most certainly leak or break, as have most U.S. pipelines, fouling the water for the Great Sioux Nation and 18 million non-Natives downstream.

    The standoff -- which began in April -- continues as a new U.S. administration ascends to power with a president-elect who campaigned denying human-caused climate change and threatening the Paris Climate accords. This remains the overriding reality despite a mini walk back by Donald Trump pledging an open mind to The New York Times this week.

    Standing Rock illuminates the brazen alliance that has developed between corporate and government interests. Viewed from the front lines, the law has been turned into a fig leaf for repression and suppression. Only the discipline and spiritual clarity of the water protectors and the native elders has kept people from being killed or seriously injured since April when the movement began.

    The fused police-DAPL force is doing everything it can to incite a violent reaction from the resisters so as to crack down, clear the camps, imprison, or even gun down the natives. More than one commentator has found the atmosphere at Standing Rock similar to what led to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 when 300 Sioux were murdered by government troops who mistook their prayerful Ghost Dance for a war dance.

    A great deal is at issue at Standing Rock. The Sioux and their numerous native and non-native allies face a militarized force whose composition tells us something dark about the complex façade that U.S. democracy has become and suggests the proto-fascist zombi lurking beneath. More deeply, Standing Rock also emblemizes a struggle that is taking place at this moment in human history between two distinct modes of human consciousness.

    One mode is the familiar anthropocentric (human-centered) consciousness that the dominant culture most of us were born into favors—a consciousness that assumes reality is a collection of objects to be extracted, owned, and branded. Humans are the focus of this consciousness, meaning that our concerns about climate change focus primarily on the fate of our own species.

    Distinct from this anthropocentric mind-set is a second, ancient and spiritual mode of awareness that understands that the earth and its landscapes are not objects; they are relationships, including the tangle of relationships that gave us birth. This ancient mode of consciousness is potential in everyone, but for most it has been buried beneath the piles of conceptual objects that we have come to believe constitute our reality.

    The Indigenous Peoples gathered at Standing Rock are guided by this ancient, holistic, earth-mind consciousness, and so they understand that humans are not the most valuable living objects on the planet: we are not in control of the planet; it is not our job to manage nature; rather, our sacred task is to work with Mother Earth and other beings as members of Earth’s family. If we don’t, Mother Earth will make us face this spiritual truth one way or another.

    Guided by their ancient, earth-mind awareness, Native Americans have taken up a role as “water protectors.” “Mni Wiconi, Water is Life” is the slogan of the Standing Rock movement.

    Every day scores of Sioux from North Dakota, South Dakota and nearby states, along with Paiute, Shoshoni, Diné, and a sampling of other Natives from the 300 or so tribes whose flags fly at the Standing Rock encampments set out to pipeline construction sites in a convoy to engage in “actions” on the “front lines.”

    There the protectors sing and pray in the face of physical harassment and arrests by heavily armed police fused with a corporate security force.

    DAPL and their overlord company, Energy Transfer Partners, have lavished campaign contributions on politicians in North Dakota and the U.S. Congress so that they could use the state’s eminent domain powers to force purchase of land for the pipeline all across North Dakota, beginning in the Bakken fields in the northwest corner of the state where the fracked crude oil is extracted. Similar eminent domain arrangements were achieved in other states through which the 1,200-mile line traverses before reaching a river port in Illinois. The company promised Congress and the public that the pipeline would carry oil for 100 percent domestic use only, but it is clear from reporting done by the website The Intercept that the oil will be sold on international markets.

  • Though Promised for Domestic Use, Dakota Access Pipeline May Fuel Oil Exports


  • The DAPL line, now virtually complete except for permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in the link that crosses under the Missouri River, passes just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The DAPL construction runs through sacred burial and archeological grounds that the Lakota people were given free access to by treaties with the U.S. Government in the 19th Century. In mounting their resistance to the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux have been turned into “trespassers on their own land.”

    In late August, the tribe’s lawyers filed a stop work petition in federal court detailing areas where sacred sites would be disturbed if construction continued on its planned trajectory. The federal judge routinely forwarded a copy of the filing to DAPL. Over Labor Day weekend, when the company would not have been expected to work, pipeline crews leapfrogged to the disputed sacred and preemptively bulldozed them under. Too late, the judge granted the Sioux an emergency restraining order, but, then in a curious move, allowed construction in some areas where sacred sites have been discovered. DAPL has ignored a request from the Obama administration not to work in buffer areas on either side of the river. No fines have been imposed for intentionally bulldozing the disputed sacred sites.

  • The Legal Case for Blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline


  • Burial ground at center of police confrontations is known historical site


  • In recent live-stream videos from the front lines, DAPL-police snipers can be seen perched on top of a sacred mound called Turtle Island, their high-powered rifle crosshairs trained on the water protectors who are standing in prayer in the frigid lake below.

    North Dakota wants the federal government to pick up the tab for the massive expenditures required to keep the Native Americans under their guns. Alternatively, the CEO of Energy Transfers, Kelcy Warren, has offered to pick up the millions-of-dollars tab.

  • ETP CEO Kelcy Warren Says They Have Offered to Pay Protest Related Expenses


  • Native media have documented that DAPL has already been supplying military-style equipment, drones, armored vehicles, riot gear, water canons, concussion grenades and other armaments. The tax-payer-funded and corporate-sponsored front lines phalanx is led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, which has local jurisdiction, reinforced by North Dakota State Troopers, North Dakota National Guard units, sheriffs and police from six nearby states—all interpenetrated by DAPL security (while the FBI lurks in the background). A contingent of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Sheriffs’ Deputies were recalled following protests back home. Residents in the state of Ohio are writing letters and calling legislators to express their distress that their law enforcement has been enlisted into this repressive force.

  • Hennepin Co. sheriff's deputies leave Standing Rock protest


  • Native media’s live stream videos show DAPL security teams in mirror-visor helmets and black ops body armor with no identification, mingling with the police, sometimes directing them when and who to mace or pepper spray. They point out media making video for arrest. The big fossil fuel company evidently has plenty of experience dealing with protestors around the world. In their blank, reflecting visors we can see the soulless Darth Vader face of the government-corporate proto-fascist state the U.S. is becoming.

    Of course, this struggle with the Wasi’chu (Lakota word for the white man, meaning literally “takes too much”) is an old story for Native-Americans. In the 18th and 19th centuries it took the form of the Sioux nations trying to hold back the tsunami of colonizers flooding into their ancestral lands, occupying and despoiling them. The big difference now is that the fire-power of the state (think Custer’s 7th Cavalry or present day militarized police) has been fused with vast profit centers dependent for their existence on plundering the earth in the name of energy-squandering lifestyle survival.

    The provocations the water protectors endure take many forms. There is the psychological pressure of constant surveillance: the heavy police presence on the roads around tribal and reservation lands, the DPLA helicopter and a small plane that circle constantly above the encampments; there is the Bureau of Indian Affairs station set up on a knoll to suck out data from the cell phones of anyone in the area. There is the pepper spraying and tasing of water protectors who are praying. There is the more recent blasting of the protectors with freezing water canons in sub zero weather. There is the constant threat of weapons pointed at them. One twitching trigger finger could set off a slaughter.

    The water protectors are unarmed. The resistance movement does not allow guns in the encampments. One day, at one of the front line actions, an armed man showed up with a pistol and began firing. Possibly he was paid by DAPL to create an incident. The Natives are aware of paid provocateurs or agitators passing through the camps, pulling dirty tricks, looking to start something. Antimedia reported about the man with the gun: “According to an official statement from the tribe, the man fired several shots from his gun before being peacefully apprehended by tribal police. Witnesses at the scene say he pointed his gun at several protesters. The man was clearly trying to provoke violence that could later be used to demonize protesters who have so far remained peaceful.”

    The news site added, “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protesters… [As images show], the man was not harmed. The Sheriff’s Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Media’s attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriffs were ignored.”

  • Dakota Access Caught Infiltrating Protests to Incite Violence, Funding Trolls Online


  • On a hill overlooking Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the Standing Rock encampments, an old army tent houses the field office of the rotating teams of lawyers who come to Standing Rock to help out. They use donations made to the resistance to bail out protectors who have been arrested; they try to negotiate with the police so the protectors can be allowed to pray. The constant arrests on trumped-up charges are an ongoing harassment—people maced or beaten, violently thrown to the ground and zip-tied. Often activists are charged with trespass and “riot” on the Morton County Sheriff’s novel legal theory that if several people are arrested for trespass that must signify that they were engaged in a riot.

    All this naturally requires court time and money to defend, incarceration in usually unpleasant conditions, including dog kennels. (Though the white allies who are arrested seem to get better treatment.)

    Arrests are to be expected as a consequence of civil disobedience. But some arrests are directed at chilling speech. One lawyer who came to Standing Rock from the Oregon-based Civil Liberties Defense Center, an activist defense nonprofit primarily involved in climate protests, https://cldc.org/ told Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network that often after the day’s action was over, police would stop the last cars in the caravan. They would then make “snatch and grab” arrests, impounding the cars of people who had come to support the water protectors but had no expectation that they’d be arrested when the action was over and the police told them to leave. They have to pay heavy fines ($900) to get their cars back. She said the arrests and impoundment fines for their cars are unlawful. “The intention with those types of actions is to scare out-of-towners from being comfortable coming to these actions. So they’re trying to chill the rights of others to come and participate in these protests.”

  • Environmental Lawyer Explains Standing Rock Legal Issues




  • The authorities regularly characterize the natives as terrorists, and local radio spreads false rumors of farm animals being slaughtered and stolen, reported vandalism—the kind of thing you would expect from psychologically projected homesteader fears about savage Indians of earlier centuries.

    Yes, Magazine on Oct. 31 reported: “The county sheriff is claiming the water protectors were violent and that police were stopping a riot. But hours of live video feed from people caught in the confrontation showed instead a military-style assault on unarmed people: police beating people with batons, police with assault rifles, chemical mace, guns firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, tasers.”

  • Why Police From 7 Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions


  • The UN has sent human rights observers. According to Salon, Nov. 16, 2016: “The U.N. special rapporteur said that American law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force against protesters.

    “ ‘This is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity,’ [Maina] Kiai [U.N. special rapporteur] said in his statement, which was issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and was endorsed by several other U.N. experts.

  • Native Americans facing excessive force in North Dakota pipeline protests – UN expert


  • “At least 400 activists have been detained and often have been held in ‘inhuman and degrading conditions in detention,’ Kiai added. Some indigenous protesters have said they were treated like animals and even held in dog kennels.

  • Dakota pipeline protesters say they were detained in dog kennels; 268 arrested in week of police crackdown


  • “ ‘Marking people with numbers and detaining them in overcrowded cages, on the bare concrete floor, without being provided with medical care, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment,’ the U.N. expert said.

    “ ‘The excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong,’ he continued, noting that it violates U.N. guidelines on business and human rights.

    “Amnesty International USA, which has repeatedly criticized authorities for not respecting the rights of protesters, issued another statement on Tuesday noting that U.S. authorities had put up roadblocks to prevent journalists and human rights observers from documenting the protests and the official response.”

  • U.N. experts call for halt in Dakota Access pipeline, blast “excessive force” against protesters


  • Living on Earth reporter Sandy Tolan reflected: “You know, at times I felt I was back reporting in the West Bank, and not the Northern Plains…”

  • Standing With the Standing Rock Sioux


  • The Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians

    Compare the government response at Standing Rock with the response occasioned by Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed militants when they occupied Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month in January 2016. Imagine if the Bundy gang had been pepper sprayed, beaten, hit with water cannon, tased. But the Bundy crew were taking over the refuge to proclaim their belief that public lands should be given free to the profit-making private ranching business. In other words, the Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians.

    The mainstream corporate media has largely ignored the stand-off at Standing Rock. Rallies have taken place around the world at places like Tokyo, Stockholm, and Auckland, but the sad truth is many foreigners have heard more about Standing Rock than Americans have. Not surprising. The news editors, working for corporate media conglomerates, choose what they believe we should know and what fits the larger corporate agenda, and so they devote massively more play to Brad Pitt, to the gossipy politics of who’s-on-first, and to whatever the latest glittering consumer thing is than they do to climate change and issues highlighted by the poor and the powerless, like Standing Rock. What coverage that does exist is usually cursory and misleading.

    Fortunately, alternative media have been on the scene and active at Standing Rock. As someone who taught journalism for more nearly 20 years, it has been refreshing for me to see what the alternative press is accomplishing.

    Amy Goodman of the webcast Democracy Now brought the prayer-resistance movement to national attention over the summer. She was arrested and charged with riot in absentia for her live reports of water protectors being set upon by dogs. The charge was later dismissed in court.

    Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network has done searching interviews and incisive commentary from the scene.

    But my absolute favorite news source at Standing Rock is Myron Dewey’s Digital Smoke Signals. Dewey does updates every day, which he posts on Facebook. I highly recommend anyone who has a Facebook account to “follow” him. I went to Standing Rock on Oct. 4-11 with two friends and I have since been able to keep up with developments on the ground through Dewey’s Facebook broadcasts. He posts live stream unedited clips that constitute what he calls an ongoing “documentation” of what is happening day-to-day at the movement.

    Here is Dewey at night standing on a hillside next to the Oceti Sakowin encampment. His face appears in the glow of his screen. Then he’s panning and zooming in on a large grassfire as he’s telling us about it. His finger appears in the screen and points out where the fire started. He says the helicopter which constantly circulates over the camp suddenly disappeared 20 minutes before they saw the first flames. He zooms to the area where he and the person he is with first spotted the fire. He says, “It looked like someone using a drip torch.” He says they called 911, but it’s been over an hour and the Morton County Fire Department hasn’t shown up. He tells the people in the camp, his audience, not to worry, though. It looks like the fire was started by DAPL employees to scare them or hurt them. But the Oceti Sakowin is full of Indians who supplement their income by wild-land firefighting, work that also benefits Mother Earth; he mentions that he is himself a “hotshot” firefighter [one of the elite crews]. He and his fellow firefighters can tell by the wind direction that the fire won’t harm the camp.

    Now here’s Dewey on a bright morning walking along the road by Oceti Sakowin. A young man appears on screen, and Dewey asks him who he is and why he’s here. He’s from the Paiute nation. “I’m here to protect the water,” he says. Dewey asks him to sing a Paiute song. The young man closes his eyes and sings.

    In another nighttime broadcast find we ourselves looking through a car windshield, headlights illuminating the highway, centerlines whizzing by. We hear voices talking in the backseat. The car drives on and on. We’re just watching the road. Then ahead is a police roadblock. The police van looms. Dewey gets out with his camera and calls over to the officers, asks them where they’re from, inquires about where the road blocks are, what are the open routes. At one level it’s a mundane exchange between a citizen and police, but you experience the edginess of the situation. More deeply, you feel the riskiness and pathos that is involved any human interaction. Dewey firmly exercises his right to have these protect-and-serve police respond to him civilly; he is cordial and respectful in a way that reinforces to them and to his viewers that he is after all not their enemy but a fellow human being. Dewey asks more questions and the lead officer says he doesn’t want to be filmed; Dewey offers to turn his camera away from them and onto himself. The distant officers disappear from the screen and Dewey’s face fills it. The contact officer walks nearer; we can hear his voice. Dewey can’t resist a joke, though. He asks the officer if he’s sure he doesn’t want to become famous by putting his face on Dewey’s screen? You realize these are just guys doing their job. Dewey understands that, but he also wants to educate them about the water protectors’ mission. He never misses an opportunity to educate his adversary, as well as his own people about the larger dimensions of the Standing Rock resistance. When he gets back in the car, someone in the back seat says “Let’s get out of here; this is enemy territory.” Dewey laughs, turning the car around, “It’s not enemy territory.”

    I believe you learn more about Standing Rock by watching Dewey’s unedited video than you ever could from watching any number of dramatically produced, commercially constricted reports on CNN, complete with the drumb-drumb latest crisis theme music.

    Dewey explains to his viewers that what they’re seeing is a “documentation” that’s not edited. “It’s not scripted. It’s not acted out.”

    After a month of watching Dewey’s daily reports I realize more fully than I ever have before how ghastly and vacuous mainstream news reporting is: a production where facts have been emptied of the humanity of real encounters, replaced by the shallow performances of reporters and news sources, slick, clichéd phrasing, behavior slotted into ready made categories, events analyzed and even predigested. The news about reality comes to us compartmentalized in trays like tasteless microwave dinners. Rarely is the reader or viewer allowed to simply experience the event unfolding through the reporter’s eyes or camera. The stories are crafted and slickly packaged. Their very polish and stimulating presentation sabotages their meaning and replaces it with a meaningless, artificial understanding.

    Note that I am not saying that the news these days is politically biased. Some obviously is, but the left or right bias charge is a serious red herring, a mis-direction. In fact, in mainstream media’s very effort to appear neutral and unbiased means events are chopped up and pieced together to fit the templates of a few hackneyed forms of storytelling: the winner-loser story, the conflict story, the individual overcoming obstacles story, the facing bad choices stories, he-said, she-said stories, scandal stories, hypocrisy stories. You’ve seen them all, repeatedly.

    Most of these templates come plated with a cynicism, skepticism, superiority, or sentimentality that grabs our attention by adding a dash of disgust. The current journalistic manner of telling stories reduces and dismisses the story in a way that sometimes makes the commercials and pop-up ads come as a relief. None of the common journalistic templates or attitude has much to do with real life as it’s lived in the moment. It’s not what people really experience in their lives. Instead, it’s how they’ve been conditioned to wrap up experience afterward in a dramatized way that leaches out the nuance, that leaves out the moment-to-moment uncertainty, or as the Lakota call it, the Wakan, the deep mystery of relationships that permeates every event. And that’s what Dewey’s broadcasts have in abundance. You get to see him interacting with the people who show up on his screen. You get to feel his humanity and the mystery of everyday relationships taking place at Standing Rock that he brings to light. It’s certainly not dramatic or melodramatic. It’s not interesting or stimulating in the usual way. It does seem really important.

    So when Dewey sits in his parked car and does an update video on “10 things to know about DAPL” (Nov. 18, 2016), there’s no editing and no script, meaning that you get to see him thinking through what those top 10 things might be. Some points he makes are incisive and comic, others not so much. But the not-so-much ones can lead you to thinking about gray areas, the imprecise observations we all make. He asks a guy who just got in the car to help out with his list and the guy, William Hawk Birdshead, goes immediately serious on him until Dewey says, “I was trying to keep it light.” So the Birdshead says, “Laughter is good medicine.” Suddenly they’re off. Dewey mimics the shifty-eyed look of the FBI guys lurking around the area and denying they are FBI, the DAPL security characters trying to look all steely and tough. We learn that in the encampments they say that “DAPL dresses up like Ninja Turtles.” You can tell that it’s DAPL undercover because those guys never drive rez cars, which are rusted and dented. Nobody is spared. Dewey describes the water protectors just arriving from California as dudes who’ve “got their animal spirits on… They’re all furred up. They’re coming in all mystical and crystals.” He and his buddy laugh, which Dewey says is laughter “in a good way,” because the whole thing going on at Standing Rock is deadly serious but you need laughter, because that’s good medicine for healing. And healing and praying are about “getting reconnected with the Earth.”

    This points to a major difference between anthropocentric prayer as most of us know it and earth-mind prayer. In the prayer that most people are familiar with, an individual seeks intercession for human needs with a transcendent being. The Native prayer is about healing not getting. The prayer is a community ceremony or song or ritual to maintain or restore the balance between and among beings, both animate and inanimate. Prayer is to all my relatives, all my relations, the birds, the water, the wind, the buffalo, my family, even those who oppose me as enemies. Mitakuye Oyasin is an important Lakota phrase that means “all my relations.” When you’re watching a Dewey update from Standing Rock you’re experiencing Mitakuye Oyasin in action. It’s newscasting as a kind of prayer, in the earth-mind sense. Whether he’s engaging in laughter or educating about the spiritual importance of water, you can see that what he’s getting at is healing relationships. Watching and listening, you get to be part of that healing.

    What Dewey does goes way beyond advocacy journalism.

    Our traveling companion for our visit to Standing Rock, Lakota elder Tiokasin Ghosthorse, also provides a good way to keep up with developments through the interviews he conducts for his weekly syndicated broadcast from WPKN in Bridgeport Conn. and WBAI in New York City. On Oct. 31, 2016, Tiokasin interviewed a young man who was seized on Oct. 27 when a frontline camp was destroyed by police. Trenton Joseph Castillas Bakeberg, in the bloodline of Crazy Horse, was praying in a sweat lodge when the militarized police swept through the camp. They yanked him out of the sweat lodge and arrested him. The young water protector told Tiokasin:

    “I pray that we’ll be able to keep a state of prayer and peace, as we have been… Although there’s some people on our side are more likely to tend toward violence. But there’s also people on our side to stop them. Don’t start a fight. That’s what it’s all about, keeping it peaceful because the elders told us in the beginning that all it takes is one single act of violence, one person attacking a police officer and they’ll unleash the fear on all of us. This wrath that we have with our military overseas, we’re beginning to see it now in the heart of our own country. All for the greed and the corporate interests of this government. They say we’re a democracy but it’s not showing anymore. The people didn’t want this pipeline, but this foreign entity that they call a corporation, Energy Transfers, is saying, we don’t care. We want this money. We need this for economic stability of the country and that somehow trumps the interests of our communities and our nation as a whole….We’re standing up to this corporate machine with prayer and love.”

  • Forcibly removed from prayer at Standing Rock


  • Against a heavily armed, corporatized democracy designed to ensure that only powerful business and political elites rule the land and possess the wealth of its objects, the Native-American people at Standing Rock stand in defense of Mother Earth armed with songs, prayers, and an understanding that Earth’s objects are us, and we are them. They are our relatives. It seems better armament than most of us Wasi’shu possess. Webster defines fascism as “a political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.” It’s an incendiary word, and readers might think ill of me for introducing it here. Certainly we are not a fascist state yet. But for the prayer-resistance at Standing Rock, the clear alliance between corporate and government interests to quell their opposition under color of the law has a fascist flavor.

    It should not surprise anyone that the new US president reportedly holds stocks that directly fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and that the DAPL CEO Kelcy Warren gave the Trump campaign a substantial donation.

  • Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline


  • This is how the proto-fascism works. Ironically (or perhaps absurdly), Trump may have been elected by people hoping he would somehow counter the tightening grip of multinational corporations on their lives. One might wish for that to happen.

    At a deep level, Standing Rock may suggest that such absurdities as a Trump presidency occur because our mode of consciousness is impaired or inadequate to the situation it has created on our planet at this historical time. Too many of us have gone dead to the natural world we come from. Our obsessive anthropocentric mode of consciousness has reduced nature and reality at large to a bunch of things we have names for—things that feed our greed. Fortunately, many Indigenous people have retained an acute and ancient consciousness that we are those rocks and trees and clouds, and birds and water that we see outside our windows, and that restoring our relationships with them is incumbent on us.

    John Briggs is emeritus distinguished Professor of Writing and Aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University. He was the English Department’s journalism coordinator for 18 years and was one of the founders of Western’s Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. He is the author of several well-known books on chaos theory, fractals and creativity. He lives in the hilltown of Granville, Mass., where served as a Selectman for five years and as reserve police officer for 10 years.


    When people at Standing Rock talk about the black snake they mean the pipeline, referring to an old Sioux legend about a black snake that will threaten the end of the world. The Lakota prophet Black Elk said that in the seventh generation, the Sioux tribes would unite to save the world.

    Media covering the Standing Rock resistance movement:

  • Digital Smoke Signals


  • Myron Dewey, Facebook


  • The Antimedia


  • Democracy Now


  • The Intercept


  • The Guardian


  • Censored News


  • Unicorn Riot


  • Living on Earth


  • The Indigenous Environmental Network


  • Status of Standing Rock court claim



  •           Soberanía: sus verdaderas implicaciones.        
    La soberanía, un "constructo" que se come al individuo.
    Luego de que ciertos personajes que rara vez han tenido el sol en el cenit, en oficinas oscuras en Europa, hayan determinado "quitar" una cierta porción de mar a Colombia al Norte de San Andrés, se revela ese "constructo" de nación, de estado y de soberanía. El tema está bastante de moda, y probablemente, en otras oficinas en la fría capital de Colombia, con pieles no bronceadas y que quizás ni conocen ese pedazo de mar, se discute el impacto que tiene sobre "la soberanía nacional". Toda clase de reacciones se escuchan al respecto, bueno en general el sentimiento es de rechazo, hasta para mí, supuestamente que no creo en esas cosas.

    El problema para mí se resume básicamente en que las fronteras, Colombo-Nicaragüense en este caso, son "constructos" como dice Alias Aristóteles, que en últimas revelan ficciones. ¿El estado existe? Efectivamente, pero no es más que poder brutal organizado, sin más legitimidad que la que tendría una banda de ladrones, sicarios o terroristas. ¿Cómo comparas la bandera y la nación con ladrones? No sé si sean más buenos o más malos, eso a mí no me compete, lo que sí son es única e igualmente ilegítimos, más "visajosos", más usuales en mi vida y con una mentira mejor montada. Pero hay políticos de buena fe, sí, también hay ladrones, sicarios, terroristas de buena fe, ¿Qué tanto pesa la intención? Este poder brutal organizado es limitante.

    La palabra frontera es sinónimo de límite y es bastante curioso que se llame igual la división entre Colombia y Venezuela, como la división del territorio de las bandas de sicarios de Medellín. Ambas fronteras. Dicen que las de los combos o bandas son "invisibles", pero ¿alguien ha visto el meridiano 82? ¿en qué parte del río Táchira entre Villa del Rosario y San Antonio del Táchira hay una línea que separe como en los mapas? La carrera 90 puede ser tan visible o tan invisible como frontera que el río Táchira. El que haya visto el meridiano 82 debe estar bastante trabado y confundir la tierra con el mapa de la misma. Algo así hacen los poderes, nos hacen confundir la tierra con el dibujo que hizo un poderoso de la misma.

    Pero todo este dolor "patrio" por la pérdida de una franja de mar al norte de San Andrés, es un poco irónico la verdad. ¿Sentimos la misma "patria" en una vuelta en la DIAN? ¿Por qué las empresas han de dar el 33% de su renta líquida al estado? ¿Por la misma razón que nos duele la pérdida de "mar territorial" que la mayoría ni siquiera conocemos? ¿Cómo puede pertenecernos algo sobre el cuál ni remotamente ejercemos dominio? ¿Por qué alguien dibujó en un mapa, de forma más o menos arbitraria, que un lugar pertenecía a un país, lo hace suyo? ¿Dominio eminente? ¿Por qué? Si es así ¡qué buena forma de adquirir, dibujaré que la luna es mía y procederé a cobrar tributos cada que la miren!

    El caso es que la "patria" no existe, es un concepto arbitrario. Nietzsche al respecto habla más bien de la "hijatria" o el lugar que vamos a dejarle a nuestros hijos, esto lo decía con sarcasmo, quizás para negar lo adsurdo del concepto. Ese concepto de "patria" únicamente sirve para legitimar abusos. ¿Qué clase de abusos? Un señor nace en Nicaragua y otro a pocas millas náuticas en San Andrés, ¿Por qué el San Andresano no puede pescar en aguas "nicaragüenses" y el Nicaragüense en aguas Colombianas? Por ese "bello" y anquilosado concepto de soberanía que cree en nosotros el prejuicio que esas "aguas" son "nuestras". Por esa idea que tenemos en la cabeza, que es parte del dominio intelectual que ejerce el estado en nosotros a través de la educación, es que un pescador tiene esa limitación. 

    La naturaleza funciona de manera diferente un cardúmen de peces vive al vaivén de su alimento, alimento que un día estará más acá del meridiano 82 o más allá del mismo. La naturaleza de un buen pescador creería yo, no es la de portar una bandera en su bote, es la de seguir las mareas, corrientes marinas, los amaneceres y atardeceres y dirigirse allí para pescar con sus redes y sus estrategias. Sin embargo, la natural inclinación del trabajo del pescador, se ve truncada por "constructos" como el de soberanía. "Constructos" en la que creen una serie de burócratas en la Haya y se imaginan que con eso están salvando el mundo, mientras mantienen las ideas que limitan la pesca de unos seres humanos. Querido amigo pescador isleño, ¡pesque donde Haya, no donde le diga la Haya! Esto es un desafío, un día habrá en "Colombia" y otro día en "Nicaragua" y lo importante no es creer en la bandera, es hacer bien su trabajo.

    Por más que haya rechazo a todo lo que signifique Nicaragua, y que me linchen, el mismo derecho a pescar donde le plazca lo tiene el "Nicaragüense" que el "Colombiano". Un derecho que le nace porque los peces libres no son de nadie, por eso el primero que los encuentre y los aproveche se hará su dueño. Los Nicaragüenses son mis amigos, como lo puede ser cualquier ser humano. Me disgusta el presidente de Nicaragua, pero no porque sea nicaragüense, como la mayoría de la gente que me cae mal es de Colombia pero no me cae mal por ser colombiana. 

    La verdadera implicación de la soberanía es la frontera, frontera que limita, aliena e impone una serie de criterios arbitrarios que no son acordes con la naturaleza. Eso lo vemos claramente en los pescadores que de aquí o de allá deben pescar donde les plazca, no donde los "constructos" o imaginarios sobre cómo se divide la tierra. Ese "mar territorial" que nos duele, no es más que el dolor de que nos limiten en vez de limitar, pero es tan injusto limitar como que nos limiten. El prejuicio que nos crea la "patria" es lo que nos limita en negocios, amistades, acciones, nos limita a ser humanos más que ser un invento "colombianos". Invento que es bastante ridículo y teatral como reconocía el filósofo Fernando González, aun considerando la patria como una posibilidad. El "constructo" de Colombia ni si quiera es autóctono, es lo que decía Fernando González aún considerando esa posibilidad de patria. Finalmente, esos niños de la Haya creen que jugando con esos "constructos" e imaginarios limitantes, que nada tienen que ver con la verdadera naturaleza humana, evitan guerras, cuando la verdad es que sus ideas acerca del poder están más cercanas a la idea de clan, combo, masa ridícula, asociación de cazadores, no sé, esas ideas de películas con clanes y masas que con aquellas que van con la libertad, la justicia, el derecho natural y el desarrollo.

              ILIQUIDEZ E IMPUESTOS: Ineficiencias del sistema tributario.        
    Yo pesco y el estado pesca lo que pesco...
    El sistema tributario justo es aquel que no existe. En justicia todo derecho tiene su causa en términos antropológicos o económicos. Ahora bien, si no hay una causa para una determinada erogación, por más que sea "legal", estamos ante una injusticia y un enriquecimiento sin causa. Ahora bien, dirán los constitucionalistas -que creen que un texto es vinculante porque sí- que es que es nuestra "contribución al bien común". La verdad eso no son más que teorías que producen unos sofistas burócratas para permanecer en sus deliciosos tronos de poder. ¿Acaso usted firmó la constitución? ¿Por qué tiene que pagar por proyectos de los políticos que muchas veces son ineficientes de los cuales no está de acuerdo con muchos?

    Por ejemplo, a muchas personas que estamos en desacuerdo con el Asesinato de Niños por nacer, nos obligan a financiar ese crimen por una decisión de 5 magistrados. ¿Por qué en aras del supuesto bien común tendría yo que seguir como un esclavo aquellos lineamientos? ¿Por qué tenemos que permitir que el dinero que nosotros ganamos se utilice para financiar el crimen de unas pocas multinacionales perversas? 

    Ya decía Lysander Spooner:
    "Todos los grandes gobiernos de la tierra - los que hoy existen como los que han ido desapareciendo - han tenido el mismo carácter. No pasan de simples bandas de ladrones que se han asociado con el fin de despojar, conquistar y someter a sus semejantes." (Tomado de SPOONER, Lysander. “El derecho natural: la ciencia de la justicia” En Wikisource tomado dehttp://es.wikisource.org/wiki/El_derecho_natural:_la_ciencia_de_la_justicia 08/10/2009 02:39 p.m. Capítulo III. El derecho natural contra la legislación. Segunda parte del Capítulo.)
    Y es que el fenómeno es bastante cierto y se observa por ejemplo en los denominados "combos" de Medellín que muchos quieren incluir en la "institucionalidad". Estos combos son bandas asociadas de delincuentes que dominan unas zonas limitadas por "fronteras invisibles", tienen allí el monopolio de las armas, cobran "vacuna" que no es más que una suma mensual a cambio de "protección". Inclusive se ha llegado a afirmar que los combos suelen tener mejor logística que la Policía Metropolitana. Nadie negaría que los "combos" son bandas delincuenciales, pero quiero que alguien me diga cuál es la diferencia de estos con el estado. A mi modo de ver la diferencia radica en el cómo, los combos son auténticos, el estado mentiroso. Además, los combos no requieren gigantescas justificaciones ideológicas para legitimar su acción, hacen lo que hacen y listo. Son delincuentes y lo saben, en cambio, muchas de las personas que trabajan en el estado ni si quiera se han dado cuenta para quién trabajan...

    LAS INEFICIENCIAS TRIBUTARIAS.
    Uno de los tantos "tributos" sin sentido.
    Norte de Santander cobra a todos las personas
    que salen del aeropuerto Camilo Daza de Cúcuta,
    esta estampilla. ¿Por qué? ¡Pura recocha!
    Contrario a los combos dueños de fronteras invisibles, restringiendo la entrada a dichas zonas, el estado se ha devanado el cerebro en generar justificaciones absurdas a su accionar y frente a los impuestos siempre está el trasfondo de la eficiencia. ¿Cómo recaudar más (para nada) sin desincentivar el trabajo de sus víctimas? El trasfondo de incentivar cierta actividad económica o cierta acción conveniente al estado provoca una serie de disposiciones tributarias. Conclusión un complejo enmarañado de disposiciones que generan una serie de costos operativos adicionales para la gestión empresarial.

    Ese enmarañado sistema genera que en Colombia haya un exceso de tributación. Tanto como los griegos que le tenían altar al "dios desconocido" en Colombia puede llegar un momento en que nos toque pagar al "impuesto desconocido". A grandes rasgos los principales impuestos en Colombia son:

    • Impuesto sobre la renta y complementarios.
    • Impuesto sobre el valor agregado (IVA).
    • Gravámen a los movimientos financieros (4 X 1000)
    • Impuesto de Industria y Comercio y Avisos y Tableros (Municipal).
    Estos impuestos, en apariencia simples, plantean una serie de complicaciones operativas a las empresas que hacen prácticamente que tenga una o dos personas de tiempo completo como mínimo resolviendo el problema de los impuestos. Es tal que muchos de los enredos provienen de presumir la mala fe del "contribuyente".

    SE PRESUME LA MALA FE DEL CONTRIBUYENTE.
    La verdad creo que este es un principio acertado de la tributación, ¡NADIE QUIERE PAGAR IMPUESTOS! No creo que haya alguien que pague la declaración bimestral del IVA o el impuesto de renta con una satisfacción y una sonrisa "Hoy contribuí al bien común" y pensando "Un compromiso tan lindo que no puedo evadir". Bueno quizás Ned Flanders en un capítulo de los Simpson, capítulo donde se hace una crítica anarquista y capitalista bastante positiva... y donde obviamente se ve que los impuestos son un dolor de cabeza...Aquí pueden verlo http://www.seriescoco.com/capitulo/los-simpsons/capitulo-20/40521

    El caso es que esa presunción de mala fe del contribuyente genera un enmarañado inteligentísimo que el estado llamó "retención en la fuente". La retención en la fuente aplica para todos los impuestos (excepto para el 4 X 1000 dado que éste ya es de por sí una retención del banco al dueño de la cuenta). Pero no se dio cuenta el inteligentísimo legislador que estaba confiándole el aumento de las contribuciones a la misma serie de personas de las que desconfiaba. Linda solución crear penalizar la "omisión del agente retenedor":

    ARTICULO 402. OMISION DEL AGENTE RETENEDOR O RECAUDADOR. <Ver Notas del Editor> <Penas aumentadas por el artículo 14 de la Ley 890 de 2004, a partir del 1o. de enero de 2005. El texto con las penas aumentadas es el siguiente:>

     El agente retenedor o autorretenedor que no consigne las sumas retenidas o autorretenidas por concepto de retención en la fuente dentro de los dos (2) meses siguientes a la fecha fijada por el Gobierno Nacional para la presentación y pago de la respectiva declaración de retención en la fuente o quien encargado de recaudar tasas o contribuciones públicas no las consigne dentro del término legal, incurrirá en prisión de cuarenta y ocho (48) a ciento ocho (108) meses y multa equivalente al doble de lo no consignado sin que supere el equivalente a 1.020.000 UVT.

    En la misma sanción incurrirá el responsable del impuesto sobre las ventas que, teniendo la obligación legal de hacerlo, no consigne las sumas recaudadas por dicho concepto, dentro de los dos (2) meses siguientes a la fecha fijada por el Gobierno Nacional para la presentación y pago de la respectiva declaración del impuesto sobre las ventas.

    Tratándose de sociedades u otras entidades, quedan sometidas a esas mismas sanciones las personas naturales encargadas en cada entidad del cumplimiento de dichas obligaciones.

    Ante esa circunstancia cualquiera que inicie una nueva persona jurídica o quiera "cumplir alegremente con los aportes a la nómina de los congresistas" queda mágicamente obligado a retener y de no retener el estado  te cobrará con la cárcel.

    ¿NO MÁS REMEDIO QUE HACER BILLETES?
    El artículo de la omisión del agente retenedor nos hace preguntarnos ¿bueno y cuándo sería la fecha en la que se generaría este delito? Pues la respuesta mágica es ¿desde cuándo tengo que hacer la retención o cobrar el IVA? Pero ¿cuándo es eso? Resulta que tenemos que acudir a la teoría de la "causación". ¿En qué consiste eso de la causación? El momento en el cuál surge un derecho. La teoría de la causación no está mal, pero que se genere un derecho a mi favor o una obligación en mi contra no implica... BILLETES EN EL BOLSILLO. ¿Y cuándo se causa una retención o un IVA? Esto es lo más interesante del asunto...

    Si uno mira el artículo 437 del Estatuto Tributario la regla general consiste en que el Impuesto Sobre las Ventas se causa en cualquiera de los dos primeros casos:

    • Pago
    • Al momento de la facturación o abono en cuenta (causación).
    Si la facturación se da primero, en el caso del impuesto sobre las ventas, ya la empresa que cobra el IVA tendrá una deuda en dinero que tendrá que pagar en la declaración siguiente, así el deudor se demore en pagar la factura. 

    Lo mismo sucede en el caso de la retención en la fuente, la regla general es la misma, se retiene o al momento del pago o al de la causación (abono en cuenta). Para eso puede observarse el artículo 392 del Estatuto Tributario que consagra exactamente la misma idea de la causación. Adicionalmente, esto ha sido reiterado en conceptos de la DIAN ¿cuándo se ocasiona la retención?: 

    "Momento de causación de la retención en la fuente Tal como lo establecen las disposiciones del Estatuto Tributario y lo ha precisado la doctrina de la DIAN (Conceptos No 008054 y No 095988 de 1998, entre otros), la retención en la fuente a título del impuesto sobre la renta debe efectuarse, por regla general, en el momento del pago o abono en cuenta, lo que ocurra primero. Se entiende por "pago" la extinción total o parcial de una obligación mediante la prestación de lo que se debe y por "abono en cuenta" el reconocimiento contable de una obligación independientemente de su cancelación o pago." (Concepto 003580. 12 de Enero de 2006. DIAN. En http://actualicese.com/normatividad/2006/Conceptos/Enero/003580-06.htm Consulta 17/4/2012)

    Esto se puede resaltar en cualquier portal de información contable:
    "La contabilidad en Colombia, según el decreto 2649, opera bajo el sistema de causación, lo que significa que los hechos se deben reconocer al momento de surgir la obligación o el derecho, aunque no se haya hecho o recibido el pago." (Gerencie.com. Retención en la fuente en operaciones de la misma fecha con un mismo proveedor. En http://www.gerencie.com/retencion-en-la-fuente-en-operaciones-de-la-misma-fecha-con-un-mismo-proveedor.html Publicado el 20/12/2010. Consultado 17/05/2012)
    Es decir, así uno no haya recibido el dinero o no tenga con qué pagar, mágicamente su cuenta tiene que tener billetes a la hora de las declaraciones de retención y de IVA. En términos de derechos y obligaciones, quizás esa teoría de la "causación" esté bien, pero es demasiado teórica a la hora de afrontar la realidad.

    Causar una obligación a su favor no implica tener esa obligación en efectivo. De hecho, tenerla causada significa precisamente que no se ha utilizado un bien líquido llamado dinero que la cancele. El poder liberatorio del dinero implica eso, la capacidad de cancelar las obligaciones causadas.

    Pero ¿cómo si no se ha cancelado la obligación mágicamente el contribuyente va a tener dinero para pagar la declaración? Esta tesis de la causación desconoce la realidad de los negocios en Colombia, donde la puntualidad en el cobro es rápida (o sea se factura rápido) pero el pago es lento. Así las instituciones tienen el reto de enfrentar una "cartera" morosa de obligaciones "causadas" que generan IVA. Sin embargo, mientras el deudor se demora en cumplir, no puede quien cobra el IVA sustraerse de su obligación de pagar con dinero que no ha entrado en su flujo de caja. 

    UN CASO TÉTRICO
    La omisión del agente retenedor se ocasiona dos meses después de causada la obligación. Imaginemos en el normal tráfico jurídico un IVA causado en Abril, cuya declaración ha de pagarse los primeros días de mayo y el deudor se ha demorado en pagar (porque a su vez a él le han incumplido), ya si la mora llega a los primeros días de Julio y el Agente recaudador del IVA no ha podido pagar ya ha cometido omisión del agente retenedor. Para ir a la cárcel se requiere que concurran otros dos factores aparte de describir la conducta en el artículo, "antijuridicidad" y "culpabilidad", la defensa es amplia... empezando por la ridiculez de la irrealidad del legislador, pero en todo caso las vueltas, las llamadas de la DIAN, entre otras dudo que sean agradables. Y casos así conozco bastante cercanos...

    DAR DEL AGUA QUE NO TENGO.
    Para que se comprenda el tema del "flujo de caja", podemos comparar el dinero con el agua que fluye. Si yo le digo a otro "lléneme este balde" y el otro va a buscar el agua, no puede un ladrón pedirme el agua que no tengo simplemente porque "ya se causó la obligación de traer agua". ¿De dónde va a sacar el agua? ¿De la humedad relativa del ambiente? ¿Escupiendo? ¿Robando? El dinero, como cualquier bien, está sometido a una serie de reglas y como tal su movimiento depende de la sencilla realidad de recibirlo.

    Es claro que en materia dineraria se puede acudir a la figura del crédito y al contrato de factoring que sirve para resolver esos casos "tétricos". Pero acudir al crédito implica una pérdida, sacar del dinero que no tengo, pagar luego intereses por una obligación sin sentido o que implicaba "causación".

    EL EXTREMO DEL ABSURDO, EL PRINCIPAL ASESINO DEL FLUJO.
    El leviatánUna de las retenciones más ridículas es la que se conoce como el IVA teórico, o mal llamado "rete-iva", el término correcto es la asunción del IVA en el régimen simplificado. Resulta que en el IVA hay dos clases de regímenes, el régimen común y el denominado régimen simplificado. Sin embargo, el régimen simplificado debería llamarse más bien "régimen complicado" y es que es bastante complicado. Los agentes del régimen simplificado no tienen que pagar el IVA, pero eso no implica que el estado no desee recibir algo de aquella operación. 

    Resulta que por arte de magia un genial legislador (que si trabajara para otro sector tendría la denominación de estafador) se le ocurrió que los responsables del régimen común paguen el IVA que no recaudan los del régimen simplificado. Es así como el artículo 437- 1 del Estatuto Tributario en su numeral 4 manda a que los contribuyentes hagan magia y de la buena reteniendo el IVA en operaciones con régimen simplificado. Pero no es que se lo descuenten a la persona perteneciente al régimen simplificado: ¡HA DE PAGARLO ÍNTEGRO! 

    Y ha de seguir la misma teoría de la causación. Aunque si bien es cierto, este es descontable de la declaración del IVA (vaya enredo) tiene que pagarlo cada que haga un contrato con el régimen simplificado y supere los topes legales. Es decir, si soy del régimen común y causo una deuda con una persona del régimen simplificado, así no haya recibido el flujo con el que le pagaré, no solamente debo retener del flujo de caja que no tengo, sino sacar dinero adicional a lo que me están cobrando. 

    Aunque la situación final del "contribuyente" quede en cero, es preferible no pagar nada y luego no recibir nada a cambio que pagar lo que no tengo para luego descontarlo. Además, se paga cada mes la declaración de retenciones, pero el IVA es cada dos meses luego el estado tendrá esos recursos un mes ¿me pagará intereses por ello? ¡NO! Pero en cambio al "contribuyente" sí le tocará pagar por el precio de contar con dinero antes: ¡Valor anticipado! ¿No es evidente quién se enriquece a costa de quién?

    CONCLUSIÓN.
    Sin perjuicio que lo mejor es que no existieran impuestos pues no tienen causa, las complicaciones del mismo aumentan tanto los costos de transacción empresarial que hacen más ineficiente la actividad económica como consecuencia de ello. Una de las cosas más ineficientes es la forma en la que afectan el flujo de caja empresarial en especial en lo que se refiere al IVA y a la retención en la fuente. El dinero, como el agua o el aire, fluye de una forma natural de acuerdo al tráfico de los negocios humanos. Estas formas tributarias lo que hacen es desconocer la forma como circula el dinero en la sociedad para aumentar su calidad tributaria, generando un aumento innecesario en los costos de generación de flujo de caja en las empresas.

    No me gusta la palabra conclusión pero sino la sociedad no entiende. Lo que quisiera es seguir criticando el sistema tributario a ver si algún día desaparece. Más aún esto lo que debería es oxigenar de alguna manera el debate de la reforma tributaria que propone el gobierno de "Prosperidad democrática". Un mínimo sería que desaparecieran todas esas ideas absurdas de retención en la fuente que cargan al "contribuyente" con obligaciones ridículas por las que no recibe nada a cambio.







              XVI DOMENICA TEMPO ORDINARIO        
    Prima lettura: Sapienza 12,13.16-19 Non c’è Dio fuori di te, che abbia cura di tutte le cose, perché tu debba difenderti dall’accusa di giudice ingiusto. La tua forza infatti è il principio della giustizia, e il fatto che sei padrone … leggi tutto...
              DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ 4propellers 20MP 5870mAh Wit camera-drone        

    Normale prijs: € 2.499,00

    Aanbiedingsprijs: € 1.888,00


              DJI 6958265138577 onderdeel cameradrone        

    Normale prijs: € 39,95

    Aanbiedingsprijs: € 33,95


              DJI 6958265138638 onderdeel cameradrone        

    Normale prijs: € 39,95

    Aanbiedingsprijs: € 34,95


              DJI Spark Wit camera-drone        

    Normale prijs: € 639,00

    Aanbiedingsprijs: € 578,00


              Nikko Air Nano Sky Explor         

    Normale prijs: € 39,95

    Aanbiedingsprijs: € 35,95


              Ultra Drone Rc X14.0 Assault         

    Normale prijs: € 59,95

    Aanbiedingsprijs: € 49,95


              Ultra Drone Rc X48.0+cam./wifi         

    Normale prijs: € 189,95

    Aanbiedingsprijs: € 168,95


              Ultra Drone Rc Interceptor         

    Normale prijs: € 152,95

    Aanbiedingsprijs: € 139,95


              interview with guenter schlienz        


    Guenter Schlienz (Stuttgart, Germany) is known for his vast catalogue of tape & cdr releases on different great labels around the world – Sacred Phrases, SicSic, Goldtimers, Constellation Tatsu, etc. He is the man behind wonderful Cosmic Winnetou label, releasing all kinds of experimental/drone/ambient artists — maybe not as frequently as we'd like, but each time pleasing the taste of any tape music geek. Creating his minimalist compositions by means of d.i.y modular synths, tape loops and field recordings, Guenter achieves the serenity of classic ambient works, while keeping the vibe of 70s kosmische musik (think Cluster or Harmonia) and sometimes reaches the territories of academic minimalism, exploring the sound as ding an sich, inspiring the listener to invent its own narrative. Being part of Navel band since mid 90s, Guenter's place in music world has a long, but still almost unknown story which continues nowadays with further explorations of all kinds of ambient music.

    ~~~

    Pied Paper: First of all, I'm curious about how it all started for you — ambient music, synth building, tape releases, etc. I know that you were involved in many other projects before, call you tell a bit about them too?

    GS: phew, where did it all started… definitely many many moons ago. was active mid till end 90s in some heavy stoner psychedelic rock band. was the guy responsible for producing some "far out sounds" with his guitar and some delay pedal. so there already was this drone element in what i did. but far from recognizing it as this for myself. bit later during the same decade i did a session with a guy who did guitar and singing for another noise rock outfit. we just fiddled around with our guitars and with every pedal we could get our hands on. we recorded our very first session with some broken 4track and quite liked the results. after presenting the finished cdr people came back and reported "this is quite cool drone music". so yep, that's how we learned the name of this style. and after having the name we were able to dig deeper and learned names like Stars of the Lid, Flying Saucer Attack, Brian Eno etc pp. this guitar drone project of us is called Navel and we are still recording and doing live shows.

    beginning of the 00's i quit doing this rock band stuff, so there was plenty time to do some other things. after getting introduced to all this amazing kraut and kosmische musik (during a navel live show in france by an english man, but that's another story) there was the idea to do some kind of electronic music solo. so i needed an instrument, and after bit of research i discovered that the schematics for some modular synthesizer would be something i could manage with the training in electronics i already had. so i started soldering, first quite simple filters, later more and more sophisticated modules.

    the tapes, yep, fast forward to the end of last decade. stumbled over this tape scene thing by accident via the internet (god bless it). those days i was pretty frustrated and bored by the music all the labels and magazines i knew presented, so this occurred to me like a big relief. yes. so many people and projects and bands and labels are doing fantastic stuff, exactly the music i love, right at the moment, and sell it for very low money to people all around the world. yes! couldn't belief my eyes. that the favorite medium of all those labels and projects were cassettes don't really bothered me (of course i had this "ugh? on tape? strange…" moment like everybody else i guess), because i never really stopped using this media since my early childhood days.

    I like to dramatize a bit some things some times, but this discovery of the tape label scene kind of saved my artistic live. it gave me so much energy and confirmation and countless hours of joy during listening sessions that i got the feeling that i have to give something back. hence i started my own tape label.


    Pied Paper: Your music sounds almost academic sometimes, especially works as Organ Studies, Loop Studies and Furniture Sounds — which, as I understand is a homage to Eric Satie. But your name is strongly associated with "underground tape scene", as we call it. Did you ever thought about making your music open for the interpretations, to write it down on a paper maybe, letting the others perform it?

    GS: huh, not sure if i my music sounds bit like academic music. for sure i'm quite interested in this genre, mean contemporary composers with "classical" musical education composing pieces for concert halls and operas and stuff. like their approach to their art through quite rigid concepts, their huge knowledge about musical structures and about music of many centuries and cultures. perhaps you see my enthusiasm for their rigidness shining through my stuff? that would be a compliment for sure, at least in my opinion. and of course, if there would be a small ensemble crazy enough to perform it, i would love to write a score for them (though not sure if i would like to conduct it). but i guess your name must be some lou reed or some other in the same league to be honored like this. actually i'm pretty sure that many of those academic contemporary composers would be happily release their stuff on tape if they would only know this special scene around it.


    Pied Paper: It's clear that ambient music is a wide field for interpretation, same sound can be perceived in different ways depending on the artwork, liner notes, track titles, etc. Can you tell something about your own perception of your music? Does it have some stories within, or it's just abstract form which everyone can fill with its own meaning?

    as you see in the answer of the last question i like some kind of concept around the music. and if this concept even gets its visual equal with the artwork i'm more than happy. so of course, there is a story in every piece. but hey, its music, its a form of art, so who am i to dictate what some listener and spectator wants to see in it? isn't it the very meaning of any art, that the consumer of it knits his very personal meaning to it?

    actually i am not able to describe what i hear in my music anyway. for me the answer to this question would lead to some kind of poem, some painting, some huge novel, some dance or any other arty abstraction. in none of the mentioned techniques 'm very good at, so please, listen to the music.


    Pied Paper: Imagine a situation when you someone asks you to create music with specific mood, theme, etc. — like for a movie scene or something — would it be easy for you? What you enjoy more - improvisation or composition?

    already did this, i mean creating some music for a specific use (to earn some money), and hey, that is pretty hard work (and hard earned money)! to create some music without some customers needs to be satisfied, just the personal ones, isn't really easy to do as well, but much more gratifying for the soul. its an privilege to be able to do this, and i have a (pretty time consuming) bread and butter job to create the circumstances to fulfill it.

    can't really separate those strategies during my performances, both live and during my recording sessions. its always a mixture of plan and being ready to include some coincidences respectively enlightenments. actually my believe is, gained through many observations and talks about such things, that nearly every work in which i am interested in is created this way.


    Pied Paper: I know that you enjoy recording outdoor, do you have any specific set-up for this?

    not really specific, the equipment just have to have some possibility to work battery driven. luckily my modulars fall into this category. just to improve the handling of such adventure i have build my modulars as small and compact as possible, and since a couple of months a work on some modules who will be included into some water proofed case.


    Pied Paper: Probably you've noticed that releases of first wave of cassette drone/ambient in 2009-11 was mostly lo-fi and many of same artists still doing tapes nowadays came to much cleared and well-produced sound - is that natural growth or trying to be more "mainstream"?

    yes, i'm aware of this development as well. i think it just was some other group of people with bit different background which had been running those labels you' mention. In those early days of the reemerging of this medium the leading actors had had mostly a background in the noise scene. hence the tape as favorite medium, hence the cheap and ugly aesthetics of the chosen instruments. these different (don't like to ad some other evaluative adjective) sounding tapes of lately are from people without this background, they just take over the torch and work with it out of their musical socialization. so in my opinion it is either "natural growth", this sounds like some kind of improvement who isn't any need for, nor a try to reach broader audiences. the good stuff of recently is produced by people who are just as true to their own style as their ancestors had been, and therefore it is as important and equal beautiful as the old stuff.


    Pied Paper: As a label owner, can you tell how many demos you receive? Which kind of styles you receive most? I'm asking because it seems that ambient/psych/drone music isn't that popular anymore - I see tons of vaporwave/webpunk tapes at new-born labels, while such imprints as Stunned, Tranquility tapes, Goldtimers are long gone (or maybe it's just old man's talk, huh).

    yes, and i'm very happy about it, i receive quite a lot of demos. always love to get some new sounds for my ears. mostly the artists are very good informed about the style of the music i usually release and about the aesthetics i'm interested in. perhaps you are right, there are less people out there which do their own style of ambient/psych/drone as perhaps eight years ago, but i'm not sure about that. and as i stated in the last paragraph i think those vaporwave labels and the like took the torch of the cassette celebration and run with it their own way. and this is a good thing. who needs the 16th or whatever version of the emeralds (insert here the name of your favorite release of those years)? isn't this exactly what have happened with pop and rock music and what makes this stuff sometimes unbearable to listen to?


    Pied Paper: And what are your plans for the Cosmic Winnetou in the foreseeable future?

    prepare my next batch right now which will be released in a couple of weeks. but after this 13th cosmic winnetou bundle of cassettes i will need a hiatus, unfortunately. i love to do the label work, but it is very time consuming. have lots of projects for this year, music and private stuff, so i have to pull the brakes to this project for this year. but really looking forward to restart the tape label with new ideas and energies end of this year.


    Pied Paper: Do you ever think about future of music? Is it possible to invent something new, or we are doomed to retro-mania, returning to same tunes from different angles?

    of course there will some day somebody release some music which haven't been heard before and will blow all of us completely into the void. don't know which day this will happen, but i'm pretty sure someday it will. just look around, not only the music is stuck into retro mode. clothing, hair style, performing arts, pictorial arts, industrial design, i think that in our days nearly every form of artefacts are done with quite old ideas, just a few new kind of tools here and there. the whole mood, you can call it "zeitgeist" if you like, is like "let's try to preserve what we have", not "perhaps this is a better idea for the future, let's work on it". in my opinion everything is linked together somehow, and we have this retro mania since the 90s, starting with this global change of the modus vivendi. but nothing is forever, so i'm sure this will change someday. these thoughts are just my 50cents about a very complex question. but yeah, i think about this, and love to exchange ideas about this kind of topic.


    Pied Paper: Humans already sent some music with space probes - which titles would you choose for such mission? I know you won't choose Wagner, huh :)

    really nice question, this is. indeed already thought about that, and i think the nasa did a quite good job with the "golden record" for the voyager mission. very good selection which shows how wonderfully diverse sounds humans are able to produce, and each and all of them aim at the listeners heart. but always wondered if it would be perhaps a good idea to send some field recordings of this strange planet into the void, and f so, which i would chose.

    some people laughing, some people fighting, a mother singing her baby to sleep, the audience at a soccer game, a sundown at the shore of a calm sea with waves and cicades and everything? what else?


    Pied Paper: Okay, that's it — you can send high fives here or add something if needed! Thank you!

    hey, high five to you and many thanks for those questions! took my a while to type the answers, because you found some topics and ideas i love to share my thoughts on it. and of course many thanks for your support!

    perhaps i would like to ad a big "thank you" to all the readers of those lines, time is precious and i'm happy that you waste it reading them. and a big "thank you" to all the people who listen to my music and perhaps even bought the cassettes and cds and vinyls with my music on it. to know that somebody out there cares about my music means a lot to me. hugs.

    guenterschlienz.de

    selected albums:
    guenter's bandcamp
    sterne uber der stadt
    organ studies
    tape studies
    autumn



              azaleas / cloudsound / forest walker        
    azaleas ~ sapphire (blank_tapes, 2016)

    «Long-form new-age collages. First full-length from Azaleas». ~ blank_tapes

    Two years ago I had a pleasure to share a split tape with Azaleas (duo of Kyle Wade & Alice Andres-Wade hailing from Denver) on Rainbow Pyramid label and started waiting patiently for their full-length debut. Hope was not lost, and here it is, spinning in my deck on repeat mode since December! And with the first winds of the spring this music seems to unfold even broader, carrying eternal bliss of best ambient genre developments. Shimmering layers of synth soundscapes, massive drones, new-agey melodies and organic hum of field recordings... Everything in its place, all corners rounded, every transition made with care. This tape has rare ability to became more and more interesting with every spin, telling the same stories differently each time you listen to it. You may get lost in all those layers, fades and vibes, travelling between dark thickets and wide open eyes of lakes, but don't worry – the hiss of blank tape in the end will leave you under charms of these marvelous tunes with joyful smile on your face and pleasant feeling in the heart. Highest recommendations!

    listen ~ support

    cloudsound ~ indigo appalachia (fluere tapes, 2017)

    «Reverie over outer space air space tween canopy slopes of mauve ambrosial gazes to ribbonious unfurls later spooled» ~ fluere tapes

    Less is more! I always admired the ability to create pleasant atmosphere with seemingly minimalist and truly lo-fi sound. What Fluere Tapes boss Lee Boyd did on this tape easily falls into category of lo-fi drone, but the less you care about labeling, the more you receive in impression value. Actually, this tape can be a marvelous post-rock or shoegaze epic, simply recorded hundred of times from one old dusty tape to another. Yet, it has this unexplainable charm that wraps you like a cozy blanket, carrying away as a good old magic flying carpet. Massive layers of sound are hidden behind the surface of pleasant sound - same as the incredible amount of water looks like beautiful cloud from the surface. As the the artwork itself, this music is fused by light, an enormous cosmic nebula sending its glorious radiance light years away... Also I must admit that this particular album brought a lot of nostalgic moments for me, remembering those early psych/drone tapes by Deep Magic or Sundrips, feeling the awe in presence of those energies, such pure and sincere, like they are directly radiating from the artist's heart. Maybe I'm just too sentimental, but there is nothing is this world like Cloudsound. Absolute bliss.

    listen ~ support

    forest walker ~ uv sea (constellation tatsu)

    Sincerely – I have no words to describe this album. It's clear, that with such love for ambient music I possess, album like UV Sea would turn into breathtaking experience. Forest Walker puts everything in one canvas and manages to blend all treasures of ambient genre into a single whole thing. Thing in itself. Pulsation of synth lines, deepest drones, huge waves of reverberated noises... even dusty saturated beats do no harm to this never-ending stream of bliss, supporting its torrent thought your perception channels. Is that infinity of the Universe transcending by the aural medium or endlessness of sound, forging new universe inside ours – who knows? Depends on which interpretation of quantum mechanics you follow. One thing is clear here, this music exist in more than one dimension. It spans like endless wave and each track is just range of frequencies we able to perceive. It's easy to imagine UV Sea as short part of huge intergalactic transmission, captured by limited instruments of humankind and then interpreted by our even more limited sense organs. But the message is so powerful that we can get it if not consciously, but more subtly, just intuitively. And unable to verbally express... Yet, transmission continues, so tune in!

    listen ~ support

              guenter schlienz / alineko / lunar devotion        



    «"Night Music Bundle" is our new batch of gorgeous ambient & drone music received from great artists around the world! New full-length album by modular synth guru Guenter Schlientz, whose music we are proud to release; huge one-track work by Alineko, whose stellar drones we already had in catalogue; and, finally, long-awaited Lunar Devotion compilation album, featuring many different styles of ambient on one disc, all dedicated to the beauty of the Night! 

    Bundle is available in collectors edition - hand-painted wooden box with many inserts, including mandala prints, postcards, moss & custom made star finder» ~ pantheophania

    guenter schlienz ~ sterne über der stadt (πάνθεον, 2017)

    «Dedicated to the barely visible stars above your home town.» ~ guenter schlienz

    In the gleam light of night streets we always see the same. City envelopes us, creating space inside itself, which is almost flat compared to the actual world around. Sometimes it seems that we live inside a dome of glass, like ones from sci-fi books about distant future in post-apocalyptic world. We don't look at the sky, unless it's raining, we are losing the feeling of vastness, of the universal endlessness, which surrounds our little tiny home planet. Cosmos doesn't fit in coordinate system produced by the rows of street lights. But still there are some dreamers, inspired by the blinking stars above the never sleeping towns, bringing the melodies of this elusive beauty, which hides between the city blocks, trembles over the rivers and dissipates in roars of the streets... This exquisite album by our favorite modular synth wizard Guenter Schlienz is a dreamlike journey over the routine of life, perfect companion for late night walks and leisurely stargazing.



    «A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment.» ~ wikipedia

    Second full-length work by Alineko is an aural excursion to the ancient art of lucid dreaming, personal reflection of the interest in Yoga Nidra and modern dreaming techniques. Being minimalist drone piece only at first glance, «A Guide To Lucid Dreaming» reveals a truly mesmerizing deepness and variety during the listening, unfolding hidden, but always present possibilities of our mind. One may hear choir or orchestra, humming of the wind or murmuring water, distant voices, whale songs, etc. – but nothing of it is present here, only play of perception. This music can be anything: meditation session, simple relaxing background or a truly deep listening experience, depending on the one's mood and surrounding. 


    various artists ~ lunar devotion (πάνθεον, 2017)

    Nytt Land, Tmavy Kruh, SiJ, Чайник Болотных Богов, Med Gen, lost-radio, Ugasanie, Sunmoonstar, Gamardah Fungus, Nubiferous, Ongo Oruulaa

    «Lunar Devotion» is a long-awaited successor of our «Solar Devotion» release made back in 2014. For this compilation we asked artists for their vision of the Moon and everything connected with it – seasons & cycles, religions & cults, dreams, fantasies, insomnia, cosmic landscapes... All of this can be found on this release, intertwined, slowly changing moods from light ambiences to deepest dark drones and back to purest silver light of our Mistress of the Night.


              stag hare / crown of eternity        


    stag hare ~ velvet & bone (inner islands, 2016)

    «Velvet and Bone is structured as a gothic fable. It is about the act of self reflection through knowing another. It is about seeing the shadow and knowing the shadow. It is about seeing death and knowing death. It is about bones, and the way they are shaped by the tensions put on them by various opposing muscles. It is about the swamps of depression. It is about love in its most tragic and therefore most beautiful form». ~ stag hare

    Being a huge fan sometimes stops me from writing reviews – maybe it's just subconscious feeling that words can spoil the fragility of music, especially when the music is as personal as Stag Hare are. There are so many kinds of art, of sound, ways of expression, but not that many artists are interested in putting their true emotions into art. Looks like image and the presentation are more important than revealing the personal side  of life and it's understandable. But when the image contradicts to inner story it may say something about our ability to feel the difference. What I like about Stag Hare (and the whole Inner Islands roster, actually) is sincerity, openness, fearless sharing of life as it seen by the artist, reflecting everything in music, telling stories which at some level are universal for all human beings – we just go through them by our own patterns. So, here it spins, new tape with Stag Hare's songs and this time they're actually songs with lyrics printed on j-card! «Opening (Depression)» starts with deep drone tune and it's actually not so dark, as drone ambient can be, but it has this longing which fades in second track – slowly, but confidently building sparkling layers of blissful folk song and entering the same territories Stag Hare known for, but this time with the strong presence of the new kind of energy. Dreamer has awakened and discovered that real world is the challenge and was never separated from the dream. The inner and the outer are not that different categories, simply matter of viewpoint. These songs are still dreamy and so magical, they bloom like astral flowers from the deepness of psychedelic revelation, but at the same time the thickness of the physical is present, like never-ending drone – it simply stitches once separated into whole... Natural & urban, transcendence and routine, simply life as it is. Aspiration to non-duality is primal to every spiritual being, but the ability to separate things is not less important, it's actually the only way our mind can work, endlessly dividing and then synthesizing at new levels of understanding, just to separate again... Okay, think I went too far, so let's say it's just wonderful music for everything you want from it. Â«Velvet and Bone» can be just beautiful background for your daily activities as successfully, as the impetus for philosophizing (which is clear in my case), it chills and gives energy, it brings joy and contains many different moods at the same time. Music of high potential to unfold. Truly personal, but universal – you may learn something from it, consciously or not. In any case, you won't regret hearing it. 

    listen ~ buy tape



    crown of eternity ~ dream architecture (inner islands, 2017)


    «Dream Architecture contains the deep and complex harmonics of 11 gongs, as well as the sonorous tones of more than 60 bells, sound plates, sound triangles, tuned metals and singing bowls. Crown of Eternity carefully and patiently blend and orchestrate their instruments to create harmonic fields that invite the listener to dive in and not only explore the nature of the sound current, but also their inner landscape». inner islands

    Some things change and some not. But it depends on the perspective, of course. Music of gongs, singing bowls and similar stuff was in the New Age genre since its inception. Of course it existed before, but not as music, but more as a spiritual practice. And this function of primal metal instruments vibrations resonating through your body remains unchanged – you'd rather hear such music at some yoga place, than in the concert club. Same private and personal feeling is present at this tape, as with Stag Hare release above. We are left alone with resonance, created with carefulness. It nurtures your senses, sets the right mood for relaxing contemplation, it gives landscape for your inner gazing... The experience of listening to such tape may be rewarding, but I guess it's nothing compared to Crown of Eternity live sets. The amount of gongs, plates, bowls and other metal resonators seen on photos has its own impression even without hearing the music! But if you had the chance to join such session at least once in your life, then you know what I mean. Here the point which turns spiritual practice into music – the act of recording. Same can be told about about any "sacred music" like tibetan monks' throat singing or orthodox chorals: when you are out of the moment of actual happening, when this is recorded or even just put into the studio or onto stage – it turns into completely different story. But this is really one big theme and it leads us away from music itself. Which is, by my humble opinion, can be always regarded as thing in itself without looking at its context and further analysis. Call me consumer, but some things need to be simply enjoyed. This tape is highly enjoyable even if my sound system is unable to produce same effect as live session with all those beautiful resonating stuff. But still, the sound resonates with my soul and think that's the most important here. Usually I listen recordings like this (Klaus Wiese, Danny Becher, Karma Moffet to name just a few) when I'm tired of any other music and it's always refreshing, kind of pleasant pause in the never-ending stream of music and always-present daily noise. Harmony & meditation, and nothing else here actually. What else do you need? 

    listen ~ buy tape


              electric sound bath        

    electric sound bath ~ moon drip (fluere tapes, 2016)

    Sound form perception of moon found within in order to perceive its lunar gift vision of itself at a hearts arms magnetic pulse distance ~ fluere tapes

    Latest release from Sweden cozy label Fluere Tapes follows the aesthetics of best ambient-drone outfits blossomed on tape scene in 2009-2011 – shimmering lo-fi soundscapes taken from guitars and synths, slowly evolving atmosphere, calming/meditative touch, feeling of something personal, as if played on private event for a few friends... Seems predictable at first glance, especially for one who's not that much into lengthy drone tapestries, but hides gorgeous moments of serenity and pure bliss for those who know how to listen. Nothing special, actually – get rid of any expectations, turn off analyzing parts of your mind, make yourself comfortable and simply enjoy the ride of slow waves of sound. Then every change of mood in music seems so natural to current time and space – something that was truly needed right-here-right-now but wasn't clear until the very moment of appearance. Expected and surprising at the same time – that's the magic of this tape. Quite often perception of music has certain competitive aspect, like you're testing the ability of musicians to surprise you, evaluating their skills, knowledge of technical side, etc.. And a lot of artists and listeners are good with that, even at ambient/drone scene... Yet, ambient music shouldn't be perceived such way, it's purpose and it's possibility stretches far more forward. Without getting too new-agey, I'd say that music like "Moon Drip" (which is actually a very fine example of non-centered sound continuum usually called ambient) is a wonderful mood changer – calming and transparent, gentle enveloping wave full of bright glares and distant echoes, yet dynamic enough and always changing, every time at any angle if you look close enough. Highly enjoyable background for evening chill and perfect companion for morning walk along the waterfront. And don't forget about the last track "Music For Train Stations", which spans over 40 minutes and suits its name very-very well. Now you know which tape you should take to the next train trip! 

    listen ~ support



              rod hamilton and tiffany seal ~ versatile ambience        

    rod hamilton and tiffany seal ~ versatile ambience
    (ehse records, 2016)

    Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal are an electronic music duo from Baltimore, MD. Their instrumental album, Versatile Ambience, was performed live to cassette. eshe records

    When I enjoy something very much it seems hard to write about it just because I have some kind of fear – so many things to express, such intense feelings... Sometimes it feels like trying to embrace the sea waves. Thinking about this tape I tried to avoid comparisons, but it's impossible not to mention Tuluum Shimmering or Dream Safari or Black Joker or early High Wolf to describe the feeling this recording gives me. Being a huge fan of 2009-11 psych drone tape music, when everything was so lo-fi, psychedelic and sweet, I can't avoid nostalgia while listening to something like this. Blissful vibes of xylophone sound, calm ambiences, tape-hiss-infused loops and weird new-agey feeling of relaxation on the edge with psychedelic revelation... So deeply warm and embracing sound, that it's almost impossible to break the listening into parts – only pressing repeat button feels like right choice. Your trip will feature tropical islands, jungle & mighty rivers, warm deserts and calm oases, therapeutic relaxation sessions, third eye opening, flying with the bees over unearthly beautiful flowers... Okay, think you already get what to expect here! So don't hesitate and grab your piece of this charming exotic beauty. Absolutely recommended and highly gratifying sounds for your inner self.

    listen ~ buy


              matthew barlow / ashan        

    matthew barlow ~ hatha (inner islands, 2016)

    «Just being, without striving. A place of stillness». inner islands

    Focusing on sound healing practices, Matt Barlow took a vacation with his renowned Twin Springs Tapes label and started recording more and more music, which takes new turn in unfolding American New Age music. His latest tape for Inner Islands gives you not only the opportunity to relax and get nice background music for 30 minutes but also the possibility of deepest meditation on the nature of music. Combining simple drones with electronic melodies and contemplative flute playing, this tape reflects the idea, which I run through my haed so many times, while listening to some good ambient records - you don't need to be focused, to perceive everything in this flow of aural sensations, but at the same time, staying out any activity in mind and environment you actually start feeling everything so clearly! I think this state cannot be achieved by means of intentional focusing, so this state feels much more natural and I'm always so childishly happy when it happens. Of course, not only music can bring it, nature can too - bird songs, streaming water, whisper of the leaves... And you can actually hear and feel same energies in these two compositions. There is nothing supernatural about it, but still I have no other word than magic.

    listen ~ buy tape
     

    ashan ~ death is new life (heavy mess, 2016)

     Â«Sean Conrad (Channelers, Orra, Inner Islands) returns as Ashan with a collection of new songs exploring where the physical meets the spiritual and how the two influence and dialogue each other». heavy mess

    For the new label run by Braeyden Jae (former boss of Inner Islands label), Sean Conrad (current Inner Islands mastermind) put an exclusive recording which brings to light new facet of his Ashan alias. Usually taking place somewhere far from city hum and electricity circuits, Ashan (almost) always was about instrumental psych-new-age jams, self-invented mantra singing and celebration of simple joys of life – this time Sean takes electric guitar, some distortion and drums, blending the rock music benefits with Ashan's usual sound. You already curious how it sounds? Okay, just hit play on Bandcamp and read further. And I'll continue playing this on repeat, each time wondering how same energy can take so many forms. This is obviously same Ashan I used to and behind all those walls of sounds, electronic drones, krautrock beats and psychedelic solos I hear same magic, that once entered this complicate world with "To Return To" album. Folk music can take many forms and I suppose that there is nothing hard for experienced artist as Mr. Conrad to transform his music into powerful rock outfit without losing primary inspiration. Actually this is fun synchronism between to friends – putting softest side of Braeyden Jae's music at Inner Islands and heavier side of Ashan on Heavy Mess. Consider this as "anti-unplugged" album and simply enjoy it!

    listen ~ buy tape


              saåad ~ verdaillon        

    saåad ~ verdaillon (in paradisum, 2016)

    When it comes to drone music one may think "there is nothing special about it - just lonely guys making sounds with their laptops" and usually this is true. Of course, there are many bands using guitars or synths for this and it makes music a bit more interesting. But how about church organ? I don't know many drone albums with such source of sound - Razen, Anna Von Hausswolff, Charlemagne Palestine of course... But still not much. French duo Saåad is well-know to any drone maniac for their powerful, raw sound and this time it takes new turn on the spiral of their evolution. Using the organ of Church of Notre-Dame de la Dalbade along with the field recording made at the same place, they managed to recreate haunting ambiance of the times, when music was truly spiritual and served not just for entertainment. This approach makes sense in the modern world, full of music created almost for no reason - if only for fun, but just out of boredom, especially when it comes to ambient & drone... This album is not just excursion, it has ability to transport your mind into the places & states of transformation, of better feeling yourself and world around you. I'd say it has meditative qualities, but there is nothing new-agey about it. Just pure power of sound, energy of life, captured it the short moments of aural bliss.
      
    listen ~ buy

              dugout canoe ~ over unity        

    dugout canoe ~ over unity (self-released, 2016)

    «A 54 minute tapestry of transcendental motifs caterwauling fizzy manifestations hurled forth from the Unified Field. Professionally dubbed and duplicated blue-green glitter tape with printed art and full color J-card in a soft poly case». dugout canoe

    Imagine Terry Riley playing some old video game and realizing that instead of actually playing it, he can play music with it. So he starts pushing all those buttons in a manner he does with electronic organ and the game becomes more and more chaotic, yet doesn't want to end anyway. At some point game gains awareness and transcends its own code, achieving digital enlightenment and disappearing from the physical plan... Now you get an idea how this tapes sounds, with the only difference that instead of Terry there is Jacob Isaacs behind the wheel and you may heard his tunes already in Bridgetown Records catalogue. Speed is really high, so all your attempts to analyse this music are doomed to vanish in abundance of 8-bit tunes, voice samples and rumbling drones somewhere deep beneath all of this. It may seem pretty hard-core, but actually this music has certain New Age and bright futuristic feeling about it, sounding like dynamic Osho meditation for cybernetic mind or minimal techno party for androids on the loose. Take Kara-Lis Coverdale and Giant Claw, let them dance, smoke few joints and flirt (only musically speaking, of course) and you'll get "Over Unity" in result. 

    listen ~ buy tape 

    PS: By the way, one of this album's perks is the fact that you can listen to it from any point, it works perfectly from any tape position and at any player / volume / speakers / headphones, etc. Just amazing! 


              creation VI ~ everywhereness / omnipresence        


    creation VI ~ everywhereness (πάνθεον, 2015)

    «Listen to the spring!». pantheon

    Quiet album of field recordings and bright impressions collected on different locations in Yaroslavl, Kyiv and Crimea. Small birds and crickets in the steppe, nightingales near Volga shore, soft rain over countryside field, summer bees in the flower garden and warm drones obtained from electric guitar, flutes and voices. Three tracks which would definitely please lovers of slow quiet drones – Celer, Hakobune, Chihei Hatakeyama, etc. Also suits very well for Chinese tea ceremony :) 

    listen ~ buy
     
     creation VI ~ omnipresence (πάνθεον, 2015)

    «...the river is everywhere at once, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the rapids, in the sea, in the mountains, everywhere at once, and that there is only the present time for it, not the shadow of the past, not the shadow of the future» ~ Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

    Two tracks of hindustani raga inspired improvisational drone music performed with Chinese flute hulusi and Indian shruti-box (surpeti) along with some other instruments, effects and voices. Raga for midday sun in the greenwood, music of spring currents of the mighty Volga, song of birches, rushing sweet juice in its branches...

    listen ~ buy

    ps: both releases are available as one bundle with additional booklet, wrapped in handmade envelope and including download code for previous Creation VI release "Reminiscence" 


              apenino & árbore        
    apenino & árbore ~ allá donde estás, estoy (self-released, 2016)

    «Pilar se fue el 16 de noviembre de 2015, se fue tras 14 años juntos. medir la pegada emocional que eso supone es imposible. sólo el que tenga peludos y los ame como a un humano puede entenderlo. si ya no comes animales, como en mi caso, la cercanía emocional es intangible. desde el día uno he tenido miedo al adiós de Pilar, ese miedo ha sobrevolado como una nube cada uno de los días que compartimos vida». apenino & árbore

    There is no such thing as happiness, when you lost someone. There can be a lot of things as emptiness, despair, anxiety, but happiness turns into abstract concept. Society will tell you a lot about death and how to deal with it, we have formulas and catchwords for every imaginable situation. But under the surface of dealing with pain it remains untouched – fear, uncomfortable feeling of change, that cannot be reversed... And it doesn't really matter who's missing in your life now. Animal can be the closest family member and if you ever lost one, you know what I'm talking about here. Maybe it's too sentimental but knowing that your animal will definitely live shorter life than you never helps to deal with their passing. And how beautiful when this feeling of loss transforms into art, into vivid memory, that will never disappear as easily, as human memory can do. Music is a very flexible material and anything can be projected onto it. As a water surface, it reflects things, but at the same time has its own deepness. And at some point it doesn't even matter what artist wanted from this tunes for himself – music always gives you more. In case of this wonderful 17-min track sound creates a beautiful picture of the sunny day, spent in happy laziness, just watching the game of light and shadows in you room. Wind gently touches curtains, bringing flower aromas with it. And beneath all of this you hear slow evolving drone, so similar to cat's purr...



    p.d.: por primera vez no ponemos gratis la descarga, hemos pensado que el dinero que se recaude, tenga como destino ayudar a los gatos de la calle a través de la asociación Gatos en los Árboles.
              paa annandalii ~ cavernous fruits        

    paa annandalii ~ cavernous fruits (rotifer, 2016)

    I always had deep respect to Robert's work, first of all because of Mohave Triangles – it was so huge and intense and dazed and trippy... No words to describe its magic, just pure joy for any drone-maniac! After long hiatus Paa Annandalii appeared, continuing synth-driven drone journey even deeper, through caverns of human mind – searching for pineal treasures, subconscious revelations and simply relaxing the listener to the state of all-pervading radiance. Which we all are, as a matter of fact! No new age philosophy needed to explain that, just look at everything from the quantum physics point of view. And don't forget that the act of observation itself has an impact on observed. So there is no "reality" behind music actually, and that's why we can't live without it. Music reminds us our nature, especially if it is truly continuous music, reduced to basic formula of intertwined frequencies, breathing inside one cluster of tones. Going that way we may feel disembodied, omnipresent energy, that fills everything without any border. Have you ever felt that? It's refreshing and inspiring, no matter how often you do it! I suppose this is the point from where this music radiates, waving its way to unknown... And you always welcome to join that ship.

    listen ~ buy

              DJI Phantom 4 Pro Wit camera-drone        

    Normale prijs: € 1.999,00

    Aanbiedingsprijs: € 1.543,00


              Drone Shows Massive Scale of Nice Memorial        
    Footage released by Nice City Hall showed thousands of people paying their respects to the victims of last week’s truck rampage.
              Eagles have cost this company 9 drones and more than $100k in an ongoing aerial battle        

    Eagles are waging war for control of the sky above Western Australia’s Goldfields region. Since employing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in its St. Ives Mine, surveyor Rick Steven has lost a total of nine Trimble UX5 drones to eagles. Each drone costs the company about $10,000 for the body and another $10,000 for the mounted camera. Overall, Steven estimates the company has suffered losses in excess of $100,000 due to the territorial birds of prey he now calls “the natural enemy of the UAV.” After local eagles had started taking down his flight equipment, Steven tried to get creative. The…

    This story continues at The Next Web
              Re: Leave your stinkin' drone at home        
    I own a drone and rarely fly it because I am worried I will offend someone or break some law I don't know about. What a waste of 1200 bucks.
    Posted by Jeff Powers
              Blog Post: Zany Family Friendly Fun        

    I rush forward, My teammate next to me. The enemy is just round the corner. I run round the corner and spray my enemies in yellow paintballs? Welcome to the zany world of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. The game currently has 5 game modes. Team Vanquish(Team Deathmatch.) Suburbination(basically Domination.) Gardens and Graveyards (a twist on Battlefields Rush mode.) Gnome Bomb(like obliteration) and Taco Bandits(A fun twist on the Classic CTF formula.) You can play as both Plants and Zombies each with 5 unique classes for Plants you have Foot Soldier (a good entry point for shooter fans.) Enginner(a large drone flying, jackhammer riding, Support class) Scientist(a close range healer.) and All-Star(a tank class with a football cannon.) and for Plants you have Peashooter( a quick moving shotgun class.) Sunflower(a fast firing healer.) Chomper ( a melee powerhouse.) and Catus (a long range sniper.) one of PvZ: GW's strongest features is the customization. Each class has seemingly limitless variations and options. Earning money unlocks random characters and abilities. All in all the game is a blast to play with tight controls and fun modes. If your to young for CoD then this is great option.


              Blog Post: Rooted In Shallow Soil        

    Gamers were dumbfounded when PopCap announced it was transplanting the Plants vs. Zombies series from the backyard to the battlefield. To say the multiplayer-shooter spinoff is a huge departure for the casual game developer is an understatement, but the aesthetics and lighthearted tone are a wonderful change of pace for the violence-obsessed genre. Dig beneath the surface, though, and you find some fundamental flaws that hold back this family-friendly shooter.[Excerpt]

    PopCap is known for making highly polished games that virtually anyone can pick up and play. Unfortunately, that equation only rings half true for Garden Warfare. The developer's simplified approach to the genre does away with basic concepts like sprinting, melee attacks, and limited ammo, making it easy for anyone to get into the swing of battle. However, the gameplay is uncharacteristically buggy; players get hung up on other characters and geometry, corpses twitch on the ground, and even the slightest bit of network lag renders some abilities (like the all-star zombie's dash attack) ineffective. A variety of classes and unlockable characters add some nuance to the simple fun, but PopCap's limited mode offerings hamstring replayability.

    Garden Warfare only features two main competitive modes: Team Vanquish and Gardens & Graveyards. Team Vanquish is your run-of-the-mill team deathmatch. Gardens & Graveyards tasks zombies with assaulting a series of consecutive capture points in a map, similar to Battlefield's rush mode. A classic variant of each mode disables upgrades and unlockable characters (making them less interesting), and the beginner mode gives you more health the more you die, but you're still playing one of two basic formulas.

    Gardens & Graveyards is clearly the main attraction. Maps have unique themes, and capture points are built around interesting locations that facilitate large-scale confrontations. Every map features an interesting final objective, such as sneaking five zombies into Crazy Dave's mansion or destroying the roots of a giant sunflower growing inside of a lighthouse. Gardens & Graveyards provides hours of fun, but eventually you get tired of assaulting or defending the same points on the same handful of maps, and Team Vanquish does little to alleviate the boredom.

    Garden Warfare's co-op offerings are equally uninspired. Garden Ops is a four-player horde mode, which tasks players with defending a garden against ten increasingly difficult waves of zombies. Aside from the occasional zombie boss or special wave, you don't have much to draw you in once you've beaten a few matches. 

    Garden Warfare's most interesting twist is how it incorporates the series' tower-defense elements into matches. Players can spawn zombies or plants in designated locations on the map, which then attack opponents autonomously. Unfortunately, these characters are treated as consumable items that players must purchase before matches using Garden Warfare's microtransaction-ready economy.

    The vast majority of Garden Warfare's content is locked behind its PvZ Coin currency. Support plants and zombies, customization items, weapon upgrades, and even new class characters are bought with the coins you earn from matches. However, can't just buy what you want; instead you must purchase blind card packs of varying prices. Consumable card packs give you a handful of zombies and plants to summon during matches, while more expensive packs provide random upgrades or character stickers – though you have to collect all of the stickers for a character before you can actually play as them. Like any good pusher, EA gives you a couple packs for free, but after that the grinding for coins begins.

    This faux free-to-play approach undermines Garden Warfare's promising tower-defense elements. Each plant or zombie you spawn feels like a waste of money; regardless of how helpful they may be on the battlefield, buying consumable packs just holds you back from the larger goal of unlocking more playable characters, which is the only motivator to continue playing after you've learned the maps inside and out.

    Those extra playable characters are worth unlocking. Although they have the same class abilities, each character has its own unique twist on gameplay. For instance, the marine-biologist zombie features a higher rate of fire than the regular scientist zombie, and the fire sunflower deals extra elemental damage. Unfortunately, characters take an exorbitant amount of time to unlock, and because card packs are random, you can't just unlock upgrades or characters for the class you're interested in.

    [View:3255212410001]

    Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the economy is that there's no option to purchase coins with real money, but EA says it may institute such an option in the future. Frankly, I can't imagine a world where that change doesn't happen, but it doesn't really matter. The progression system and tower-defense elements are already broken to accommodate the possibility. Garden Warfare is designed like a free-to-play game, despite the $30 price tag.

    PopCap's approach to class progression also plays out for the worse. Instead of gaining experience points, you level up classes by completing a series of challenges. Things start out easy – deploy five potato mines, kill three plants with rockets – but more specific challenges distract players from what's best for the match and make leveling up a pain. Killing two scientist zombies with a sun beam or shooting down three garlic drones seems easy enough, but what if the other team isn't using those characters? I went entire matches making zero progress with characters simply because the right elements weren't on the battlefield. Some challenges are downright devious; spawning five conehead zombies first requires you to buy consumable card packs until you randomly receive enough of them to complete the challenge. Luckily, you unlock all of the abilities for a class in the first few levels anyway, so you can abandon the progression scheme after that.

    Before the tedium set in, I had fun with Garden Warfare. Spending a few hours with the accessible combat and charming world was entertaining, but the random card packs and achievement-style leveling system killed my desire to keep playing. Garden Warfare's simplified gameplay and limited map selection can only entertain for so long – without rewarding progression, there's no carrot (or brain) at the end of the stick.

    The Xbox 360 Difference
    While both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions have their share of problems, the last-gen incarnation fares considerably worse. While testing the 360 version, I ran into increased gameplay bugs, load times, pop-up, and embarrassingly blurry visuals as the game struggled to stream in the high-resolution textures. These shortcomings don’t ruin the experience, but they are significant enough to earn the Xbox 360 entry a lower score than the Xbox One version. 

              Blog Post: Rooted In Shallow Soil        

    Gamers were dumbfounded when PopCap announced it was transplanting the Plants vs. Zombies series from the backyard to the battlefield. To say the multiplayer-shooter spinoff is a huge departure for the casual game developer is an understatement, but the aesthetics and lighthearted tone are a wonderful change of pace for the violence-obsessed genre. Dig beneath the surface, though, and you find some fundamental flaws that hold back this family-friendly shooter.[Excerpt]

    PopCap is known for making highly polished games that virtually anyone can pick up and play. Unfortunately, that equation only rings half true for Garden Warfare. The developer's simplified approach to the genre does away with basic concepts like sprinting, melee attacks, and limited ammo, making it easy for anyone to get into the swing of battle. However, the gameplay is uncharacteristically buggy; players get hung up on other characters and geometry, corpses twitch on the ground, and even the slightest bit of network lag renders some abilities (like the all-star zombie's dash attack) ineffective. A variety of classes and unlockable characters add some nuance to the simple fun, but PopCap's limited mode offerings hamstring replayability.

    Garden Warfare only features two main competitive modes: Team Vanquish and Gardens & Graveyards. Team Vanquish is your run-of-the-mill team deathmatch. Gardens & Graveyards tasks zombies with assaulting a series of consecutive capture points in a map, similar to Battlefield's rush mode. A classic variant of each mode disables upgrades and unlockable characters (making them less interesting), and the beginner mode gives you more health the more you die, but you're still playing one of two basic formulas.

    Gardens & Graveyards is clearly the main attraction. Maps have unique themes, and capture points are built around interesting locations that facilitate large-scale confrontations. Every map features an interesting final objective, such as sneaking five zombies into Crazy Dave's mansion or destroying the roots of a giant sunflower growing inside of a lighthouse. Gardens & Graveyards provides hours of fun, but eventually you get tired of assaulting or defending the same points on the same handful of maps, and Team Vanquish does little to alleviate the boredom.

    Garden Warfare's co-op offerings are equally uninspired. Garden Ops is a four-player horde mode, which tasks players with defending a garden against ten increasingly difficult waves of zombies. Aside from the occasional zombie boss or special wave, you don't have much to draw you in once you've beaten a few matches. The Xbox One-exclusive modes are even more disappointing. The splitscreen mode is an endless version of Garden Ops, where the second player doesn't get to save his or her progress and the boss mode relegates you to providing support to your team during competitive matches from a topdown map of the battlefield.  

    Garden Warfare's most interesting twist is how it incorporates the series' tower-defense elements into matches. Players can spawn zombies or plants in designated locations on the map, which then attack opponents autonomously. Unfortunately, these characters are treated as consumable items that players must purchase before matches using Garden Warfare's microtransaction-ready economy.

    The vast majority of Garden Warfare's content is locked behind its PvZ Coin currency. Support plants and zombies, customization items, weapon upgrades, and even new class characters are bought with the coins you earn from matches. However, can't just buy what you want; instead you must purchase blind card packs of varying prices. Consumable card packs give you a handful of zombies and plants to summon during matches, while more expensive packs provide random upgrades or character stickers – though you have to collect all of the stickers for a character before you can actually play as them. Like any good pusher, EA gives you a couple packs for free, but after that the grinding for coins begins.

    This faux free-to-play approach undermines Garden Warfare's promising tower-defense elements. Each plant or zombie you spawn feels like a waste of money; regardless of how helpful they may be on the battlefield, buying consumable packs just holds you back from the larger goal of unlocking more playable characters, which is the only motivator to continue playing after you've learned the maps inside and out.

    Those extra playable characters are worth unlocking. Although they have the same class abilities, each character has its own unique twist on gameplay. For instance, the marine-biologist zombie features a higher rate of fire than the regular scientist zombie, and the fire sunflower deals extra elemental damage. Unfortunately, characters take an exorbitant amount of time to unlock, and because card packs are random, you can't just unlock upgrades or characters for the class you're interested in.

    [View:3255212410001]

    Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the economy is that there's no option to purchase coins with real money, but EA says it may institute such an option in the future. Frankly, I can't imagine a world where that change doesn't happen, but it doesn't really matter. The progression system and tower-defense elements are already broken to accommodate the possibility. Garden Warfare is designed like a free-to-play game, despite the $40 price tag.

    PopCap's approach to class progression also plays out for the worse. Instead of gaining experience points, you level up classes by completing a series of challenges. Things start out easy – deploy five potato mines, kill three plants with rockets – but more specific challenges distract players from what's best for the match and make leveling up a pain. Killing two scientist zombies with a sun beam or shooting down three garlic drones seems easy enough, but what if the other team isn't using those characters? I went entire matches making zero progress with characters simply because the right elements weren't on the battlefield. Some challenges are downright devious; spawning five conehead zombies first requires you to buy consumable card packs until you randomly receive enough of them to complete the challenge. Luckily, you unlock all of the abilities for a class in the first few levels anyway, so you can abandon the progression scheme after that.

    Before the tedium set in, I had fun with Garden Warfare. Spending a few hours with the accessible combat and charming world was entertaining, but the random card packs and achievement-style leveling system killed my desire to keep playing. Garden Warfare's simplified gameplay and limited map selection can only entertain for so long – without rewarding progression, there's no carrot (or brain) at the end of the stick.


              KOCHI DRONE BASE 始めました        

    https://www.facebook.com/kochidrone/

     


              ãƒ‰ãƒ­ãƒ¼ãƒ³Ã—ドリフト|TOYO TIRES        

     

    実は私飛ばすだけではありません!

    カメオペなんてことも出来たりします(笑

    All captured with drones


              Markus Eder captures insane drone and POV footage while skiing in Chamonix        

    Starring in many a Matchstick Productions film, pro skier Markus Eder is not only comfortable in front of the lens, but behind it as well. Just check out his latest creation, The Chamonix Experience. Filmed over two days in Chamonix, France, Eder captured some insanely burly lines while skiing with an all-time crew including Sam […]

    The post Markus Eder captures insane drone and POV footage while skiing in Chamonix appeared first on Freeskier Magazine.


              â€˜Layín’ se beneficia con 11 millones de programas sociales        
    Según los padrones de la Sagarpa, el alcalde de San Blas recibe apoyos desde 2010
              Regional Roundup 7/28: WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre, MAMMA MIA! at The Gateway, and SOMETHING ROTTEN in Kansas City!        

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Something Rotten, and More!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    St. Louis: Check out video highlights from The Muny's production of UNSINKABLE Molly Brown! Hannibal Missouri's own brash and beguiling Molly Brown shines in this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson's 1960 musical. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and new songs from the Meredith Willson songbook. The tempestuous can't-live-with-him/can't-live-without-him love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic returns to the stage with more fun and flair than ever. This is one of those classic musicals that will have your heart soaring! The show is directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, with Michael Rafter as Music Adaptation, Music Director, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements.



    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre! He writes "Matthew Gardiner directs this show with conviction and authenticity. Placing the acting front-and-center (let's face it, acting is often the forgotten component in many musical productions) Gardiner carefully crafts the scenes for maximum emotional impact, building the symphony of Arthur Laurents' script as precisely as he does Leonard Bernstein's score. It's definitely worth noting how fabulous the orchestra sounds, led by the baton of music director Jan McDaniel. Choreographer Amy Reynolds-Reed recreates the critical and iconic moments of Jerome Robbins' original staging, but adds quite a few novel and contemporary surprises without ever taking us out of the world of the play."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews MAMMA MIA at The Gateway! She writes "Briana Rapa is adorable as Sophie. An outstanding voice and a youthful quality make her a natural for the role. Donna is effortlessly and beautifully portrayed by Joan Hess. Indeed an audience favorite is Ms. Hess's lead on the iconic title song and a heart tugging rendition of "The Winner Takes It All". Also a treat is Patrick Cassidy who portrays Sam, one of the men believed to be Sophie's father. It is especially entertaining to see Mr. Cassidy share the stage with David Engel and Fred Inkley who portray Harry and Bill, respectively (the other men believed to be Sophie's father). They appear like old buddies rather than strangers."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews SOMETHING ROTTEN on tour! He writes "This is where the show really takes off and never lands. There are more funny allusions to musical shows of the next three hundred years than a retrospective at the Tony Awards. Some of them you get - Others fly on by. It is like watching an Elizabethan Henny Youngman throwing out one-liners. Their first idea for a show subject is the "Black Death." Close, but no cigar. Back to Shakespeare! The real man was a little pudgy and bald. This Shakespeare is a blond, nasty, literal rock star who presides over a rave. If this sounds a little bit like Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, you've got the idea. It is the kind of creative anachronism you enjoyed in "A Knight's Tale" with the late Heath Ledger."


    Seattle: Contributor Jay Irwin reviews CURIOUS INCIDENT at the Paramount. He writes "Director Marianne Elliott took the genius tact of staging the entire show so the audience is forced to see the world the way Christopher does with intense lights, overlapping sounds, and stylized movement making the piece a fully immersive journey into an already emotional tale. And this is where we may lose some people. I find the world they've created fascinating and revel in the innovation of it all but it's not a comfortable show. This is certainly not a happy little jaunt where you can wander through the story, these folks make you work for it and even when you think you've finally got the rhythm of the show down they make a sharp left turn to throw you off again. But if you are up for the work, the payoff is immense."


    Raleigh: Contributor Jeffrey Kare reviews BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at North Carolina Theatre. He writes "As for this production, it's got a very talented cast led by Catherine Charlebois, who perfectly captures all of the characteristics of Belle. She's spunky, funny, charismatic, and a woman who can easily stand up for herself. As the Beast (a role originated on Broadway by NCT alumni Terrence Mann), actor Ben Michael not only shows us the monster that character can be on the outside, but also the human he is on the inside. He very successfully sells the audience on the arc he goes on from selfish prince, to a real gentleman. Peter Saide steals the show as the narcissistic, yet villainous Gaston, who will stop at nothing to marry Belle. Heartfelt performances come from Ann Van Cleave as the maternal head of the castle's kitchen turned teapot, Mrs. Potts and Lamont Wade as Belle's loving, yet eccentric father, Maurice. Comedic highlights include Dirk Lumbard as the maitre turned candelabra, Lumiere; Michael Brian Dunn as the head of the castle turned mantle clock, Cogsworth; Matthew Simpkins as Gaston's bumbling sidekick, Lefou; Talia Robinson as the maid turned feather duster, Babette; and Aimee Henderson as the opera singer turned wardrobe, Madame de la Grande Bouche."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews The Muny's THE UNSINKABLE Molly Brown. He writes "Beth Malone is a self assured wonder as Molly, engaging and full of life, she brings her knowledge of the role to the stage of the MUNY and completely captures your heart with her performance. Since we view every other character through her prism, it's essential that she stands out, and Malone definitely does. Mark Kudisch fights a tug of war with Molly as her beleaguered, but supportive husband, J.J. Brown. Molly isn't typical of the times by anyone's standards, so it's a true test of love that keeps them together when that bond is strained, and it is, often. Whitney Bashor is quite good as a recent widow (there's that miner superstition coming true) Molly encounters, and Justin Guarini (Vincenzo), David Abeles (Erich), and Paolo Montalban (Arthur) contribute nicely as miners. The ensemble also does splendid work."


    Connecticut: Contributor Sherry Shameer Cohen reviews GROUNDED at Wesport Theatre. She writes "This portrait, flawlessly played by Stahlmann, is not unusual. Many soldiers suffer from PTST. The play evokes questions about that, especially since women are twice as likely to get it. How do women soldiers reconcile their ability to kill and their ability to give life? StahlmAnn Humanizes the pilot and her meltdown in a credible way. Riccardo Hernandez's simple military/industrial set design complements the dismal work conditions of the drone operators. Kate Marvin's sound design and Solomon Weisbard's lighting are perfect. But Yana Birÿkova's projections are spectacular. Kudos also to Liz Diamond for her excellent direction. This is a play that is especially timely because this year is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. military service's using clones (also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles) and the fact that the U.S. is still at war in Afghanistan after nearly 16 years. The Air Force is training more pilots for drones than for conventional aircraft. As of mid-2016, there have been an estimated 4,189 militants and 479 civilians killed by drones."


    Central NY: Contrinutor Natasha Ashley reviews AMERICAN IDIOT at the Centreal NY Playhouse. She writes "The set is not the only strong element though. Let's discuss the dancing and music. The production features high energy choreography by Sami Hoerner which consisted mostly of moshing, a type of dance that is commonly seen at punk rock live music show. It, along with the music performed by a talented orchestra under the direction of Abel Searor, helped fuel the electric atmosphere. Together, they offer a headbanging good time, but unfortunately, at times the sound design/mixing work by Robert Searle (Sound Designer) and Dusten Blake (Sound Mixer) made it hard to hear and/or understand the lyrics in various musical numbers.:


    Baltimore: Contributor Charles Shubow reviews THE KING AND I on tour at the Kennedy Centre. He writes "The hit musical has been revived four times on Broadway. The latest incarnation was the Lincoln Center Theatre production in 1995 which garnered four Tony Awards starring Kelli O'Hara in the leading role of Anna and the DC production is based on that success with about 1/3 of the Lincoln Center cast still involved and has a total of 37 actors on stage. "Anna" is now played by lovely Laura Michele Kelly who I listen to almost every day on the CD of the hit musical FINDING NEVERLAND. Kelly is just plain marvelous."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Ronn Burton
    Oklahoma Contributing Editor

    Ronn Burton splits his time between NYC and OKC working as an actor, filmmaker, and director. Selected credits... ACTOR: TV/Film: Celebrity Ghost Stories, Enchantments. Off-Broadway/New York Theatre: Carnegie Hall concerts with Kelli O'Hara and Stephen Sondheim, Iron Curtain, Wonderful Town, The House of Blue Leaves, Marat/Sade, Angelina Ballerina the Musical. Regional Theatre: Red, Dog Sees God, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Little Women, The Last Five Years, Rent, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hello, Dolly! DIRECTOR: Stage: The Agony and The Agony, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Hello Again; Film: Encounters, Abandon, and the firsr live webseries Watch Us Fail. Follow him @RonnBurton.


    Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


              COMANCHERÍA        


    Película: Comanchería. Título original: Hell or High Water. Dirección: David Mackenzie. País: USA. Año: 2015. Duración: 102 min. Género:Drama. Interpretación: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster. Guion: Taylor Sheridan. Música: Nick Cave y Warren Ellis. Estreno en España: 30 Diciembre 2016.


    Tras la muerte de su madre, dos hermanos organizan una serie de atracos, eligiendo solo distintas sucursales del mismo banco. Solo les quedan algunos días para evitar el desahucio de su propiedad familiar y pagar al banco con su propio dinero. Tras ellos, un Ranger cerca de retirarse y su segundo, están decididos a atrapar a los ladrones.

    En Pat Garrett y Billy el Niño (1973) no era el personaje de Bob Dylan quien pronunciaba la famosa frase (“los tiempos han cambiado”), sino el sheriff encarnado por James Coburn, antiguo pistolero ya resignado a la desaparición de la cultura de frontera y la libre circulación de forajidos. Por ‘desaparición’ se entiende su sustitución por entidades chupópteras más respetables en el mundo civilizado que los atracos a mano armada, claro, como las entidades de crédito. Así llegamos hasta la ambientación contemporánea de un western como Comanchería, donde los bancos no se roban a caballo sino en coche, los indios regentan casinos y los sheriffs siguen resignándose al devenir de los tiempos. Esto último lo encarna un Jeff Bridges enorme, quizás hermano de leche del Tommy Lee Jones de No es país para viejos (2007), que, tan astuto y quejumbroso como su acento texano, se debe al cumplimiento de la ley como último lazo con el mundo.
    Un mundo, erosionado por el viento y las baladas de Nick Cave, donde dos hermanos (Chris Pine y Ben Foster a tope de empatía) intentan pagar con su propia moneda al banco que ahoga la granja familiar: saqueándolo. El guión de Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) prefiere que la crítica política llegue a cañonazos y suministra las mismas pinceladas de (anti)heroísmo a policías y ladrones; en un país de comanches, todos somos enemigos.(CINEMANIA).

    ...La película de David Mackenzie habla de todo esto, del mundo moderno, de la injusticia y del crimen que provoca, a través de una historia clásica de policías y ladrones. El prestigioso guionista Taylor Sheridan (SicarioHijos de la anarquía) se muestra muy lacónico en el entramado narrativo, tan parco en explicaciones como escaso de elementos es el territorio del que habla. Gentes duras, almas en pena, como las de los dos hermanos, de los que con cuentagotas nos enteramos de sus problemas, de qué les ha llevado a la situación que viven. Al igual ocurre con la relación entre los dos policías, el veterano con olfato y el fiel cumplidor del deber. Cuatro vidas que se persiguen y se enfrentan en el oeste, que juegan a la vida salvaje del pasado. A tal efecto, quizá el film apuntaba al principio a algo más, a una suerte de hondura existencial, que finalmente apenas se ofrece. El resultado es bueno pero queda el sabor de que podría haber sido extraordinario.
    Ante el sencillo planteamiento, en Comanchería resulta sobresaliente la atmósfera y la ambientación nostálgica de una época legendaria de bandidos, de buenos y malos que se enfrentaban cara a cara, en un duelo personal. De gran lirismo son los largos planos de las desérticas llanuras texanas y notables para tal fin son también las evocadoras notas de la reconocible banda sonora de Warren Ellis y Nick Cave, muy similar en su instrumentación a la que sirvieron en La propuesta o El asesinato de Jesse James por el cobarde Robert Ford. Los actores –Jeff BridgesChris PineGil Birmingham– brillan en sus duros personajes, mientras que el eficaz rol tarambana de Ben Foster resulta más convencional, típico de su filmografía.(DE CINE 21)

    Han transcurrido casi dos siglos desde que los hermanos James se hicieron forajidos por culpa de la voracidad de los bancos que arrebataron la granja familiar, pero parece que todo siga igual. Los dos hermanos, separados por la vida, protagonistas de 'Comanchería', un neowestern más cercano al universo desesperado del escritor John Steinbeck que a Terrence Malick o Cormac McCarthy, son un eco de aquellos fueras de la ley rodeados por un hálito romántico y trágico. Al igual que los dos vagabundos de 'De ratones y hombres' o los indignados (y esta es una película sobre indignados) de 'Las uvas de la ira', el paisaje, la huída y puntuales oasis/refugio que no dejan de ser espejismos son incluso más importantes que las personas.
    Una Texas desértica y quemada por el Sol, vista por el estilista director con mucho humor negro, como escenario de un film sobre la pérdida (de fronteras, ideales, familiares, de la esperanza) pero también sobre el encuentro y el conocimiento, aunque se trate de toparse con la muerte y saber que en ella está la verdad.(FOTOGRAMAS)

              Drones in the Swedish emergency services        

    The interest in using drones in the emergency services is increasing. The drone technique can be used to search bodies at drowning accidents, forest fires or for overview images in major accidents. Fire engineer Alexandra Olofsson at Luleå University of Technology has examined the legal possibilities for using drones for the emergency services in her thesis "Drones in the Swedish emergency services".


              Alta Devices is flying high with UAVs        
    IMG_7044-imp.jpgAlta’s high efficiency and lite weight, thin film solar cells are perfect for price insensitive, fixed wing, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications. During the third week of November, Alta Devices was making the Silicon Valley event rounds at Drone World Expo and the IDTechEx Show! USA 2016. I spoke with Alta folks staffing the booths […]
              St Louis Aerial Video, Aerial Photography & Drone Videos        

    314media provides the St Louis area with state of the art drone helicopter videos, St Louis aerial video, and aerial photography and video editing services in the St. Louis and surrounding Metro Area. Our St Louis Aerial Video, Aerial Photography, & St Louis Drone Video Services come complete with music and editing time included in our simple package price. 314media performs St Louis aerial photography & drone video services in the St Louis and Southern Illinois area and is looking forward to working with you on your next aerial video production.  We are professional Aerial Video Service providers and strive to make your production an overwhelming success. We provide video editing, music selection, and a complete production – for a low, turn-key cost. A unique view of JB Memorial Cemetery in St. Louis At 314media, we have provided professional St Louis aerial photography & St. Louis drone videos for all kinds of uses such as real estate, construction review & promotion, insurance purposes, and a whole laundry list of other applications. Aerial photographs or drone videos of your business location are great for marketing materials, print, or even on your website or video channel. Our St Louis drone video services provide the WOW factor that your ...

    The post St Louis Aerial Video, Aerial Photography & Drone Videos appeared first on 314media.


              Las anfetaminas zz-1, mephedrone, cristal de 4mmc, mdma,        
    Le ofrecemos una gama de investigaciones de alta calidad productos químicos, productos farmacéuticos, analgésicos, píldoras de pérdida de peso y otros productos. Todos nuestros los productos se proporcionan en forma cristalina pura, en polvo o las tapas de tratamiento premedidas y son de la más alta pureza disponible. Nuestros productos incluyen: metadona, oxycontin, valium, tramadol, diazapam, roxicodona ,, oxicodona, bromo libélula, efedrina hcl polvo, psuedoephedrine, las anfetaminas zz-1, mephedrone, cristal de 4mmc, mdma, mdpv, a - pvp, cp 47497, hu-331, jwh-081, jwh-250, jwh - 398, ur-14
              Le drone qui vous suit à la trace !        

    Voici un nouveau né dans la famille des drones. Son nom : AIRDOG, il pèse 1,8kg, se déplace à une vitesse approchant les 70km/h mais sa particularité première qui en fait une grande nouveauté c’est la façon qu’il a tranquille, pépère, de vous suivre en toute autonomie pendant que vous faites votre activité quotidienne à... Read more »

    Cet article Le drone qui vous suit à la trace ! est apparu en premier sur Blogoergosum.


              Skiing park in the Dolomites looks 100-percent amazing        

    The Dolomites in Italy are such impressive mountains that, frankly, we could just watch drone footage of them all day long with no skiers involved. But when you put Ralph Welponer in the mix, throwing down on massive park features with those big ol’ peaks in the background, we could watch all week long. This […]

    The post Skiing park in the Dolomites looks 100-percent amazing appeared first on Freeskier Magazine.


              Massive, terrifying features galore in Émile Bergeron’s latest video        

    Émile Bergeron is doing some next-level urban skiing right now, folks, as seen in his latest video. It displays some insane stunts on huge features—not for the weakhearted by any means—and you’ll surely be impressed as soon as you press play. ALSO WATCH: “The poor man’s selfie drone” is here, and it’s amazing See more […]

    The post Massive, terrifying features galore in Émile Bergeron’s latest video appeared first on Freeskier Magazine.


              Seven sick lines in the Austrian Alps        

    It hasn’t been the most stellar season for Europe snowfall-wise, but videos like this prove that it ain’t all that bad. In fact, Philipp Müller—with POV and drone cameras in tow—makes it look pretty darn good with some super-smooth turns through the Austrian Alps. ALSO WATCH: Beautiful black and white drone footage from the Colorado […]

    The post Seven sick lines in the Austrian Alps appeared first on Freeskier Magazine.


              One glorious run at La Clusaz, France        

    La Clusaz—home to much of Candide Thovex’s Internet-breaking footage—just gained another badass video. It features Frenchman Jeremy Pancras and American Alex Ferreira completely sending a super-long run down La Balme, one of the peaks at La Clusaz. These dudes freakin’ rip. ALSO WATCH: The poor man’s selfie drone See more skiing. Head to our Facebook […]

    The post One glorious run at La Clusaz, France appeared first on Freeskier Magazine.


              â€œThe poor man’s selfie drone” is here, and it’s amazing        

    Nico Vuignier has done it again. The skier known for his out-of-the-box videos just came out with a new offering dubbed The poor man’s selfie drone that is straight-up awesome. It features Vuignier tossing a GoPro attached to a plane mechanism of sorts, and capturing wild selfie shots at Crans-Montana in Switzerland. Check it out, […]

    The post “The poor man’s selfie drone” is here, and it’s amazing appeared first on Freeskier Magazine.


              This black and white drone footage magnificently captures Colorado backcountry skiing        

    To ski among Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is a humbling experience for even the most adventurous of humans. Watching drone footage from these mountains, while not quite the same as being there in person, can also be quite humbling. Just check out this beautiful new video from Ben Moscana, featuring the talents of Baker Boyd and […]

    The post This black and white drone footage magnificently captures Colorado backcountry skiing appeared first on Freeskier Magazine.


              Ballsy French skier squeezes down mega-skinny couloir like a boss        

    Mountain man Sébastien Montaz-Rosset is well-known for accomplishing wild ski descent after wild ski descent, yet he’s somehow able to constantly one-up himself over and over. This time, he’s pointing it down one of the skinniest couloirs imaginable in the Alps—captured via POV and drone footage. Don’t try this at home, folks. That is, if […]

    The post Ballsy French skier squeezes down mega-skinny couloir like a boss appeared first on Freeskier Magazine.


              Comments: Акции, распродажи, купоны на 07.08-13.08.2017        
    ТОП ТОВАРОВ КАЖДЫЙ ДЕНЬ
    MSI GL62M 7REX — 1252CN Gaming Laptop
    15.6 inch Windows 10 Home Chinese Version Intel Core i7-7700HQ

    Купить с купоном "MSI1252" за $$899.99
    Купонов только 50 шт.
    www.gearbest.com/laptops/pp_683487.html?wid=21

    Xiaomi Air 13 Notebook Fingerprint Sensor
    13.3 inch Windows 10 Chinese Version Intel Core i5-7200U

    Купить с купоном "NEWMIAIR13" за $897.99
    www.gearbest.com/laptops/pp_648196.html

    OnePlus 5 4G Phablet
    OxygenOS Snapdragon 835 16.0MP + 20.0MP Dual Cameras

    Купить с купоном "Plus5Phablet" за $469.99
    Купонов только 100 шт. Действует до:2017-8-31
    www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_656559.html

    JJRC H43WH Mini Foldable RC Selfie Drone
    WiFi FPV 720P HD / Pincer-shaped Guards / G-sensor Mode

    Купить с купоном "H43WH " за $31.99
    www.gearbest.com/rc-quadcopters/pp_688152.html

    Xiaomi Mi 6
    «International Version Snapdragon 835 Splash Resistant Dual 12.0MP Rear
    Cameras»

    Купить с купоном "MI6CER" за $479.99
    Купонов только 100 шт.
    www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_609494.html

    Vkworld Mix Plus 4G Phablet
    5.5 inch 13.0MP Rear Camera Fingerprint Scanner Metal Frame

    Купить с купоном "GBVKMIX" за $99.99
    www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_658917.html?wid=11


              Comments: Акции, распродажи, купоны на 07.08-13.08.2017        
    Hubsan H501S X4 Brushless Drone — Advanced Version
    «5.8G FPV 6-axis Gyro / 10 Channel / 1080P HD Camera / GPS Position / One
    Key to Return / Follow Me Mode»

    Купить с купоном "HBS17" за $229.99
    Купонов только 80 шт. Действует до:2017/9/9
    www.gearbest.com/rc-quadcopters/pp_424346.html

    Hubsan H501S X4 Brushless Drone — BLACK US PLUG COLORMIX
    «5.8G FPV 10CH 6-axis Gyro / 10 Channel / 1080P HD Camera / GPS Position /
    One Key to Return / Follow Me Mode»

    Купить с купоном "HBS1802" за $189.99
    Купонов только 80 шт. Действует до:2017/9/9
    www.gearbest.com/rc-quadcopters/pp_357828.html

    Hubsan H501S X4 Brushless Drone — WHITE + GOLDEN EU PLUG COLORMIX
    «5.8G FPV 10CH 6-axis Gyro / 10 Channel / 1080P HD Camera / GPS Position /
    One Key to Return / Follow Me Mode»

    Купить с купоном "HBS1801" за $189.99
    Купонов только 30 шт. Действует до:2017/9/9
    www.gearbest.com/rc-quadcopters/pp_264426.html

    DDPai Mini Full HD 1080P Car DVR
    Camera WiFi Vehicle Digital Video Recorder Dash Cam Road Camcorder

    Купить за $64.99 Действует до:2017-8-31
    www.gearbest.com/car-dvr/pp_659938.html

    POFAN Cup Car Charger with Voltage Warning
    Independent Switch / Dual USB Interfaces / Double Cigar Lighter Ports

    Купить за $5.99 Действует до:2017-8-31
    www.gearbest.com/car-charger/pp_520430.html

    Long Arm Car Windscreen Cellphone Holder

    Купить с купоном "GBCarHolder" за $0.99
    Купонов только 300 шт.
    www.gearbest.com/car-decorations/pp_276740.html

    KZ ZSE Professional Stereo HiFi Music Earphones
    Dual Dynamic Driver Units / 20 — 45KHz Wide Frequency Range

    Купить за $6.19 Действует до:2017-8-31новинг
    www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_689564.html

    QCY Q29 In-ear Music Bluetooth Headset with Mi
    «with Charging Case / for IPhone 7 Plus / Motorola and Most Android
    Smartphone»

    Купить за $29.99
    Купонов только 50 шт. Действует до:2017-8-14
    www.gearbest.com/earbud-headphones/pp_596463.html

    Xiaomi mijia Honeywell Fire Alarm Detector
    Remote Alert / Progressive Sound / Photoelectric Smoke Sensor

    Купить с купоном "GBFIRE" за $27.99
    Купонов только 100 шт. Действует до:2017-8-31
    www.gearbest.com/alarm-systems/pp_615081.html


              Links for 2017-02-22 [del.icio.us]        

              Links for 2016-07-31 [del.icio.us]        

              What happened at LiDAR for Drone 2017        

    Cet article What happened at LiDAR for Drone 2017 est apparu en premier sur YellowScan.


              LiDAR for Drone Conference 2017 – Montpellier        

    Cet article LiDAR for Drone Conference 2017 – Montpellier est apparu en premier sur YellowScan.


              News Release: AltiGator and YellowScan unveil a 5.6kg survey-grade LiDAR UAV all integrated system, ideal for centimetric urban surveys.        

    AltiGator and YellowScan are pleased to announce an ultra-light weight LiDAR UAV combo allowing for the first time centimetric UAV surveys in urban areas, in accordance with most regulations. The YellowScan Surveyor ultra-light stand-alone LiDAR system is embedded on the OnyxStar® XENA multirotor UAV, which is the last generation professional drone designed by Altigator. Compact, […]

    Cet article News Release: AltiGator and YellowScan unveil a 5.6kg survey-grade LiDAR UAV all integrated system, ideal for centimetric urban surveys. est apparu en premier sur YellowScan.


              guia pokemon oro y plata        
    New Bark Town
    - Cherrygrove City:Bajas de tu habitación y tu mamá te dice que el profesor Elm quiere que le hagas un favor, seguidamente te entrega el Pokégear al cual hay que ingresarle el día de la semana y te explica como usar el teléfono que trae incorporado. Salir de la casa y buscar al Profesor Elm en su laboratorio. Allí te pide que visites a Mr. Pokémon por que el hizo un hallazgo interesante, entonces te ofrece un Pokémon como compañero. Los Pokémon a elegir son: Chikorita ( Hierva ), Totodile ( agua ) o Cyndaquil ( fuego ). Una vez "bautizado" tu Pokémon te dice que Mr. Pokémon vive cerca de Cherrygrove City. También te da su numero de teléfono. Antes de salir, su ayudante te regala una potion ( poción ). Tomar la ruta 29. Seguí hasta encontrar un viejo vestido de marrón, Al hablar con el te explicará que es un Centro Pokémon y un Mart ( mercado ) y algunas cosas mas, luego te dará una Mapcard ( tarjeta mapa ) para el Pokégear. Tomar la ruta 30 en la cual hay una casa donde un hombre te regala una Berry y te explica que se consiguen en los árboles. Salir de ahí y segur camino hasta la casa del Mr. Pokémon. al entrar en su casa te entrega el Mystery Egg ( huevo misterioso ) para llevarle a Elm, como el Prof. Oak también esta allí, te da el nuevo Pokédex. Al salir de la casa, Elm llama desesperado por que algo pasó en su laboratorio y te pide que vuelvas. Al llegar a donde se encontraba el viejo de marrón, un chico extraño aparece y te desafía. Seguir el camino hacia el laboratorio donde Elm y un policía te esperan, Te cuentan que el chico extraño que te desafió se robo un Pokemon del laboratorio y te preguntarán su nombre, ponle un nombre por que el será tu rival por el resto del juego. Al darle el nombre el policía se va, entonces entrega el huevo que traes para el. Después de su sorpresa, te recomendara ir al Gimnasio de Violet city. Al salir el ayudante te dará una poké ball ahora podes empezar a atrapas Pokémon camino a Violet City ( Ciudad Violeta ). Al salir del pueblo nuevamente un chico te enseñará a usar la poké ball. Caminar hasta donde se ve el cartel de la casa de Mr. Pokémon y doblar para donde se ven los entrenadores en fila. A medida que ganas batallas, al hablarle a los entrenadores algunos te pedirán tu teléfono para llamarte, algunos llamaran para tener nuevas batallas, otros llamarán para hablar solamente, otros llamarán si ven algún Pokémon raro y otros para ofrecerte ítems que encontraron por el piso. Al llegar a este punto, si no visitaste a tu mamá antes de partir como me pasó a mi, ella llamará para preguntarte si querés que guarde tu dinero, si le decís que si, ella se quedará con una fracción de lo que ganes en las batallas y con eso te comprará cosas y las pondrá en tu PC. para que las uses. Si le decís no te quedarás con toda la plata vos. NO LO PUEDO CREER, ACABA DE APARECER UN CATERPIE BRILLANTE SIN USAR NINGÚN CÓDIGO GAMESHARK!!! SERÁ LA FAMOSA BUTTERFREE ROSA??? Sigo con el juego. Al terminar la ruta 30 esta la Dark Cave ( cueva oscura ) y un par de ítems, tomar la ruta 31 hasta Violet City.Violet City:Al llegar a Violet City se puede encontrar un chico que quiere cambiar Pokémon con vos. Mas adentro está la EarlŽs Pokémon Academy ( Academia Pokémon de Earl ) donde al acercarte al pizarrón o a los libros podrás leer información sobre el juego. Pasando la academia se encuentra la Sprout Tower ( Torre Sprout ) donde en la noche se pueden encontrar Pokémon fantasma. Entrar en ella y vencer a los monjes piso por piso teniendo en cuenta los ítems del lugar. Al llegar al último piso y vencer a los monjes aparece tu rival insultando al monje mayor y se va, ahora es tu turno de enfrentarlo, al ganarle te dará HM 05 flash para iluminar las cuevas oscuras pero para usarla necesitas la Zephirbadge. Ir al gimnasio de Falkner y al vencerlo te dará la Zephyr Badge, la TM 31y la habilitación del movimiento flash. Al salir del gimnasio victorioso Elm llama por teléfono y dice que ha hecho un descubrimiento y que tenés que hablar con su ayudante en el Centro Pokémon de esa ciudad. Al entrar al centro el ayudante te pedirá que te lleves al huevo y que llames a Elm en cuanto empolle. Subir hasta la ruta 36 y pasar por la entrada / salida norte a las Ruins Of Alph ( Ruinas de los Alpes ). Entrar en el Mystery Stone Panel Chamber ( Cámara de los misteriosos Paneles de Piedra ) ahí tendrás que acomodar los paneles para que se parezcan al Pokémon que describe al costado ( un Kabuto ). Al terminar el panel, se abre el piso y caes en un salón donde aparecen esos raros Pokémon llamados Unown, al capturar 3 de ellos salir de ese salón por la escalera. Al salir un científico estará esperándote en la puerta y te arreglará tu Pokédex para ver a todos los Unown. Para usar ese Upgrade hay que: apretar start y seleccionar Pokédex ahí apretar select y podrás elegir entre el antiguo orden de los Pokémon, el nuevo orden o de A a Z y además el modo Unown. Caminar hacia la salida / entrada del este hasta la ruta 32.Violet City - Azalea Town:En la ruta 32, habla con el primer niño que encuentres el te dará la Miracle Seed ( semilla milagrosa ) que al dárselo a tener a un Pokémon hierva mejora sus ataques. Caminar hacia el sur y subir al puente, hablar con los entrenadores y darle a uno de ellos tu teléfono para algo importante. De ahí pasar por donde un tipo quiere venderte una Slowpoke tail ( cola de Slowpoke ) y si esta Frieda pedirle tu regalo ( leer los chicos de la semana ) , entrar en el Centro Pokémon y hablar con el chico de verde, el te dará la Old Rod ( caña vieja ) y seguir hasta la Union Cave ( Cueva Unión ) ahí habrá entrenadores, Pokémon de piedra e ítems en el piso. Caminar hasta salir a la ruta 33. Cerca de ahí está el Slowpoke Well ( Pozo Slowpoke ) custodiado por un Rocket, segur de largo hasta KurtŽs House ( Casa de Kurt ) en Azalea Town. Una vez en su casa, te contará que los Rocket están en el Slowpoke Well cortándole las colas a los Slowpoke para venderlas y después sale corriendo. Al llegar al pozo, el Rocket ya no está y podes bajar, ahí Kurt te dice que se lastimó bajando y no puede ayudar a los Slowpoke, por eso te pide que lo hagas por el. Al ir caminando por dentro del pozo encontrarás a los Rockets listos para pelear. Al terminar con ellos, aparecerá Kurt y te transportará a su casa y al hablar con el te regalará una Lure Ball, muy buena para Pokémon acuáticos y si agarraste un wht apricorn ( apricorn blanco ) de su patio trasero, también hará una bola con el. Ahora ir a la casa de Charcoal Kiln ( Carbón Kiln ) donde el tipo te dice que su ayudante se fue al Ilex Forest ( Bosque Ilex ) y no volvió. Al caminar hacia el Ilex Forest aparece tu rival buscando pelea. Al entrar al bosque te encontrás con el ayudante que te cuenta que su FarfetchŽd se escapó y te pide que lo busques. Al caminar un poco más adentro del bosque lo podes ver, empujarlo hasta que regrese con el ayudante. Una vez que regresó, el jefe del chico te regala la HM 01 Cut ( cortar ) para cortar los arbustos pequeños del costado del camino, pero necesitarás la medalla Colmena . Regresar al pueblo y entrar al gimnasio de Bugsy. Al vencerla te llevaras la Hive Badge, la TM 49 y podrás usar cut. Ir a la casa de Charcoal Kiln otra vez y uno de ellos te dará un charkoal que sirve para incrementar los ataques de fuego.Volver al bosque Ilex y cortar los árboles que te impiden el paso, seguir caminando hasta que encuentres a un entrenador que te regala la TM 02 Headbutt con la cual se le puede dar un cabezazo a los arbolitos para que los Pokémon durmientes caigan al piso. Seguir hasta encontrar un edificio, la chica de Butterfree te regalara la TM 12, al salir del otro lado del edificio estarás en la ruta 34 de Goldenrod City ( Ciudad Caña Dorada ).Goldenrod City - Ecruteak City:Cruza a los entrenadores y adéntrate en la ciudad. En Goldenrod City está el Day - care ( Guardería ) donde si dejas un Pokémon hembra y un macho del mismo Pokémon tendrán un huevo que empollará al igual que el que te dio Elm. También se puede dejar un Pokémon y un Ditto ya que este puede tener huevos con cualquiera. Mas allá del Day - care, está es súper mart, donde podes comprar lo que sea. No te olvides de revisar el subsuelo, tiene muchos ítems. En el 5º piso te dan el Mystery gift ( regalo misterioso ) para usar con cable link y además hay un chico que quiere intercambiar Pokémon. Al salir del súper mart anda hacia Goldenrod City Radio Tower ( Torre de Radio de Ciudad Caña Dorada ). Ahí un hombre mirará los números de I.D. de tus Pokémon intercambiados, y si salís ganador, te regalara una Master Ball, junto a el hay una chica que te hace preguntas, si las contestas bien te ganas una Radio Card ( targeta Radio ). Preguntas 1)¿ Puede el mapa del pueblo verse en el Pokégear ? SI 2) ¿ puede Nidorina se femenina solamente ? SI 3) ¿ Usa Kurt apricorn para hacer poké balls ? NO 4) ¿ Magikarp no aprende ninguna TM ? SI 5) ¿ Es Marie la compañera del prof. Oak en su programa de radio ? NO. Ahora podes escuchar la radio en la Pokégear. Salí de la radio y camina a la derecha hasta el fondo y después hacia abajo, en la primera casa encontrarás a la mujer que te dice si tus Pokémon son felices o no, y mas abajo la bicicletería, allí te darán una bici a cambio de publicidad. En el centro de la ciudad está el Goldenrod City Game Corner ( casino ) donde un hombre te cuenta que tiro su monedero en el subterráneo, pasando el casino esta la casa de Bill, donde una niña te dará su número, desde ahora cuando tu Box de Pokémon esté llena, el te llamará para advertirte. Mas abajo esta la Undergrund Entrance ( entrada subterránea ) entrar en ella. Al bajar encontrarás la peluquería para hacer felices a tus Pokémon y encontrarás el Coin Case ( monedero ) para el casino. Volver y entrar al casino para jugar un rato, podes ganar algunas TM o Pokémon. Ahora al gimnasio de Whitney, una vez que le ganas llora y no te da nada, pero al querer salir una entrenadora te para y te habla, ahora si le hablas de nuevo te da la Plain Badge y la TM 45. Mas o menos en este punto nace Togepi y hay que llamar a Elm, el cual te pide que lo vayas a ver. Antes de ir tenés que visitar las casitas a la derecha del gimnasio, en una de ellas una chica te dará la Squirtbotle ( botella salpicadora ), no te la da si no tenés la medalla de ese gimnasio. Estás listo para ir al norte. Al pasar por por ese edificio habla con el guardia de rojo, el te pedirá que le lleves un Pokémon con una nota a un tipo en la ruta 31, hacele lugar en tu grupo y llévalo. Al salir te encontrás en la ruta 35 y mas adelante la entrada del Parque, donde los martes, jueves y sábados hay un Bug Catching Contest ( concurso de atrapar bichos ). Antes de entrar al parque, doblar a la derecha, cortar el arbusto al lado del entrenador y pasar, doblar a la derecha y subir hasta donde está ese árbol raro. Al acercarte a el usa la botella y el te atacará y podrás atrapar a Sudowoodo. Una vez que el camino esté libre, caminar a la derecha y hablar con el gordito de azul que te dará la TM 08 y si es jueves, cerca de el estará Artur, al hablar con el te dará un regalo. Seguir por la ruta 36 cortando y cabeceando los arbolitos que antes no podías hasta Violet City. Andá a la ruta 31 y dale el Pokémon al tipo que está parado frente al agua, junto al arbusto. El mensaje dice que la Dark Cave se conecta con otra cueva y te dará a cambio la TM 50. Ahora que podes usar flash date una vuelta por la cueva. Antes de entrar, enséñale Rock - Smash a un Pokémon, con este ataque podes romper las piedras que bloquean el camino en la cueva. Al salir estarás en un campo verde en la ruta 46 cerca del Mountain Rd. ( camino de montaña ). Al atravesar la salida estas en la ruta 29, si es martes habla con Tuscany y ella te dará algo. Ahora estas súper cerca de New Bark Town. Al entrar al laboratorio Elm agradecido por haberle cuidado a Togepi te regala una Everstone que sirve para al dársela a un Pokémon no evolucione mientras la sostenga. Asunto terminado en New Bark, ahora podes regresar a donde estaba Sudowoodo en la ruta 37 y caminar al norte hasta Ecruteak City.Ecruteak City - Olivine City:Al entrar en el Centro Pokémon de Ecruteak aparece Bill y te cuenta sobre la Time Capsule ( cápsula del tiempo ) que sirve para traer o llevar tus Pokémon por el cable link con las versiones Red, Blue y Yellow. La primera parada es en el Ecruteak Dance Theater ( Teatro de Danzas Ecruteak ) al entrar y vencer a las cinco bailarinas, el viejo con sombrero te regalará la HM 03 surf. Salir y ir a la casita marrón al lado del gimnasio, ahí te darán el Itemfinder para encontrar la ítems que no se ven. Ahora el gimnasio. Este gimnasio tiene un piso del cual te podes caer, para que eso no te pase camina es zig-zag de entrenador a entrenador hasta llegar a Morty. al vencerlo te ganas la Fog Badge ( medalla Niebla ), la TM 30 y podrás usar surf. Al salir del gimnasio entrar la Burned Tower ( torre Quemada ) al norte de la ciudad. Al entrar en la torre aparece tu rival diciendo que vino a capturar a los Pokémon legendarios y te desafía a un combate. Al terminar, usar e Itemfinder para buscar los objetos tirados por ahí, usar el Smash - Rock para limpiar el camino, recorrer el piso superior y dejarse caer por el hoyo en el centro del lugar. Al caer te encuentras al lado de los Pokémon perros Legendarios, al acercarte a ellos saldrán corriendo para todos lados, de ahora en más ellos aparecerán en cualquier parte y será muy difícil atraparlos por que huyen muy fácilmente. Buscar en el área por ítems y nuevos Pokémon, al terminar subir por la escalera y salir. Uno de los chicos que hay por ahí, te cuenta que hay problemas en el faro de Olivine City por que el Pokémon con el que alumbraban está enfermo, como hay que ir a ver que pasa tenés que ir a Olivine. Para llegar ahí debes tomar la ruta 38 y mientras caminas, podes capturar algunos Pokémon y combatir a los otros entrenadores hasta llegar a la ruta 39. Pasando la ruta 39 está la Moomoo Farm ( Granja Mumu ) al hablar con los granjeros te van a decir que Milktank está enferma y no da más leche, al ir al establo, una de las nenas te dice que MooMoo necesita Berries, al enfrentar a Moomoo te pregunta si le das una Berry a Milktank, si tenés, daselas. Necesita 8 Berrys en total. Al curarla anda a ver a los granjeros, el te venderá Moomoo Milk que restaura el HP de un Pokémon, y ella te dará la TM 13. Salir de la granja y caminar por el corral con el Itemfinder para encontrar la pepita que hay ahí ( por la zona del centro...). Salir del corral y por la ruta 39 llegar Olivine City. Al pasar por el gimnasio de Olivine, aparecerá tu rival, solo que esta vez se marcha sin pelear. En la primera casa que se ve, un pescador te regala la Good Rod ( caña buena ). También visitar la casa vecina al Centro Pokémon, ahí un tipo te regalará la HM 04 Strength ( fuerza ) que sirve para mover bultos pesados. Salir y seguir hasta el Olivine Lighthouse ( Faro Olivine ) y entrar, paelear con los entrenadores y subir por las escaleras hasta llegar al último piso, ahí están Jasmine y Amphy, el Pokémon enfermo. Ella te pide que vayas hasta la Pharmacy ( farmacia ) en Cianwood a buscar un remedio para el Pokémon. para salir tenés que saltar a los hoyos negros. Al salir caminar hacia las casas de atrás del faro, en una de ellas un chico quiere intercambiar un Pokémon. Acercarse al agua en frente del Centro Pokémon y nadar con surf. Cruzar las aguas infestadas de Tentacool y Tentacruel pasando las cuatro islitas chicas hasta llegar a la isla más grande. Cianwood City - Olivine City:En Cianwood City podes sacarles fotos a tus Pokémon en el Cianwood City Photo Studio ( estudio fotográfico de Cianwood ), siempre que tengas una impresora para el G.B. Dirigite a la farmacia y pedí el remedio, luego andá al gimnasio de Chuck. Allí necesitarás saber el movimiento Strength para llegar a chuck. Las piedras deben moverse empujando las de los lados hacia adentro y después la del medio al costado. Al ganarle a Chuck te llevaras la Storm Badge ( medalla tormenta ), la TM 01 y te permite volar con el movimiento Fly. Al salir del gimnasio habla con la mujer que camina por la puerta del mismo, ella te dará la HM 02 Fly ( volar ).También visita al tipo que tene miedo de que le roben su Pokémon y te pide que se lo cuides, al volver a ir te pide que se lo regreses pero no te da nada a cambio del favor. Ahora enseña a volar a algún Pokémon y volá hasta Olivine City. Camina hacia el faro y dale el medicamento a Jasmine, una vez curado el Pokémon, Jasmine vuelve al gimnasio. Seguirla y competir con ella. Al ganarle te dará la Mineral Badge ( Medalla mineral ) y la TM 23. Ya que podes volar, pegate una vuelta por lo de Kurt a ver si la pokéball está terminada, si lo está dejale otro aprikorn para que haga otra. Volá a Ecruteak City y camina hacia la derecha por la ruta 42.Mount Mortar - Mahogany Town:En la ruta 42 antes de entrar al Mt. Mortar recorda vaciar tu mochila y llevar tu Pokémon "fuerte" y tu Pokémon "lumínico" y hace que ilumine el lugar. Recorrer el lugar con el Itemfinder y capturar algunos Pokémon. Llegar hasta la piedra y moverla, recorrer esa zona por más ítems, volver y salir por el otro lado de la cueva y caminar por la ruta 42 hasta Mahogany Town. A la derecha hay un tipo que no te deja pasar y te cargosea para que le compres una Ragecandybar y como el gimnasio está bloqueado, la única ruta posible es la ruta 43 al Lake or Rage. En esa ruta hay una edificio tomado por los Rockets y cada vez que entres, quieras o no, te quitaran 1000$ por eso es mejor pasar por el pasto. Del lado izquierdo del camino hay unos laguitos, cruzarlos y hallar el caminito a la casa secreta ( hacé lugar en la mochila antes de ir ). Caminá por entre los arbolitos hasta llegar a la casa, en ella un chico te da la TM 10. Si es miércoles, parado cerca de la casa se lo puede ver a Wesley, habla con el. Volver a la ruta 43 y subir hasta el Lake of Rage. Ahí está la Fishing GuruŽs House ( casa del Guru de la pesca ). Cada vez que atrapes un Magikarp llévalo para que el lo vea, si es el más grande que jamás vio, te dará un premio. Ir al lago y nadar hasta el Gyarados Rojo y brillante. Atrápalo y salí del agua. Al salir, mira que ahora parado junto al cartel del lago hay un hombre de capa negra, al hablar con el te pedirá que le ayudes a investigar por que los Magikarp están evolucionando y te dirá que te espera en Mahogany. Volá o camina y entra en el mercado, ahí el te dirá que una extraña señal de radio está saliendo de ese lugar y que hay que separarse para investigar. Baja la escalera y camina teniendo en cuenta que cada vez que pases por una estatua, un grupo de Rockets vendrá a pelear. Entra en la primera abertura que veas en la pared azul y negra y baja, después a la derecha y bajar en la primera abertura y luego izquierda hasta bajar a esa oficina. Pelea con el científico y luego aprieta el switch secreto de su escritorio, al apretarlo las estatuas ya no tienen alarma. Seguí caminando hasta pasar la baldosa y baja por la escalera. Ahí esperaba Lance ( el tipo de la capa ) que te da algo de medicina para tus Pokémon y otra vez sale corriendo. Al bajar la otra escalera, otra vez está Lance, esta vez te dice que se necesitan dos claves para entrar a la oficina del jefe y que esas claves las saben muy pocos Rockets. Ahora hay que luchar hasta que te digan las claves. La primera te la dice la chica pelirroja que esta en la oficina cerca de la escalera donde subiste, y la otra la sabe en ese mismo piso, el último Rocket que está a la izquierda. Con esa información, caminar hacia la otra escalera que hay es ese piso y bajar hasta donde se puede ver la oficina del jefe. Antes de llegar a la puerta de la oficina, Aparece tu rival te habla un par de estupideces y se va. Ahora enfrenta la puerta y abrila, pelea con el ejecutivo Rocket y habla con el pajarraco que te dirá la password ( palabra clave ). llegar al primer subsuelo y abrir la puerta del costado, al entrar aparecen dos Rockets que te retan a duelo, en ese momento Lance aparece y pelea con uno de ellos mientras vos agarras al otro. Una vez que termina la batalla los Rockets se escapan y Lance te dice que lo que queda por hacer es apagar la extraña señal de radio. Lo que hay que hacer es pelear con los Electrode que alimentan la maquina. Una vez que acabaste con los tres Electrode, Lance te agradece y te regala la HM 06 Whirlpool ( remolino ) que sirve para cruzar los remolinos en el agua. Salir del edificio e ir al gimnasio que ya se encuentra desbloqueado. Este gimnasio tiene el piso de hielo y llegar hasta Pryce no es fácil, pero una vez que lo vences te ganas la Galciar Badge ( medalla Glaciar ), la TM 16 y te deja usar el movimiento whirlpool. Al salir de este gimnasio Elm te llama por T.E. y te dice que algo raro pasa en la estación de radio de Goldenrod City.Goldenrod City parte II:Al llegar a la ciudad se ve que está plagada de Rockets bloqueando los caminos, dirígete a la radio. A medida que te adentres en el edificio los Rockets te atacarán. Subir piso por piso hasta llegar al 5º piso donde un Rocket se hace pasar por el director de la radio. Al vencerlo, confiesa que el verdadero director está el Underground Warehouse ( Almacén subterráneo ) que se encuentra al final del Underground entrance y te da la Basement Key ( llave del sótano ) para que puedas entrar. Baja y salí de la radio y como la entrada que usaste antes ahora no se puede pasar hay que usar la otra entrada, pasando las vías del tren, junto a la casa del Name Rater ( calificador de nombres ) que puede re-nombrar a tus Pokémon. Entrar en el Underground, pelear con los tipos y doblar a la derecha hasta encontrar la puerta del sótano. Pasar, bajar la escalera. Al entrar aparece otra vez tu rival y te desafía a un duelo y luego se va. En este lugar hay tres Rockets custodiando tres switchs, el orden en el que se aprietan los switchs para que abran las puertas es: 1º el del final, 2º el del medio y 3º el mas cercano a la escalera. Una vez abierto el camino, hay un par de ladrones y una chica Rocket que te desafían y luego podes abrir la puerta. Al pasar te encontras con otros Rockets a vencer y con mas ítems tirados. Caminar hasta el centro del lugar y liberar al verdadero director de la radio. El te dará la card key para abrir el 3º piso de la radio. Bajas por la escalera y apareces en el sótano del Súper mart. Salí por la puerta y anda al 3º piso de la radio. Al llegar y abrir la puerta, un Rocket te desafía, subir las dos escaleras siguientes y vencer a los dos ejecutivos Rocket que están ahí. En ese momento aparece el director y te agradece dándote la Rainbow Wing ( ala arco iris ) y menciona a la Tin Tower en Ecruteak City. Baja al piso inferior y habla con Marie, ella te dará un Pink Bow ( lazo rosa ) para Pokémon tipo normal. Salí de la radio y antes de ir a Ecruteak, hace lugar para otro Pokémon y visita la casa de Bill, el te regalará un Eevee. También acércate al agua en la ruta 34, nada por ahí que hay un lugar secreto con tres entrenadoras, la tercera en atacar te regalará un Soft sand, especial para Pokémon de tierra. Ahora si a la Tin Tower.Ecruteak City - Tin Tower:Entrar en el edificio que se encuentra al fondo de la ciudad y bajar por la escalera, si no tenés la medalla del gimnasio, no te dejarán pasar. una vez abajo, subir por la otra y salir del edificio. desde ahí caminar hasta la torre y entrar. Rodear el péndulo y subir la escalera, hacer lo mismo en el próximo piso y al subir pasar por el laberinto hasta la próxima escalera. Al subirla, pasar el laberinto hasta la escalera de arriba a la izquierda. Al subir la escalera, caminar hacia la escalera que hay abajo en el centro y subí nuevamente. En este nuevo piso subí la otra escalera y en el último piso vas a ver unas baldosas mágicas rojas, subir y caminar al a derecha por la maderitas finitas y bajar por las maderas mas gruesas hasta la baldosa roja, desde ahí, ir de baldosa a baldosa en todos los pisos hasta llegar a una escalera, esta sube hacia el techo donde se encuentra Ho - oh, el pájaro arco iris en el nivel 40. Desde ahí, podes volver a bajar o volar desde el techo. Ahora, Mahogany Town, volvió a la normalidad y el tipo que no te dejaba pasar no está. Seguir por la ruta 44 hasta el Ice Path ( camino de hielo )Ice Path - Blakhorn CityEntrar a la cueva y caminar hacia el hielo, bajar y subir la escalera, bajar por el otro lado y patinar en el hielo usando las piedras como topes. Atravesar el hielo y revisar la zona para encontrar la HM 07 waterfall que se usa para subir cascadas. Subir por la escalera y recorrer la lomita bajar por las dos escaleras que se ven. En este piso, hay que tirar la piedras por los hoyos, cada piedra en un hoyo diferente. Una vez que tiraste las piedras, tirate vos y úsalas como topes para alcanzar la escalera en el centro. Camina hasta la escalera y subí, patina hasta el centro y subí la escalera y seguí bajando, subiendo y patinando hasta llegar a la salida. Llegaste a Blackhorn City, en la primera casa que veas, una chica quiere cambiar Pokémon con vos. Más adentro esta la Move DeleterŽs House ( casa del borrador de movimientos ), donde podes hacer que tus Pokémon olviden las HM. Si es sábado, verás a un chico de azul, al hablar con el te dará algo. Hacia abajo por la ruta 45 está el Mountain Road, y hacia arriba el gimnasio de Clair. Este gimnasio tiene lagos de lava en su interior, lo primero es subir y tirar los bultos por los hoyos para formar puentes en la lava y así poder llegar a Clair. Al vencerla no te quiere dar la medalla y te pone como prueba ir al DragonŽs Den ( Lugar de los dragones ) y que le traigas el DragonŽs Fang ( colmillo de dragón ). Salí del gimnasio y nada hasta donde hay un viejo parado, entra y baja la escalera, para llegar al DragonŽs Fang, uno de tus Pokémon tiene que saber el movimiento wirlpool para poder pasar los remolinos. Nadar hacia la izquierda y pasa por el remolino, pasa por detrás del altar ( shrine ) y subí a la parte verde a la derecha, ahí está el DragonŽs fang. Al agarrarlo, aparece Clair y te da la Rising Badge, la TM 24 y podes usar el movimiento waterfall ( cascada ) para subir las cascadas en el agua. Luego te explica que para llegar al Indigo Plateau ( Meseta Añil ) tenés que ir a New Bark Town y nadar al este. Al salir del DragonŽs Den, te llama Elm y te dice que tiene algo para vos y que lo pases a ver al laboratorio. Para llegar se puede volar o se puede tomar el Mountain Road, donde hay Pokémon raros e ítems tanto en las cuevas como en el camino. La cueva es oscura y al caminar por ella, encontras a un tipo que te da los Black Glasses ( anteojos negros ) para aumentar los ataques oscuros. Esta cueva tiene muchas salidas, Por eso no es seguro a donde vas a salir. Una vez afuera dirígete a New Bark. Ahora también es buen momento para visitar a Kurt. Al llegar al laboratorio, Elm te regala la master ball.New Bark Town II - El Nuevo Recorrido:Ahora te encontrás en el principio del recorrido, pero con todos los poderes. Como la Liga Pokémon es para Pokémon muy fuertes, lo mejor es seguir entrenando. Por eso es mejor hacer el recorrido nuevamente para poder hacer todo lo que antes no pudiste. Lo primero es hacer head - butt y cortar todos los árboles para encontrar más ítems. En Cherrygrove, ir al agua y nadar hasta la islita donde un gordito te dará la Mystic Water ( agua mística ), que aumenta los ataque tipo agua. Seguí hasta la casa de Mr. Pokémon, lleves o no tu Giarados brillante, el te lo querrá cambiar por un Exp. share ( compartir experiencia ) que al dárselo a un Pokémon, este obtiene la mitad de la experiencia que gano el que luchaba. Seguir hasta Violet City y nadar en los dos lagos que hay para buscar los ítems que hay ahí. Lo próximo son las Ruinas de los Alpes. Cruzar el agua al sur de las ruinas y entrar en la cueva, resolver el panel ( Aerodactyl ) y al caer al salón, abrí el Pokégear y prende la radio. Sintoniza la estación que dice ?????, eso ayuda a atraer a los Unown y atraparlos mas fácil. Al salir apareces en las ruinas. Ahora toma lo ruta 32 y corta el arbusto, el chico que está ahí te dará la TM 05. Seguí hasta la Union Cave. Entra en la cueva y camina hasta el final, cerca de la salida a Azalea hay dos parches de agua en la cueva, atravesar nadando el de la izquierda y bajar por la escalera. Cruzar el agua y volver a bajar. buscar todos los ítems y luchar con los entrenadores. Lo más importante en esta cueva es que los viernes aparece un Lapras nivel 20 en el lago más grande. Salir de esa cueva y subir por la escalera frente al agua. El chico que te ataca es quien te cuenta sobre " los rugidos de un Pokémon que salen de la cueva los días viernes", pasarlo y bajar por la escalera, juntar los ítems y nadar hacia la derecha y subir del otro lado. En la otra orilla te espera un entrenador, pasarlo y al llegar a la intersección, tomar el camino hacia abajo. Empujar la roca que molesta y pasar hacia la salida. Saltar hacia la izquierda y entrar en la otra cámara de paneles. Esta vez hay que formar un Omanyte. Al caer al otro salón, seguí capturando más de los Unown. Al ir a la escalera apareces en la ruinas nuevamente. Volve hacia la misma cueva y hace el mismo recorrido, esta vez en la intersección hay que seguir derecho. Pasar por donde está el entrenador y salir. Al salir se puede ver un parche de pasto y un niño parado, al pasar te pedirá una batalla. Después de ganarle entrar en la última Cámara de Paneles. Al formar a Ho - oh vas a caer al último salón de los Unown. Al salir aparecerás en las ruinas. Una vez que tengas todos los Unown ( creo que son 27 ), visita a los científicos que te dirán que capturaste a todos los Unown y que te permitirá imprimirlos ( con la impresora del G. B. ). Ahora vola hasta Azalea Town y metete en el Slowpoke Well, camina hasta donde venciste al último Rocket y empuja la piedra para poder pasar. Seguí el camino y nada hasta la escalera al bajar encontrás un hombre que te regala la KingŽs Rock ( roca real ) que se usa para evolucionar a Slowking en el intercambio. Ahora salir de la cueva. Seguir el mismo recorrido del principio, por el bosque Ilex hasta salir en Goldenrod City. Caminar por la ruta 35 hasta el parque. En el parque los días martes, jueves y sábado hay un concurso de atrapar Pokémon. En este concurso se puede conseguir a Scyther y a Pinsir. Al concurso solo podes entrar con un Pokémon, lo mejor es que sea uno que pueda usar ataques de sueño. El de la puerta te da 20 poké bolas especiales para el parque y te dice que el ganador será quien atrape el Pokémon más fuerte y que tenés 20 minutos para hacerlo. Solamente podes quedarte con uno de todos los pokemon que atrapes pero en el Pokédex van a figurar como atrapados. Al atrapar a Pinsir o a Scyther , podes seguir hasta agotar el tiempo o podes salir por la puerta de la derecha y cuando el hombre te diga que todavía te queda X tiempo y si querés terminar, decile que si. Te dice que esperes para el anuncio del ganador. Podes quedar en 1º, 2º o 3º lugar. y en cada uno hay un premio diferente. Una vez finalizado el concurso podes entrar al parque y caminar, en uno de los bancos hay una mujer que te regala el Quick Claw que hace que el Pokémon que la tenga pueda atacar primero y por otras lados hay más ítems y TM. Después de haber limpiado el parque, seguí camino hasta Ecruteak City. Caminar por la ruta 42 hasta el Mt. Mortar, entrar al agua y nadar hasta la orilla. Ahí se encuentra otra entada del Mt. Mortar, entrar en ella y prender la luz. bajar por la escalera y recorrer la zona caminando y nadando por ítems y nuevos Pokémon. Salí por donde entraste y tirate al agua, surfeando hacia el norte llegarás a una cascada. Usa el movimiento waterfall para subirla y seguí nadando y pescando por todos lados hasta llegar a otra entrada a una nueva cueva. Entrar nadar por los pozos de agua juntando los ítems hasta el fondo de la cueva, allí hay una escalera por donde bajar. Apareces como en una plataforma de piedra, camina a la derecha y baja por la escalera de la izquierda, camina derecho a la izquierda y después abajo hasta la otra escalera. Ahí se lo puede ver al Karate King que después de una batalla, si tenés lugar en tu grupo te dará a Tyrogue. Caminar hacia abajo y empujar la piedra para poder pasar y llegar al agua. nadar hacia abajo hasta llegar a la escalera que sube a la entrada central del Mt. Mortar. Como lo más importante ya está hecho, ya podes ir a la Meseta Añil con los Pokémon mucho mas entrenados que antes.Indigo Plateau - Pokémon League:Vola hasta New Bark Town y nadar hasta la otra orilla. Al llegar un tipo te dice que te fijes en tu Pokégear por que ya llegaste a Kanto. Entrar en las Tohjo Falls ( cataratas Tohjo ) y subir la cascada, bajar del otro lado y salir con mucho cuidado de no pasarse de la lomita y batallar con la chica. Luego entrar en la casa donde una vieja te regala la TM 37. Salir e ir hacia el agua por la ruta 27. Recorrer la ruta por el agua y tierra en busca de entrenadores, ítems y nuevos Pokémon hasta la ruta 26. Pasando el primer entrenador que hay en esa ruta doblar a la izquierda y bajar hasta la casita de Monica. Allí hay un libro donde figura donde y cuando están "los chicos de la semana". Volver al camino y seguir al norte hasta la próxima casa donde una mujer curará a tus Pokémon. Desde ahí es una ruta directa al norte hasta la Pokémon League. Al entrar se ven un tipo en un escritorio y dos otros bloqueando unos pasillos. Seguir de largo y entrar en la cueva. Caminar hasta el fondo y subir la escalera, recorrer la loma y bajar, ir al norte y subir la escalerita y caminar al norte hacia la salida. Antes de llegar, aparece tu rival y te desafía otra vez. Al terminar, salí de la cueva y entrá al Indigo Plateau. Ahí, un viejo con un Abra te ofrece transportarte a otro lado, si es que tenés miedo. También hay una enfermera Joy, una P. C. y un vendedor. Como las peleas de la Elite Four son consecutivas, lo mejor es llevar provisiones suficientes de potion y elixer. Girando a la derecha se entra a la liga. Una vez vencidos los cuatro entrenadores, aparece Lance con su disfraz de Drácula y te desafía. Al terminar a lance aparecen Mary y Oak para entrevistarte y Lance te pide que lo sigas. Te lleva al Salón de la Fama y registra a tus Pokémon campeones. Luego... los títulos del final.El Nuevo Comienzo:Una vez que los títulos pasaron, poner la opción continuar. Apareces nuevamente en New Bark Town. Al dar un paso, te llama Elm y te pide que ir al laboratorio. Ahí el te da el S. S. Ticket para un barco que sale de Olivine City hacia Kanto. Vola o camina hacia Olivine y subí al Fast Ship S. S. Aqua. En el barco lo primero que pasa es que un viejo te dice que su nieta se perdió y que si la ves, se lo digas rápido. Cuando el viejo se, va es hora de recorrer el barco. El primer camarote a la izquierda es el tuyo. Ahí tenés una P. C. para sacar y poner tus cosas y en la cama, con una siesta se curan tus Pokémon. En los demás camarotes hay ítems y entrenadores. Baja por la escalera y camina al frente hasta que un marino no te deje pasar. El te pedirá que busques a su compañero que anda descansando por ahí. Subí la escalera y búscalo en el camarote vecino al tuyo. Al hablarle te pedirá una batalla. Cuando le ganas, volve a la escalera que ahora el marino te dejará pasar. Caminar por el cuarto lleno de camas y por el comedor hasta llegar a la otra escalera y subir. Entrar en ese cuarto donde están la nena y el capitán del barco. Al hablar con ellos, la nena sale corriendo y te lleva con su abuelo que como recompensa te da el Metal Coat. Seguidamente se escucha que el barco ya llegó a destino y tenés que bajar. Al salir, el marino te dice que llegaron a Vermilion City. Una chica te dice que teniendo el ticket se puede tomar el barco todos los miércoles y domingos. Vermilion City - Fuschia City:A la derecha no se puede pasar por culpa del Snorlax dormido en el camino, a la izquierda está el gimnasio y al norte están el Pokémon fan club, el mart , el centro Pokémon y la casa del gurú. Lo primero es conseguir la Thunderbadge. Salir y caminar al norte hasta Saffron City. Al ir a la casa del Mr. Psychic, te da la TM 29. Luego a las Oficinas de Silph Co. ,donde el guardia te regala el Up - Grade ( sirve para evolucionar a Porigon en el cambio ). Más al norte están la Magnet Train Station ( estación de tren magnético ) y los gimnasios. Ir al gimnasio de Sabrina y ganarle la Marshbadge. Ahora podes tomar el tren que va a Goldenrod City en Jhoto cuando quieras. Caminar a la izquierda, hacia Celadon City buscando nuevos Pokémon. Celadon es muy parecida a Goldenrod City, tiene casino, súper mart y la Mansión Celadon. La primera visita es al gimnasio de Erika para quitarle la Rainbowbadge y la TM 19. Ahora al Game Corner donde un chico te regala monedas para jugar y luego cambiarlas por las TM o los Pokémon. Luego a la Celadon Mansion donde al entrar por atrás, en el último piso un tipo te da la TM 03. Salir y caminar hacia el súper mart y hacer las compras necesarias. Tomar el Cyclin Road y bajar hasta Fuschia City. En esta, ir directo al gimnasio de Janine ya que otra cosa no se puede hacer por que el camino hacia el agua, si es que vas al sur, está bloqueado por una contrucción. Este gimnasio tiene paredes invisibles, pero al mirar con cuidado se pueden ver. cuando ella te da la Soulbadge y la TM 06, es hora de irse. caminar por la ruta 15 entrenando y capturando ítems y Pokémon hasta ver a una chica vestida de verde en un parche de pasto, ella tiene un Aerodactyl para cambiar. Subir por la ruta 14 hasta el norte de Lavander Town. Después tomar la ruta 13.Ruta 12 - Lavander Town:Seguir las rutas 13 y 12 juntando ítems y Pokémon acuaticos. En una casita en medio del camino el hermano menor del gurú te regala la Super rod ( súper caña ) para pescar súper Pokémon. Seguir la ruta 12 hasta Lavander Town. Ahí hay otro Name Rater y la Kanto Radio Station ( estación de radio de Kanto ) entrar en ella y el hombre de espaldas te cuenta que están fuera del aire desde que la planta de energía cerro y el chico del micrófono te dice que para escuchar su música necesitas una expn card y que es mejor que consigas una. Salir de la radio y caminar al norte por la ruta 10 hasta el Rock Tunnel. hacer que el Pokémon lumínico prenda la luz y cruzar la cueva. Primero a la derecha y arriba. Bajar la escalera y Abajo y a la derecha hasta la escalera que sube. Subir hasta la escalera que baja. Luego abajo, izquierda, abajo y derecha hasta la escalera que sube. Luego izquierda y arriba hasta ver la salida. Al salir curar a los Pokémon y caminar hasta el agua. Surfear hasta llegar a la Kanto Power Plant ( planta eléctrica de Kanto ). Entrar y hablar con el manager quien te cuenta que alguien le arruino el generador. Al salir del edificio el portero te para y te dice que lo llamaron de Cerulean City diciendo que hay un sospechoso y si podes cooperar con la investigación. Salí del edificio, nada el camino de regreso y encamínate por la ruta 9 a Cerulean City.Ruta 9 - Cerulean City:Caminar por la ruta 9 enfrentando los entrenadores hasta llegar al arbusto que bloquea el paso, cortarlo y entrar a Cerulean City. Al llegar lo primero es entrar al gimnasio. Ahí un Rocket choca con vos y te dice que te olvides que lo viste y sale corriendo. Al salir tras el el chico que está en la puerta te dice que vio al Rocket huir hacia el CaruleanŽs Cape ( cabo Celeste ). Al llegar al camino de CeruleanŽs cape lo ves ahí parado y al hablarle te desafía a una batalla. Al ganarle te confiesa que escondió la Machine Part ( parte de maquina ) en el gimnasio de Cerulean dentro del agua, en la parte del centro. Ir al gimnasio y buscar con el ítemfinder hasta recuperar la machine part. Volver hasta la Power Plant y entregarle la Machine part al manager, como recompensa te regala la TM 07. Ahora volar hasta Cerulean City y como en el gimnasio no hay nadie caminar por CeruleanŽs cape hasta donde están los entrenadores en fila. Al terminar la fila, un niño te da un nugget de regalo. Al seguir caminando la ves a Misty transando con un chico en el puente, al acercarte ella viene y te dice que para que la interrumpiste, y además pregunta por tus medallas y te dice que si sos tan bueno, te espera en el gimnasio. Antes de ir al gimnasio entrar en la casa de Bill, donde el abuelo de Bill te pide que le muestres unos Pokémon. Si se los mostras te da un regalo por cada uno. Ahora al gimnasio De Misty. Al vencerla te regala la Cascadebadge. Como para izquierda no se puede ir, volar hasta Lavander Town. Ahí entrar nuevamente a la radio, donde el mismo hombre de espaldas te pregunta si sos vos quien resolvió el problema de la planta de energia y como agradecimiento te regala la Expn. Card para poder sintonizar la radio de Kanto. En la radio de Kanto, pasan música de pokeflauta. Eso significa que hay que ir a donde esta el Snorlax en Vermilion City. Antes de eso, ir a Saffron City y pasar por la casa de Copycat ( la nena que le gusta imitar a la gente ) y ella te dice que perdió su Pokédoll favorita en Vermilion City y que si la encontrás te dará un Pass ( pase ) para el tren. Volver a Vermilion y pedirle la muñeca a uno de los chicos que están en el Pokémon Fan Club. Llevarle la muñeca a Copycat y guardar el Pass que ella te da. Ahora podes tomar el tren que va a Goldenrod City en Jhoto cuando quieras. Ahora si ir a Vermilion City y caminar hasta el Snorlax y abrir el Pokégear, Caminar hasta el Snorla y abrir el Pokégear, sintonizar la música de pokeflauta y cuando se despierte, capturarlo. Entrar en la cueva Diglett y salir del otro lado a Pewter City.Pewter City - Seafoam Islands:En la primera casa que se ve al salir de la cueva, un chico te regala un nugget. Ir hacia el centro de la ciudad y al hablar con una nena, te dice que en el Mt Moon algunas noches vienen las Clefairy a jugar. Justo a un lado del mart hay un viejo, hablar con el es muy importante por que el te da la Silver Wing ( ala plateada ) que sirve para poder ver a Lugia. Ahora ir al gimnasio de Brock y quitarle la Boulderbadge. Caminar por la ruta 2 hasta Viridian City. Al entrar al gimnasio, ves que no hay líder entonces te vas. En el mart un chico te recomienda que visites la Cinnabar Island. Al salir ves el TrainerŽs House, un lugar donde podes competir con entrenadores muy fuertes solamente una vez por día. Camina por la ruta 1hasta Pallet Town. Al pasar por el laboratorio de Oak, te dice que lo visites cuando tengas todas las medallas por que te dará un regalo. Ir hacia el agua y nadar por la ruta 21 hasta Cinnabar Island. Al llegar a Cinnabar hay un cartel que dice que el gimnasio fue movido a Seafoam Islands. Al caminar un poquito al norte, hay un chico, al hablar con el te dice que es Blue y que es el líder del gimnasio de Viridian y que si querés una batalla lo vayas a buscar a su gimnasio y luego desaparece. Nadar hasta Seafoam Island y entrar en la cueva y ganarle a Blaine la Volcanobadge. Ahora la entrada a Fuchsia City que estaba bloqueada por el derrumbe está libre, se puede pasar hasta Fuchsia. Volver volando o nadando a Viridian City y ganarle la última medalla a Blue ( Gary ). Al entrar al gimnasio, Blue te estaba esperando. Salí del gimnasio con tu Earthbadge y camina hasta el laboratorio de Oak en Pallet Town para recibir tu regalo. El regalo es que ahora podes entrar al Mt. Silver, un lugar donde se encuentran Pokemon súper fuertes. Caminar hasta Viridian y doblar a la izquierda en la ruta 22 hasta el Victory Road. Caminar y salir derecho al otro lado al Mt. Silver.Ruta 28 - Mt. Silver - Whirl Islands:Entra en el centro Pokémon y cambia de box y vacía la mochila, ya que en el monte hay montones de ítems y nuevos Pokémon. Entrar primero en la casa cerca de la puerta, en ella una mujer te da la TM 47. Luego, en la cueva y hacer que tu Pokémon haga luz para poder recorrerla. Al final de la misma, ademas de estar los pokemon mas fuertes, encontramos a Red ( Ash ). Al vencerlo, lo cual es difícil, aparecen los títulos finales otra vez. Al terminar los títulos aparecemos en la puerta del Centro Pokémon del Mt. Silver. Ahora que tenemos la Silver Wing que nos dío el viejo en Pewter City, lo próximo es agarrar a Lugia. Volar hasta Olivine City y surfear hasta la isla de arriba a la derecha. Pasar por el remolino y al entrar a la cueva y prender la luz. Caminar a la derecha y saltar la lomita, tomar el camino que sube y saltar la otra lomita y bajar la escalera. Caminar por el montecito y bajar por la otra escalera. Ir al agua y surfear y bajar por la cascada. Subir a tierra y pasar por la puerta, ir al agua de nuevo donde se lo puede ver a Lugia en nivel 70. Una vez que lo atrapas, Lo único que te queda por hacer es recorrer el Mt. Moon que está entre Pewter City y Cerulean City, para tratar de encontrar a Clafairy. Volar hasta Goldenrod y tomar el tren hasta Saffron City. Volar hasta Pewter City. Tomar la ruta 3 y pasar por todos los entrenadores. Subir y entrar en la cueva. Ahí te espera tu rival y te desafía otra vez y luego se va. Caminar a la derecha y subir la escalera. y salir al Mt Moon Square. Ahí los días lunes se las puede ver a las Clafairy bailando alegremente. El resto depende de vos. Al completar el Pokédex, ir a la mansión Celadon, ahí un tipo te regala un diploma.The EndLos Chicos De La Semana:Lunes - Monica - Ruta 40 - Sharp Beak - Aumenta los ataques aéreos.Martes - Tuscany - Ruta 29 - Pink Bow - Aumenta los ataques del tipo normal.Miércoles - Wesley - Lake of Rage - Blackbelt - Aumenta los ataques del tipo pelea.Jueves - Arthur - Ruta 36 - Hard Stone - Aumenta los ataques del tipo piedra.Viernes - Frieda - Ruta 32 - Poison Barv - Aumenta los ataques venenosos.Sábado - Santos - Blackthorn City - Spell Tag - Aumenta los ataques del tipo fantasma.Domingo - Sunny - Ruta 37 - Magnet - Aumenta los ataques eléctricos.Gimnasios y lideres de Jhoto:1) Violet City - Falkner - Tipo Volador - Pidgey 7 - Pidgeotto 92) Azalea City - Bugsy - Tipo Insecto - Metapod 14 - Kakuna 14 - Scyther 163) Goldenrod City - Whitney - Tipo Normal - Clefairy 18 - Milktank 203) Ecruteak City - Morty - Tipo Fantasma - Gastly 21 - Haunter 21 - Gengar 25 - Haunter 234) Cianwood City - Chuck - Tipo Pelea - Primeape 27 - Poliwrath 305) Olivine City - Jasmine - Tipo Metal - Magnemite 30 - Magnemite 30 - Steelix 356) Mahogany Town - Pryce - Tipo Hielo - Seel 27 - Dewgong 29 - Piloswine 317) Blackhorn City - Clair - Tipo Dragón - Dragonair 37 - Dragonair 37 - Dragonair 37 - Kingdra 40Elite Four:Will - Tipo Psiquico - Xatu 40 - Jinx 41 - Exeggutor 41 - Xatu 42 - Slowbro 42Koga - Tipo Veneno - Ariados 40 - Forretress 43 - Venomoth 41 - Muk 42 - Crobat 44Bruno - Tipo Roca - Hitmontop 42 - Onix 43 - Hitmonlee 43 - Hitmonchan 42 - Machamp 46Karen - Tipo Oscuro - Umbreon 42 - Vileplume 42 - Gengar 45 - Houndoom 47 - Murkrow 44Lance - Tipo Dragón - Gyarados 44 - Dragonite 47 - Dragonite 47 - Dragonite 50 - Aerodactyl 46 - Charizard 46Gimnasios y lideres de Kanto:Vermilion City - Lt. Surge - Tipo Eléctrico - Raichu 44 - Electrode 40 - Magneton 40 - Electrode 40 - Electabuzz 46Saffron City - Sabrina - Tipo Psíquico - Espeon 46 - Mr. Mime 46 - Alakazam 48Celadon City - Erika - Tipo Hierva - Tangela 42 - Jumpluff 41 - Victreebel 46 - Bellossom 46Fuchsia City - Janine - Tipo Veneno - Crobat 36 - Weezing 36 - Weezing 36 - Ariados 33 - Venomoth 39Cerulean City - Misty - Tipo Agua - Golduck 42 - Lapras 44 - Quagsire 42 - Starmie 47Pewter City - Brock - Tipo Roca - Graveler 41 - Onix 44 - Rhyhorn 41 - Omastar 42 - Kabutops 42Seafoam Islands - Blaine - Tipo Fuego - Magcargo 45 - Magmar 45 - Rapidash 50Viridian City - Blue - Tipo Mixto - Pidgeot 56 - Rhydon 56 - Arcanine 58 - Gyarados 58 - Exeggutor 58 - Alakazam 54Mt. Silver - Red - Tipo Mixto - Pikechu 81 - Charizard 77 - Blastoise 77 - Snorlax 75 -
              Comentario en Biografía del Universo 12: Los hadrones por jreguart        

    Hola Nahuel,

    te recomiendo la lectura del siguiente artículo en donde se completa mucho más lo poco que apunto respecto a las interioridades de neutrones y protones: https://profmattstrassler.com/articles-and-posts/particle-physics-basics/the-structure-of-matter/protons-and-neutrons/

    Como verás, en el artículo se explica cómo dentro de los nucleones se apelmazan además de los tres quarks "estandar" y los tres gluones "ligadorse" muchos más gluones y quarks de todos los tipos, surgidos de las inestabilidades cuánticas en forma de pares partícula-antipartícula, que no sólo se aniquilan de nuevo entre ellos sino que también interactúan entre ellos dando otro tipo de partículas.

    Los piones son intermediadores de la fuerza nuclear fuerte en su segunda derivada. No están dentro de los nucleones sino que su trabajo consiste en ligar protones y neutrones dentro del núcleo sin que este se desintegre por las repulsiones de las cargas positivas de los protones. Los gluones están en los nucleones pero los piones están fuera de los nucleones.

    Me alegro que te guste la serie y espero que no coja mucho peso de forma que no se nos haga muy pesada. Un saludo ¿desde dónde la distancia?


              Comentario en Biografía del Universo 12: Los hadrones por Nahuel        

    cuando dices "millones de partículas virtuales con velocidades relativistas" te refieres a los gluones que mantienen confinados a los quarks dentro del núcleo y a los piones como energía de ligadura que permiten tener relativamente cerca a pesar del rechazo que generan sus cargas iguales a los protones ?. parece que me he "ligado" con tanto pegamento , pero estoy muy contento con la serie que va tomando cada vez más "peso" jajaja . es un agrado leerte , un abrazo a la distancia.


              Comentario en Biografía del Universo 12: Los hadrones por jreguart        

    Hola Juan Carlos,

    muchas gracias a ti por tus amables palabras. Un saludo.


              Comentario en Biografía del Universo 12: Los hadrones por Juan Carlos        

    Gracias jreguart por tu esfuerzo en esta extraordinaria serie.

    Saludos


              Post 'Pala de Ip (2.777 m.) y La Moleta (2.581 m.)'        
    Autor: Javier y Martín, con fecha 26/08/2014 17:05

    <b>26 de julio de 2014.</b><br><br>Ascensión a la Pala de Ip en la divisoria entre los valles de Izas e Ip desde Coll de Ladrones (Canfranc). El pico cierra el circo de Ip por el Norte ofreciendo una panorámica detallada del mismo y un destacado mirador (similar a Collarada) sobre el Pirineo más Occidental: tresmiles del Valle de Tena, Midi, Anayet y montañas más relevantes de los Valles Occidentales. La ruta, circular, sigue el GR11 (la Pala de Ip destaca ya sobre los Campanales de Izas) hasta el desvío señalizado en un enorme bloque de roca por debajo de la Cascada Divina; asciende por zona de pastizales hasta el refugio de la vuelta de Iserías y el ibón de Iserías o de Samán; supera un contrafuerte (este) que baja de los Picos de la Tronquera y tras descender a un pequeño circo asciende hasta una marcada canal a la derecha de la Pala de Ip. Superada la canal se gana la cima por la arista. Regreso recorriendo toda la arista hasta el pico de La Moleta. Descenso hasta el inicio/fin del carretón y hasta Canfranc por el sendero de la tubería y el carretón, que zigzaguea entre la umbría del bosque sobre la Estación de Canfranc.<br><a href="http://es.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=7382667" class=enlace target=_new rel=nofollow>http://es.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=7382667</a> Ver post | Ver más blog
              The Beckoning of Nuclear War        
    SUBHEAD: A glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to our "national security" managers.

    By John Pilger on 4 August 2017 for JohnPilger.com -
    (www.johnpilger.com/articles/on-the-beach-2017-the-beckoning-of-nuclear-war)

    [IB Publisher's note: As much as Trump may not wish a nuclear exchange with Russia, he seems quite amenable to turning North Korea into an ashtray. World War III may begin in  Guam and relay to Hawaii on its way  to the US mainland. Here in Hawaii it may mean Duck and Cover!]


    Image above: Detail of original paperback cover of Nevil Shute's 1957 novel "On the Beach". From (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/267542034087528868).

    In Nevil Shute's book "On the Beach" the US submarine captain says;
    "We've all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you're never ready, because you don't know when it's coming. Well, now we do know and there's nothing to be done about it."
    He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.

    The war was over in a month. The United States, Russia and China were the protagonists. It is not clear if it was started by accident or mistake. There was no victor. The northern hemisphere is contaminated and lifeless now.

    A curtain of radioactivity is moving south towards Australia and New Zealand, southern Africa and South America. By September, the last cities, towns and villages will succumb. As in the north, most buildings will remain untouched, some illuminated by the last flickers of electric light.
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper

    These two lines from T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men appear at the beginning of Nevil Shute's novel On the Beach, which left me close to tears. The endorsements on the cover said the same.

    Published in 1957 at the height of the Cold War when too many writers were silent or cowed, it is a masterpiece. At first the language suggests a genteel relic; yet nothing I have read on nuclear war is as unyielding in its warning. No book is more urgent.

    Some readers will remember the black and white Hollywood film starring Gregory Peck as the US Navy commander who takes his submarine to Australia to await the silent, formless spectre descending on the last of the living world.

    I read On the Beach for the first time the other day, finishing it as the US Congress passed a law to wage economic war on Russia, the world's second most lethal nuclear power.  There was no justification for this insane vote, except the promise of plunder.

    The "sanctions" are aimed at Europe, too, mainly Germany, which depends on Russian natural gas and on European companies that do legitimate business with Russia. In what passed for debate on Capitol Hill, the more garrulous senators left no doubt that the embargo was designed to force Europe to import expensive American gas.

    Their main aim seems to be war - real war. No provocation as extreme can suggest anything else. They seem to crave it, even though Americans have little idea what war is. The Civil War of 1861-5 was the last on their mainland. War is what the United States does to others.

    The only nation to have used nuclear weapons against human beings, they have since destroyed scores of governments, many of them democracies, and laid to waste whole societies - the million deaths in Iraq were a fraction of the carnage in Indo-China, which President Reagan called "a noble cause" and President Obama revised as the tragedy of an "exceptional people"He was not referring to the Vietnamese.

    Filming last year at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, I overheard a National Parks Service guide lecturing a school party of young teenagers. "Listen up," he said. "We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom."

    At a stroke, the truth was inverted. No freedom was defended. Freedom was destroyed. A peasant country was invaded and millions of its people were killed, maimed, dispossessed, poisoned; 60,000 of the invaders took their own lives. Listen up, indeed.

    A lobotomy is performed on each generation. Facts are removed. History is excised and replaced by what Time magazine calls "an eternal present".

    Harold Pinter described this as "manipulation of power worldwide, while masquerading as a force for universal good, a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis [which meant] that it never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest."

    Those who call themselves liberals or tendentiously "the left" are eager participants in this manipulation, and its brainwashing, which today revert to one name: Trump.

    Trump is mad, a fascist, a dupe of Russia. He is also a gift for "liberal brains pickled in the formaldehyde of identity politics", wrote Luciana Bohne memorably. The obsession with Trump the man - not Trump as a symptom and caricature of an enduring system - beckons great danger for all of us.

    While they pursue their fossilised anti-Russia agendas, narcissistic media such as the Washington Post, the BBC and the Guardian suppress the essence of the most important political story of our time as they warmonger on a scale I cannot remember in my lifetime.

    On 3 August, in contrast to the acreage the Guardian has given to drivel that the Russians conspired with Trump (reminiscent of the far-right smearing of John Kennedy as a "Soviet agent"), the paper buried, on page 16, news that the President of the United States was forced to sign a Congressional bill declaring economic war on Russia. Unlike every other Trump signing, this was conducted in virtual secrecy and attached with a caveat from Trump himself that it was "clearly unconstitutional".

    A coup against the man in the White House is under way. This is not because he is an odious human being, but because he has consistently made clear he does not want war with Russia.

    This glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to the "national security" managers who guard a system based on war, surveillance, armaments, threats and extreme capitalism. Martin Luther King called them "the greatest purveyors of violence in the world today".

    They have encircled Russia and China with missiles and a nuclear arsenal. They have used neo-Nazis to instal an unstable, aggressive regime on Russia's "borderland" - the way through which Hitler invaded, causing the deaths of 27 million people.  Their goal is to dismember the modern Russian Federation.

    In response, "partnership" is a word used incessantly by Vladimir Putin - anything, it seems, that might halt an evangelical drive to war in the United States. Incredulity in Russia may have now turned to fear and perhaps a certain resolution. The Russians almost certainly have war-gamed nuclear counter strikes. Air-raid drills are not uncommon. Their history tells them to get ready.

    The threat is simultaneous. Russia is first, China is next. The US has just completed a huge military exercise with Australia known as Talisman Sabre. They rehearsed a blockade of the Malacca Straits and the South China Sea, through which pass China's economic lifelines.

    The admiral commanding the US Pacific fleet said that, "if required", he would nuke China. That he would say such a thing publicly in the current perfidious atmosphere begins to make fact of Nevil Shute's fiction.

    None of this is considered news. No connection is made as the bloodfest of Passchendaele a century ago is remembered. Honest reporting is no longer welcome in much of the media. Windbags, known as pundits, dominate: editors are infotainment or party line managers. Where there was once sub-editing, there is the liberation of axe-grinding clichés. Those journalists who do not comply are defenestrated.

    The urgency has plenty of precedents. In my film, The Coming War on China, John Bordne, a member of a US Air Force missile combat crew based in Okinawa, Japan, describes how in 1962 - during the Cuban missile crisis - he and his colleagues were "told to launch all the missiles" from their silos.

    Nuclear armed, the missiles were aimed at both China and Russia. A junior officer questioned this, and the order was eventually rescinded - but only after they were issued with service revolvers and ordered to shoot at others in a missile crew if they did not "stand down".

    At the height of the Cold War, the anti-communist hysteria in the United States was such that US officials who were on official business in China were accused of treason and sacked. In 1957 - the year Shute wrote On the Beach - no official in the State Department could speak the language of the world's most populous nation. Mandarin speakers were purged under strictures now echoed in the Congressional bill that has just passed, aimed at Russia.

    The bill was bipartisan. There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms "left" and "right" are meaningless. Most of America's modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats.

    When Obama left office, he presided over a record seven wars, including America's longest war and an unprecedented campaign of extrajudicial killings - murder - by drones.

    In his last year, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study, Obama, the "reluctant liberal warrior", dropped 26,171 bombs - three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day.  Having pledged to help "rid the world" of nuclear weapons, the Nobel Peace Laureate built more nuclear warheads than any president since the Cold War.

    Trump is a wimp by comparison. It was Obama - with his secretary of state Hillary Clinton at his side - who destroyed Libya as a modern state and launched the human stampede to Europe. At home, immigration groups knew him as the "deporter-in-chief".

    One of Obama's last acts as president was to sign a bill that handed a record $618billion to the Pentagon, reflecting the soaring ascendancy of fascist militarism in the governance of the United States. Trump has endorsed this.

    Buried in the detail was the establishment of a "Center for Information Analysis and Response". This is a ministry of truth. It is tasked with providing an "official narrative of facts" that will prepare us for the real possibility of nuclear war - if we allow it.


    Video above: "On the Beach" the complete 1959 movie from Nevil Shute's  novel. From (https://youtu.be/Ue8hC5qqMt4).

    .

              Corvette Museum Sinkhole... an American Sportscar Tragedy        
    So by now you have all probably heard about the Corvette Museum sinkhole in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  8 Corvette's were harmed, including two cars on loan from General Motors.  It's a dark day, indeed.  If you need to take a moment to reflect on this awful event, I completely understand.  Also, if you want to see cool security footage of the floor collapsing, do read on!
    Well, first you should probably get some context for the situation. 

    Here you can read up on the story as it was covered in the New York Times.

    Here's the ABC coverage of the event:



    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre! He writes "Matthew Gardiner directs this show with conviction and authenticity. Placing the acting front-and-center (let's face it, acting is often the forgotten component in many musical productions) Gardiner carefully crafts the scenes for maximum emotional impact, building the symphony of Arthur Laurents' script as precisely as he does Leonard Bernstein's score. It's definitely worth noting how fabulous the orchestra sounds, led by the baton of music director Jan McDaniel. Choreographer Amy Reynolds-Reed recreates the critical and iconic moments of Jerome Robbins' original staging, but adds quite a few novel and contemporary surprises without ever taking us out of the world of the play."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews MAMMA MIA at The Gateway! She writes "Briana Rapa is adorable as Sophie. An outstanding voice and a youthful quality make her a natural for the role. Donna is effortlessly and beautifully portrayed by Joan Hess. Indeed an audience favorite is Ms. Hess's lead on the iconic title song and a heart tugging rendition of "The Winner Takes It All". Also a treat is Patrick Cassidy who portrays Sam, one of the men believed to be Sophie's father. It is especially entertaining to see Mr. Cassidy share the stage with David Engel and Fred Inkley who portray Harry and Bill, respectively (the other men believed to be Sophie's father). They appear like old buddies rather than strangers."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews SOMETHING ROTTEN on tour! He writes "This is where the show really takes off and never lands. There are more funny allusions to musical shows of the next three hundred years than a retrospective at the Tony Awards. Some of them you get - Others fly on by. It is like watching an Elizabethan Henny Youngman throwing out one-liners. Their first idea for a show subject is the "Black Death." Close, but no cigar. Back to Shakespeare! The real man was a little pudgy and bald. This Shakespeare is a blond, nasty, literal rock star who presides over a rave. If this sounds a little bit like Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, you've got the idea. It is the kind of creative anachronism you enjoyed in "A Knight's Tale" with the late Heath Ledger."


    Seattle: Contributor Jay Irwin reviews CURIOUS INCIDENT at the Paramount. He writes "Director Marianne Elliott took the genius tact of staging the entire show so the audience is forced to see the world the way Christopher does with intense lights, overlapping sounds, and stylized movement making the piece a fully immersive journey into an already emotional tale. And this is where we may lose some people. I find the world they've created fascinating and revel in the innovation of it all but it's not a comfortable show. This is certainly not a happy little jaunt where you can wander through the story, these folks make you work for it and even when you think you've finally got the rhythm of the show down they make a sharp left turn to throw you off again. But if you are up for the work, the payoff is immense."


    Raleigh: Contributor Jeffrey Kare reviews BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at North Carolina Theatre. He writes "As for this production, it's got a very talented cast led by Catherine Charlebois, who perfectly captures all of the characteristics of Belle. She's spunky, funny, charismatic, and a woman who can easily stand up for herself. As the Beast (a role originated on Broadway by NCT alumni Terrence Mann), actor Ben Michael not only shows us the monster that character can be on the outside, but also the human he is on the inside. He very successfully sells the audience on the arc he goes on from selfish prince, to a real gentleman. Peter Saide steals the show as the narcissistic, yet villainous Gaston, who will stop at nothing to marry Belle. Heartfelt performances come from Ann Van Cleave as the maternal head of the castle's kitchen turned teapot, Mrs. Potts and Lamont Wade as Belle's loving, yet eccentric father, Maurice. Comedic highlights include Dirk Lumbard as the maitre turned candelabra, Lumiere; Michael Brian Dunn as the head of the castle turned mantle clock, Cogsworth; Matthew Simpkins as Gaston's bumbling sidekick, Lefou; Talia Robinson as the maid turned feather duster, Babette; and Aimee Henderson as the opera singer turned wardrobe, Madame de la Grande Bouche."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews The Muny's THE UNSINKABLE Molly Brown. He writes "Beth Malone is a self assured wonder as Molly, engaging and full of life, she brings her knowledge of the role to the stage of the MUNY and completely captures your heart with her performance. Since we view every other character through her prism, it's essential that she stands out, and Malone definitely does. Mark Kudisch fights a tug of war with Molly as her beleaguered, but supportive husband, J.J. Brown. Molly isn't typical of the times by anyone's standards, so it's a true test of love that keeps them together when that bond is strained, and it is, often. Whitney Bashor is quite good as a recent widow (there's that miner superstition coming true) Molly encounters, and Justin Guarini (Vincenzo), David Abeles (Erich), and Paolo Montalban (Arthur) contribute nicely as miners. The ensemble also does splendid work."


    Connecticut: Contributor Sherry Shameer Cohen reviews GROUNDED at Wesport Theatre. She writes "This portrait, flawlessly played by Stahlmann, is not unusual. Many soldiers suffer from PTST. The play evokes questions about that, especially since women are twice as likely to get it. How do women soldiers reconcile their ability to kill and their ability to give life? StahlmAnn Humanizes the pilot and her meltdown in a credible way. Riccardo Hernandez's simple military/industrial set design complements the dismal work conditions of the drone operators. Kate Marvin's sound design and Solomon Weisbard's lighting are perfect. But Yana Birÿkova's projections are spectacular. Kudos also to Liz Diamond for her excellent direction. This is a play that is especially timely because this year is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. military service's using clones (also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles) and the fact that the U.S. is still at war in Afghanistan after nearly 16 years. The Air Force is training more pilots for drones than for conventional aircraft. As of mid-2016, there have been an estimated 4,189 militants and 479 civilians killed by drones."


    Central NY: Contrinutor Natasha Ashley reviews AMERICAN IDIOT at the Centreal NY Playhouse. She writes "The set is not the only strong element though. Let's discuss the dancing and music. The production features high energy choreography by Sami Hoerner which consisted mostly of moshing, a type of dance that is commonly seen at punk rock live music show. It, along with the music performed by a talented orchestra under the direction of Abel Searor, helped fuel the electric atmosphere. Together, they offer a headbanging good time, but unfortunately, at times the sound design/mixing work by Robert Searle (Sound Designer) and Dusten Blake (Sound Mixer) made it hard to hear and/or understand the lyrics in various musical numbers.:


    Baltimore: Contributor Charles Shubow reviews THE KING AND I on tour at the Kennedy Centre. He writes "The hit musical has been revived four times on Broadway. The latest incarnation was the Lincoln Center Theatre production in 1995 which garnered four Tony Awards starring Kelli O'Hara in the leading role of Anna and the DC production is based on that success with about 1/3 of the Lincoln Center cast still involved and has a total of 37 actors on stage. "Anna" is now played by lovely Laura Michele Kelly who I listen to almost every day on the CD of the hit musical FINDING NEVERLAND. Kelly is just plain marvelous."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Ronn Burton
    Oklahoma Contributing Editor

    Ronn Burton splits his time between NYC and OKC working as an actor, filmmaker, and director. Selected credits... ACTOR: TV/Film: Celebrity Ghost Stories, Enchantments. Off-Broadway/New York Theatre: Carnegie Hall concerts with Kelli O'Hara and Stephen Sondheim, Iron Curtain, Wonderful Town, The House of Blue Leaves, Marat/Sade, Angelina Ballerina the Musical. Regional Theatre: Red, Dog Sees God, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Little Women, The Last Five Years, Rent, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hello, Dolly! DIRECTOR: Stage: The Agony and The Agony, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Hello Again; Film: Encounters, Abandon, and the firsr live webseries Watch Us Fail. Follow him @RonnBurton.


    Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


              Buy quality A-PVP,mdma,mdpv,methylone,lefetamine,ketamine,butylone,4mec,4 aco dmt, pentedrone ,penty        
    Buy quality A-PVP,mdma,mdpv,methylone,lefetamine,ketamine,butylone,4mec,4 aco dmt, pentedrone ,pentylone ,ethylone Contact our online consultant at smokeyschemsite@yahoo.com
              Buy quality A-PVP,mdma,mdpv,methylone,lefetamine,ketamine,butylone,4mec,4 aco dmt, pentedrone ,penty (Vancouver )        
    We sell and we're reliable suppliers of quality research chemicals..we have in-stock products such as A-PVP,crystal meth(methamphetaminea), ketamine,,mephedrone,Mdma, methylone, ,MDPV,MDMA crystals,other related products. we sell in small quantiti...
              live: Troller & SURVIVE        
    Billy Drones


    "It came from Austin" seems like an applicable phrase to describe the Alan Howarth-esque sensibilities of Adam Jones, a dominant force in the current Austin scene, who happens to play in a number of groups, including SURVIVE, Troller, Thousand Foot Whale Claw and probably a few more I'm unaware of. The whole "It came from..." element may feel reminiscent of B-movie trailers and posters from VHS rental spots, and that wouldn't be far off from the reality, except grounding the music of Troller & SURVIVE in nostalgia would be dually wrong and negligent of the primitive futurism beholden in the tunes. Melancholic darkness rides high, as does a preternatural sense of melody, often degraded into the mix, yet fully aware in headspace. I once played my Mom some SURVIVE in the car over holiday and she thought it was scary, but also liked the synth movements, which is weird, as I just expected the music to fly high over her head without any thought as to what she was actually hearing. But that wasn't the case, as the depth of the tunes is so apparent, it's hard to ignore. Such is the wonder in these two live sets recently posted to Swamp Donkey's SoundCloud. Massively cloudy, wholly erotic, and Mariana's deep. Also, stay tuned for a Thousand Foot Whale Claw tape on TCC very, very soon.

    Troller by swamp donkey
    SURVIVE by swamp donkey
              Commercial flying ‘never safer’        
    A 10-year analysis of air accidents reveals good news for most passengers but worrying trends in training and drones.
              Ladrones y acción en Takers        

    Takers es una nueva cinta del género “ladrones organizados”. Desde “La gran estafa” hemos visto desfilar innumerables películas de este tipo, incluyendo

    The post Ladrones y acción en Takers appeared first on VamosAlCine.es.


              FAA Online Map system and UAS Facility Maps for Airports        
    The FAA on April 27 began publishing electronic maps for airports across the country that detail where and at what altitudes remote pilots may hope to achieve clearance (Part 107 authorization) to fly unmanned aircraft in certain types of controlled airspace. The maps will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace […]
              Wifi Beginner Drone Quadcopter (Camera Equipped!) $28.55        

    This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy to learn more. Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.   Amazon just dropped the price on this Wifi Beginner Camera Equipped Drone Quadcopter to $28.55 when you use the code 2Z99HADW at checkout, which is by far the lowest price […]

    The post Wifi Beginner Drone Quadcopter (Camera Equipped!) $28.55 appeared first on Passionate Penny Pincher.


              95% Death Penalty Support by Capital Murder Survivors        
    95% Death Penalty Support by Loved Ones of Capital Murder Victims
    Dudley Sharp

    (March 2015) Poll by Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate found:

    90% of victims' family members support the death penalty. 94% said the imposed death sentence should be carried out. (1)

    Any state could, easily, do the same poll. I hope they do.

    I don't know if this was a poll of all crime victims and their survivors or only death penalty eligible cases, which would, likely, produce the highest support.

    Oklahoma City Bombing case and the 9/11 terrorism attacks:

     Oklahoma City Bombing case:

    I am aware of 4 murder victim survivors who opposed Timothy McVeigh's execution.

    That is 4 out of 1680 (10 times 168 murder victims) (2), or 0.2% opposed to execution.

    Way under 5%, which would require 84 death penalty opponents, using my method (2).

    9/11 terrorism attacks:

    I am aware of 3 of the nearly 30,000 9/11 murder victim's loved ones who opposed either Bin Laden's death or those killed in drone strikes who were connected to 9/11 or who have voiced any opposition to a death penalty for any other 9/11 conspirators.

    That is 0.01% opposed.

    5% would be 1500.  I have only found 3.

    Methodology

    Sadly, these two mass murders were so huge, it presented this opportunity to see what developed with a media that is always interested to find and publicize murder victim survivors who oppose the death penalty, specifically, in death penalty eligible cases.

    When there are death penalty opponents whose loved ones were murdered in highly publicized cases,  the media jumps all over them.

    I do my own google search for them, periodically, as well as inquire within the crime victim community.

    When I get to 84 and 1500, respectively, I will re calculate. Likely, that will not be necessary.

    1)"Widow of slain policeman adamant in support of death penalty', ReadingEagle.com, December 13, 2015

    2) I multiplied every murder victim times 10 to arrive at the number of close loved ones per murder victim.

              It's About Time -- Of Course . . .        
    What could be more timely . . . the spring ahead time change. It kinda snuck up on us this time. We thought that we had a few more weeks. We have noticed that it is staying light later each day and the mornings are bright and sunny as well. After tomorrow it will be a bit darker when we get up, but we always get used to it after a few days. The evening light will be nice.



    It is really about time, in fact it is almost spring, which arrives in less than two weeks. This week, here in Sonoma County it seems like spring. There are trees and flowers in bloom, the birds are active and the sounds of baseball are beginning to be a daily thing out back of our yard.

    We actually almost walked over to watch the baseball events, but decided to wait until we see some uniformed players -- that should be coming very soon.

    We can't forget that tonight at bedtime we need to change at least some of our clocks forward by one hour. Some of our clocks are controlled by the satellite and/or computer so they don't need to be manually changed. Still others do need to be changed . . .


    TV programming lately for us has been sparse except for this week we have watched one of the new season nine episodes of WDYTYA.

    Courteney Cox was the first featured celebrity to have genealogical results shared with her and with us the viewers, last Sunday night.

    Courteney, it turns out has a long line of British Royalty that she connects with and in very interesting ways.

    It would be so nice to be able to show a family tree that identifies real ancestors, Royal or not Royal.
    Her family tree is proven back to the tenth or eleventh century, maybe earlier even. I have been able to show the HILES line almost through the seventeenth century.

    For Gail's side, on one line we can go back almost as far as Courteney's line. We keep hoping to expand other lines also.

    This Sunday night on TLC's WDYTYA, they are featuring Julie Bowen and they promise to have some shocking revelations about her family -- always sounds interesting to me.

    Unfortunately, always hanging over my head is the dreaded tax return for the current year.

    Just this last week, when I actually decided to mean business and gather all our "stuff" and put this thing to rest, we see that we did not have everything that we needed and had to send for the info.

    It is a good and bad thing in that, I can put off  for about another seven days (snail mail) attempting to finish.

    The bad thing is that I won't have any excuses when the needed documents do show up . . .

    We'll face that when it happens. The simplification of the tax system can't come fast enough -- though as we have said before -- "be careful for what you wish" . . .




    But even though I have the "tax stuff" going on, everyday I try to work on some aspect of the family tree.

    This helps me be grounded and energized as I lose myself climbing through the branches.

    I have found a lot of interesting people and things and facts, just not so much that I feel worthy of reporting about, though it is all put into the tree.

    I'm constantly amazed at the branches that I find and the fact that so many different surnames are surprisingly related to us.

    In the tree that I have on Ancestry.com there are two people short of 15,000 today. That may even change later today if I need "grounding" . . .

    We still read throughout the day and every night before drifting off to dreamland. Some books on the nightstand cause us to drift off earlier than others:


    Last night we just finished "The Year of Living Danishly" and we are both happy about that. While the book was very interesting and humorous, we think we could have done with about six months or so.

    We did learn a lot about Danish life and it is safe to say that we don't feel that we could stand some of the lifestyle -- e.g. the winter months, when cold and darkness prevail and folks remain inside their homes for huge periods of time.

    Tonight, we will start reading "The Stranger in my Genes" by Bill Griffeth. It is about the results of DNA revealing just who is in their family tree -- so we look forward to finding that out.

    Prior to "Danishly" we read "The Dash", "The Cozy Life" and "Silent Legacy", all fascinating in their own ways. We are doing are best to keep those "Amazon" delivery services -- soon to be drones, maybe -- active.

    One thing we can say for sure from our perspective:


    We think that it is "normal" to find the many circumstances and the varied types of folks in a family tree, making it then, normal . . . that makes sense, right?

    That is a bit of our week. See you all "in a few"!















              Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision for putting him in Call of Duty        
    Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops II

    The studios behind the Call of Duty series may have garnered some extra sales by putting real people into their over-the-top shooters, but it looks like that strategy could land them in court. Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has sued the games' publisher, Activision, for using his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II without his permission. He argues that he's entitled to damages because his presence both violated his publicity rights and helped "heighten realism," leading to added profits that should have been his.

    Via: BBC

    Source: Courthouse News Service


              Airlift: This Lucknow company is planning to deliver food using drones        

              The Down East Journal (04/11/14)        
    This week on the Down East Journal, State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes tells us about the future of drone technology in North Carolina and how drones could be used by law enforcement, in hurricane recovery and agriculture. And, a former reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News steps into the world of crime fiction with book one in a series featuring a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent based at Camp Lejeune . More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
              Comment on "How the World May End", by John Pilger        
    Couldn't agree more. Western consumer drones, I suspect, understand that on subconscious level. At the same time why would an average Chinese (or Russian....) drone...I mean citizen....be any different if they were in that position of "power and plunder"? In their case, at the moment, I suspect, it's not "that's wrong", but "we want to...
              BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Drone footage of travellers on Blackburn fields near cemetery        
    TRAVELLERS have moved off fields near a Blackburn cemetery.
              Fantastic Plastic (Deluxe Version)        

    Artist: Lee Bannon

    More on Lee Bannon : plugresearch.com/leebannon

    Tracklist :
    1 Fantastic Plastic (feat. Yu)
    2 Peaces
    3 Phone Drone
    4 Grey
    5 Search & Destroy (feat. Chuck Inglish)
    6 PG&E (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien & Sol)
    7 In Color (feat. Poor)
    8 Shout Out to Bannon (In Color) [feat. Down Town James Brown]
    9 Lord Gnarlon (feat. Down Town James Brown)
    10 Plastic Man (feat. Chuuwee)
    11 Space Glide
    12 The Things (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien)
    13 The Noise in Color
    14 A Fantastic Good Bye
    15 Fantastic Knowledge
    16 The News (feat. MED, Oh No & Roc C) [Bonus Track]

    CD: $9.99 | Vinyl: 15$ | Buy on Itunes

              Matan uno de los ladrones que atracaron mensajero en el parqueo del banco de reservas        
    none
              Rare New Zealand abstract/experimental sampler, rec. 1979-1985        

    Mrs Blucher likes:
    A sampler of rare New Zealand abstract/experimental independent music.
    Originally recorded 1979-1985.
    Featuring tracks by Graham Sinclair, Coalition Broadcasting Corp., Steve Roach, The Bad Dexters', The Picnic Boys.



    And more synth/oddities, more post-punk/DIY perhaps... from the same artists and including Rome



    More info and tracklisting:
    www.lingering.co.nz/pages/making-airplane-noise

              El despiadado linchamiento del suicida del ISIS por las Fuerzas de Reacción Rápida iraquíes        

    Las Fuerzas del Servicio Antiterrorista y unidades de élite de Respuesta Rápida del Ministerio del Interior iraquí, siguen con sus ejecuciones sumarias en la ciudad de Mosul, en manos de los yihadistas del ISIS desde julio de 2014. El Ejército iraquí avanza mientras tanto en su ofensiva para recuperar el control completo de la ciudad,  donde cerca de 245.000 desplazados son esperados ya por parte de la ONU, otras organizaciones internacionales y el Gobierno iraquí, que ya han comenzado los preparativos para recibirlos. (El vídeo de la atroz tortura y muerte de tres llorones del ISIS... ¡que cabrea a la ONU!).

    Este jueves 23 de febrero de 2017, las citadas tropas, apoyadas con aviones, drones y helicópteros de combate -operación aérea la ha llevado a cabo aviones de la coalición internacional, que encabeza EEUU-, han arrebatado el control del aeropuerto del principal bastión del grupo terrorista después de varias horas de duros combates. ([VÍDEO X] El atroz matadero iraquí donde apilan cadáveres de los yihadistas del ISIS).

    Las fuerzas de reacción rápida de la Policía Federal, se vengaban mientras tanto de los miembros del ISIS en la zona oeste, donde capturaron a un joven que pretendía inmolarse. Así, según recoge el brutal vídeo que acompaña a estas lineas, lo arrastraron dándole de golpes por las calles, paa acribillarlo después a balazos.

    Por otra parte, y según ha informado el comandante de la policía, Shaker Yauda, las tropas iraquíes también han alcanzado las puertas del cuartel Al Gazlani, situado en las cercanías del estratégico aeródromo y se han hecho con el control del barrio de Tel al Rayan, uno de los dos distritos que el ejército ha asaltado este jueves.

    El comandante ha detallado que tanto las pistas, como los vestíbulos y los alrededores de las instalaciones están ya en manos de las fuerzas gubernamentales y ha señalado que en los combates por la toma del aeródromo han muerto 30 yihadistas y doce fueron capturados, entre ellos algunos occidentales. ([VÍDEO X] Así decapitan a un cejudo asesino del ISIS las descocadas milicias chiíe).

    El aeropuerto está ubicado en el acceso sur de Mosul, cerca de la orilla occidental del río Tigris, que divide la ciudad en dos mitades. Las maniobras militares en esta parte de la urbe comenzaron el pasado domingo, pero hasta ahora los militares se habían limitado a liberar ocho pueblos en los alrededores de la ciudad y a cortar las carreteras que unen Mosul con Siria, donde se encuentra Al Raqa, la capital de su autoproclamado califato.

    Quinto día de ofensiva

    El Ejército iraquí comenzó el asalto del casco urbano del oeste de Mosul con una amplia ofensiva contra el aeropuerto, situado en el suroeste de la localidad, y los barrios de Tel al Ramán y de Al Maamun. Estas operaciones coinciden con el quinto día del arranque de la ofensiva para liberar la parte occidental de la ciudad, se trata de la tercera fase de la Batalla de Mosul, cuyos barrios orientales, fueron liberados el pasado enero.

    Además, las unidades de las fuerzas regulares asaltaron una fábrica de azúcar y las zona donde se ubican las residencias de los trabajadores. El objetivo de los militares en la primera fase de la ofensiva era aislar completamente a los terroristas y cortarles los suministros.


              GDI Soldier Journel Entry 1        
    March 22nd, 2050 Somewhere in South Africa It seems as if the fight with the scrin will never come to a halt, they are relentless. Even though we managed to destroy there towers - they just keep attacking with there current troops and production facilties, it seems as soon as we destroy an alien drone ship - a new one arises. Our platoon has been scouting the african redzone the past 2 weeks trying to find a scrin base, our satalites are down, and any planes we send get destroyed before they can report, so we have to do the scouting the old fashioned way. We have been dodging scrin patrols for the last few hours, just managed to get them off our tracks. We tried following a shock trooper squad back to the base to make life easier, but then they used the god-forbidden blink packs and were gone in an instant. Our supplies are running low, same with our powerpacks on our jumpjets. We only have 2 days worth of food and water left, and the jumpjets can only take a few more hits. All batteries for these suits are capable of jumping 2 more times after the battery is depleted, but if we use that, it will trash the jets forever due to overusage. At the current rate, I am not sure we will ever manage to find this scrin base. Well, if we don't make it home and someone finds this. Tell my family that I love them and that I died fighting for what I believe in. Sgt. Frederick Meyers 39th Zone Trooper Division
              Minions Flip Flop Arena - 10,47 €         
    thumb

    A completare la nuova collezione Minions Collection by Arena, non potevano di certo mancare le junior flip flop, delle simpatiche infradito da utilizzare al mare o in piscina per tutti gli amanti dei famosi omini gialli e delle loro avventure alla ricerca del padrone più cattivo al mondo.


              FirstNet: Putting Lifesaving Technologies into the Hands of Heroes        
    FirstNet is putting 21st century, lifesaving technology into the hands of American heroes – America’s first responders.

    In connection with American Heroes Week (July 24—28, 2017), the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight its own American heroes and the important role Commerce agencies play in serving and protecting American communities.  

    Right now, an area the size of New York City is ablaze in western Montana. The Lodgepole Complex fire has grown to encompass more than 250,000 acres. Although it is the largest fire, it is only one of 19 currently burning across the state in what has been a particularly intense fire season.

    Pushing hard through intense heat, danger and exhaustion are firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other first responders – brave women and men doing everything in their power to protect citizens, homes, livestock and land. These first responders dedicate their lives to protecting communities across our nation and are true America’s heroes. And the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent agency within the Department of Commerce, is working to equip them with the lifesaving, 21st-century communication technology they need to do their jobs.

    Why FirstNet?

    Today, in emergencies and at large events, heavy public cell phone use can lead to wireless communications networks becoming overloaded and inaccessible. In those instances, public safety users are treated the same as any other commercial or enterprise user – meaning they can’t use their cell phones or wireless communication equipment when they need it the most. That’s where FirstNet comes in.

    When Congress created FirstNet in 2012, it began fulfilling a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to provide first responders with a secure, dedicated high-speed network that is available to first responders when and where they respond.

    A “fast lane” for public safety communications

    With FirstNet, public safety will get a dedicated “fast lane” that provides highly secure communications every day and for every emergency. FirstNet will deliver specialized features to public safety that are not available on wireless networks today including priority access, more network capacity, and a resilient and hardened connection. With FirstNet, first responders also will have access to devices connecting them to innovative, life-saving technologies.

    For those fire fighters in Montana, and for first responders across the nation, FirstNet can provide vital technologies, tools and services during emergencies, such as:

    • Applications that allow first responders to reliably share videos, text messages, photos and other information during incidents in near real-time;
    • Advanced capabilities like camera-equipped drones and robots that can deliver images of wildfires, floods or other events;
    • Improved location services to help with mapping capabilities during rescue and recovery operations;
    • Wearables that could relay biometric data of a patient to the hospital or alert when a first responder is in distress.

    A vital tool for our nation’s heroes

    As Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross noted when he announced FirstNet’s selection of AT&T as its network partner: “FirstNet is a critical infrastructure project that will give our first responders the communications tools they need to keep America safe and secure.”

    As the network deploys this year, it will provide the American heroes of the public safety community the powerful, dedicated communications network they need to do their jobs– now and in the future.

    Learn more at FirstNet.gov


              2012 Natural Beekeeping Conference        

    The 2012 Natural Beekeeping Conference was held at Emerson College, East Sussex over the second weekend in August. 

    This is the first podcast from the conference, featuring the opening keynote address by Phil Chandler. This blog http://beesontoast.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-importance-of-being-drone.html supports the content of the speech with a more detailed argument.


              Beatrix Potter Syndrome        

    When trying to understand something new, we automatically look for parallels in our previous experience: we seek examples from the familiar in order to better understand the unfamiliar. Often, this can be helpful, as when we learn a new language and we draw on our knowledge of another language with a common root.

    Unfortunately, this strategy can also take us down a path that leads not to greater understanding, but to the confusion of fact with conditioned thought and to a form of distorted vision.

    This can readily be observed in the interpretation of animal behaviour by reference to human behaviour, which is one form of what we call anthropomorphism. Myths and fables and children's tales are so suffused with the granting of human values and character traits to animals that it is hard to think of a creature that has not, in our imaginations, been stereotyped and imprinted with characteristics ascribed to it by someone with a particular point to make, or axe to grind. Thus the fox is 'wily and cunning'; the dog is 'faithful and obedient'; the elephant is a 'gentle giant' and the snake is 'sneaky and deceitful'. Aesop probably started the trend, but I prefer to call it the 'Beatrix Potter Syndrome', in recognition of her influence on the developing minds of 20th-century children, of whom I was one.

    Beatrix Potter was an accomplished illustrator and observer of nature, who, had she been born a century later, may well have had a distinguished career in science. Sadly, she is now only remembered for her children's books depicting animals in human clothing who walk on their hind legs. From her stories, a direct line can be drawn to the emotionally charged portrayals of animals in many Disney films, while the brutal reality of the lives of wild animals is hidden beneath a veil of sugary sentimentality.

    Potter's assignation of human attributes and behaviour to animals is only one form of anthropomorphism. There are at least two other ways in which we routinely corrupt our understanding of the non-human world by our choice of language: the use of words to name or describe an animal and the description of animal behaviour in human terms.

    We can draw examples from the world of bees to illustrate both of these phenomena.

    When we label the egg-laying mother of the colony as 'queen' bee, we impose on her by implication all the meaning with which that English word is loaded. Thus we may expect to find her as a monarch in charge of the colony, issuing orders and, perhaps, punishments for infringements of 'colony law'. The term 'queen bee' has passed back into the English language as a description of a woman with a controlling and manipulate nature, who likes to have people around her to serve her needs and give her attention. This reinforces the popular but inappropriate picture of a real 'queen' bee, which should really be more accurately thought of as the egg-laying servant of the colony and certainly not its ruler. While the queen bee does indeed have a retinue of attendants to feed and groom her, it is they who lead her around and prepare places for her to lay. When she begins to show any signs of a decline in her ability to provide eggs, she will be superseded, ignored and left to starve.

    Likewise the male bee, or drone, which has inherited the popular meaning of its name as a parasitic loafer, or one who lives off the labours of others. While the male bees do no obvious and visible work compared to their sometimes hyper-active sisters, we know remarkably little about their day-to-day activities due to the comparatively small amount of research that has been conducted on them. I suggest it is highly improbable that a colony would deliberately encumber itself with a 'useless' 10-15% of its population at a time when gathering food is its primary concern. Simply because we have so far failed to study them with due care does not entitle us to label them as 'surplus to requirements', which is how they are regarded by most conventional beekeepers. In fact, research by Juergen Tautz at Wurtzburg University has shown that drones may indeed have hitherto unsuspected duties within the hive and may well have functions in the outside world that have so far eluded detection. As long ago as 1852, Moses Quinby (Mysteries of Beekeeping Explained) suggested that drones would likely have functions beyond mating with a queen, perhaps including helping to keep the brood warm. R.O.B.Manley noted that his best honey-producing hives generally had "a large number of drones" (Honey Farming, 1947).

    When we come to bee behaviour, so much of it is alien to us that we struggle to make sense of it, so it is not surprising that we resort to attempts to explain aspects of their world in human terms. We talk freely of bees foraging for food, scouting for a nest site, communicating by means of the 'waggle dance', defending their home, mating and carrying out their dead because these are all activities that we can easily relate to and make practical sense in terms of day-to-day survival in a colony.

    What is perhaps more surprising - and infinitely less helpful - is when people concoct mystical 'explanations' derived entirely from their imaginations and pass them on as if they had some scientific validity or foundation in fact.

    Myths and legends, populated by gods and heroes, are poetic allegories through which we have conveyed information - both oral and written - from generation to generation and thus gained some understanding of our cultural history. Many myths are anthropomorphic in their personification of natural phenomena, but as long as we understand their origins and true nature, we can learn from them without confusing their content with objective reality.

    However, as our scientific understanding of the natural world grew rapidly throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there was a parallel growth of popular interest in such things as clairvoyance, telekinesis, telepathy, reincarnation, ghosts, out-of-body experiences and suchlike para-psychological phenomena that appear not to be subject to the known laws of physics, chemistry or biology. Despite the lack of verifiable evidence for such phenomena, they appear to occupy a nether region that stubbornly persists in popular culture.

    In the context of this article, the consideration of whether or not such phenomena really exist is less relevant than the fact that they have, since Victorian times at least, been routinely presented as if they were genuine by people with a considerably greater talent for showmanship than for scientific rigour. Demonstrations of 'manifestations from the spirit world' were fashionable in late nineteenth century society, while Ouija boards and 'table-tipping' have floated in and out of fashion almost to the present day, despite the efforts of rationalists such as James Randi and Derren Brown to expose the trickery behind them. Variations on the 'clairvoyance' theme have been around at least since the days of the Delphic Oracle - probably the first example of a tourist industry built around a mystical cult - and show no signs of losing popularity, despite various myth-busting public exposures of fraud and trickery.

    Rudolf Steiner, in his lectures on bees, delivered in November and December of 1923 at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, sought to interpret the world of bees by means of 'Anthroposophy', a Christianized, version of the mystical 19th century eastern-derived 'religious philosophy' of Theosophy, whose best-known proponent, Helena Blavatsky, was also a performing clairvoyant. Both Steiner and Blavatsky claimed to derive their occult knowledge from outside the material world, by a process that would nowadays be called 'channeling'.

    Steiner believed that mankind had existed on Earth - although not necessarily in material form - since its creation, and that bees (as well as other animals) were created for our benefit. This chronological reversal of the truth as revealed by fossil evidence - bees having certainly been around for more than 100 million years before Homo sapiens - sets the scene for further dubious assertions, such as when he talks of embryonic queens "giving off light" that somehow causes a colony to swarm from "fear that 'it no longer possesses the bee poison".

    Anyone unfamiliar with Steiner's idiosyncratic cosmology and his other writings about the supposed history of the Earth may be surprised by passages such as:

    "Our earth was once in a condition of which one could say that it was surrounded by clouds that had plant-life within them; from the periphery, other clouds approached and fertilised them; these clouds had an animal nature. From cosmic spaces came the animal nature; from the earth the essence of plant-being rose upwards." (Lecture VIII)

    Back in the world of bees, Steiner makes much of the 21-day gestation period of a worker bee as being equivalent to "a single rotation of the sun on its axis" (Lecture II), apparently unaware that the equatorial regions of the sun perform a single rotation in 25.6 days, while polar regions rotate once in about 36 days (NASA).

    He goes on to say that 'the drone is thus an earthly being' (because its completion takes longer than the sun's rotation - which in fact, as we now know, it does not).

    He further elaborates on this thesis:

    "The drones are the males; they can fertilize; this power of fertilization comes from the earth; the drones acquire it in the few days during which they continue their growth within the earth-evolution and before they reach maturity. So we can now say: in the bees it is clearly to be seen that fertilization (male fecundation) comes from the earthly forces, and the female capacity to develop the egg comes from the forces of the Sun. So you see, you can easily imagine how significant is the length of time during which a creature develops. This is very important for, naturally, something happens within a definite time which could not occur in either a shorter or a longer time, for then quite other things would happen."

    As happens numerous times in the Lectures, Steiner makes a statement that is demonstrably erroneous, and then goes on to elaborate a sequence of specious arguments from it, which, being derived from false premises, must inevitably lead to false conclusions.

    It would be tedious to cite every instance where Steiner is obfuscatory, unnecessarily mystical or just plain wrong. Suffice to say that, while not being totally devoid of interest, his Lectures are about as useful a source of insights into bees as a medieval book of medicinal herbs would be for conducting modern surgery. Indeed, Steiner even betrays his lack of basic understanding of the functions of the human body (Lecture VII) in saying that:

    "...it is represented as though the heart were a kind of pump, and that this pumping of the heart sends the blood all over the body. This is nonsense, because it is in reality the blood which is brought into motion by the ego-organization, and moves throughout the body."

    However, Steiner does make some non-mystical statements that must be considered, as they at least fall into alignment with observable reality. He warns against pushing bees for over-production, drawing a parallel with the dairy industry (Lecture V); he emphasizes that "... the bee-colony is a totality. It must be seen as a totality." (Lecture V); The one much-vaunted but often mis-quoted, 'prediction' made by Steiner, usually misrepresented as a 'prophesy' of the general demise of bees, amounts to a rather mild criticism of the then relatively new practice of artificial insemination: "...we must see how things will be in fifty to eighty years time...".

    Right at the end of the final Lecture, we find clear evidence that Steiner's view of nature is actually highly anthropocentric:

    'Thus we can say: When we observe things in the right way, we see how the processes of Nature are actually images and symbols of what happens in human life. These men of olden times watched the birds on the juniper trees with the same love with which we look at the little cakes and gifts on the Christmas tree. "...I have therefore spoken of the juniper tree which can truly be regarded as a kind of Christmas tree, and which is the same for the birds as the blossoms for the bees, the wood for the ants, and for the wood-bees and insects in general."

    And so Steiner's personal mysticism, as well as his sentimentality, turns out to have a large component of anthropomorphism lurking within it.

    Having reached this point in our analysis, we have to consider what is left to us: what would be a legitimate methodology for the study of bees, that would be free from the elephant traps of anthropocentrism, anthropomorphism, sentimentality and mysticism, yet can encompass the sense experienced by many who come into contact with bees that there is 'something else' present, beyond the purely material?

    A rationalist would say, 'observe without interpretation: see what is there and describe it as accurately as possible, but without overlaying it with meaning. Be true to observable reality'.

    And yet, many people report some kind of transcendental experience in the presence of bees en masse, so are their reports to be written off as mere whimsy?

    Speaking from my own experience, I can say that while working with bees and maintaining a calm, unhurried demeanour, I have had moments of inner peace akin to that I have also experienced while meditating or engaging in certain martial arts practices that aim to 'still the mind'. Having one's unprotected hands in a hive containing 50,000 fully-armed bees has a way of focusing the mind very much in the moment, while any deviation from the 'now' is likely to be punished more rapidly and more severely than by a Zen master's staff.

    Being present 'in the moment' is a rarer - and thus more precious - experience for the 21st-century Twitter-dweller than for our ancestors. For the opportunity to experience that sense of timelessness in the company of a wild creature so many millennia our senior is a privilege that beekeepers should celebrate and cherish.

    Mysticism has had its day. We are grown-ups now: we have seen the atom bomb and the double helix and we need to come to terms with objective reality in all its wonderful forms without ascribing all phenomena just beyond our understanding to the work of gods, aliens, faeries or gnomes. We can appreciate nature without projecting our aspirations or values onto it. We can observe without always needing to know the 'hidden meaning' of what we see hear, smell and taste. We can be elevated by what is around us and enjoy all the sensations available in this remarkable, natural world. We can even compose poems and songs, myths and fables to entertain us and our children, but we no longer need to sit at the feet of all-too-mortal men who exert power over the ignorant by interposing themselves between us and authentic experience of the mysteries of life.

    Philip Chandler



    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6814638


              droneinsurances.com Make Offer        
    Price: Make Offer
    Traffic: --
    Domain Language: --
              The Future of AI: Redefining How We Imagine        

    FICO 25 years of AI and machine learning logo

    To commemorate the silver jubilee of FICO’s use of artificial intelligence and machine learning, we asked FICO employees a question: What does the future of AI look like? The post below is one of the thought-provoking responses, from Sadat Nazrul, an analytic scientist at FICO, working in San Diego.

    Looking at the next 20 years, I see us moving well beyond the productivity enhancements AI has brought about so far. With the advent of AI, we will be seeing a renaissance in our own personal lives as well as society as a whole.

    Healthcare

    Today, our gadgets have the ability to monitor the number of steps we take, the rate of our heart beat, as well as the contents of our sweat. All this rich information allows a team of doctors, engineers and analysts to monitor our well-being and to maintain our peak performance. Similarly, with innovations in genomic sequencing and neural mapping passing FDA trials, we will soon be seeing huge leaps in the field of personalized medicine. AI will help us understand individual physiological needs in order to come up with customized prescriptions and improve our overall health standards.

    Cognitive Abilities

    People are keen to improve cognition. Who wouldn’t want to remember names and faces better, to be able more quickly to grasp difficult abstract ideas, and to be able to “see connections” better? Who would seriously object to being able to appreciate music at a deeper level?

    The value of optimal cognitive functioning is so obvious that to elaborate the point may be unnecessary. Today we express ourselves through art, movies, music, blogs, and a wide range of social media applications. In the field of image recognition, AI can already “see” better than we can by observing far more than the RGB. Virtual Reality allows us to feel as though we have teleported to another world. New idioms of data visualization and Dimensionality Reduction algorithms are always being produced for us to better experience the world around us.

    We are constantly trying to enhance our 5 senses to go beyond our human limits. 10 years from now, these innovations, coupled with IoT gadgets, will act as extensions of who we are and help us experience our surroundings more profoundly.

    Emotional Intelligence

    Just as we enhance our 5 cognitive senses, so too do we enhance our ability to express ourselves and to understand those around us.

    Many times, we don’t even know what we want. We strive to connect with those around us in a specific way or consume a particular product, just so we could feel a very unique emotion that we fail to describe. We feel much more than just happiness, sadness, anger, anxiety or fear. Our emotions are a complex combinations of all of the above.

    With the innovations in neural mapping, we will better understand who we are as human beings and better understand the myriad emotional states that we can attain. Our complex emotional modes will be better understood as we perform unsupervised learning on brain waves and help find innovative ways to improve our emotional intelligence. This would include both understanding our own emotions and being more sensitive towards those around us.

    Perhaps we can unlock new emotions that we have never experienced before. In the right hands, AI can act as our extensions to help us form meaningful bonds with the people we value in our lives.

    Experience and Imagination

    The effect of AI on our experience and imagination would result from an aggregate of better cognitive abilities and emotional intelligence. The latest innovations in AI may help us unlock new cognitive experiences and emotional states.

    Let’s imagine that the modes of experience we have today is represented in space X. 10 years from now, let’s say that the modes of experience are represented in space Y. The space Y will be significantly bigger than space X. This futuristic space of Y may have access to new types of emotions other than our conventional happy, sad and mad. This new space of Y can even allow us to comprehend abstract thoughts that reflect what we wish to express more accurately.

    This new space of Y can actually unlock a new world of possibilities that lies beyond our current imagination. The people of the future will think, feel and experience the world at a much richer degree than we can today.

    Communication

    10 years ago, most of our communication were restricted to phones and emails. Today, we have access to video conferences, Virtual Reality and a wide array of applications on social media. As we enhance our cognitive abilities and emotional intelligence, we can express ourselves through idioms of far greater resolution and lower levels of abstractions.

    We already have students from the University of Florida achieving control of drones using nothing but the mind. We even have access to vibrating gaming consoles that take advantage of our sense of touch for making that Mario Kart game that much more realistic. 10 years from now, the way we communicate with each other will be much deeper and more expressive than today. If we are hopeful enough, we might even catch a glimpse of the holograms of Star Wars and telepathic communications of X-Men.

    Virtual Realities of today only limit us to our vision and sense of hearing. In the future, Virtual Realities might actually allow us to smell, taste and touch our virtual environment. Along with access to our 5 senses, our emotional reaction to certain situations might be fine-tuned and optimized with the power of AI. This might mean sharing the fear of our main characters on Paranormal Activity, feeling the heartbreak of Emma or being excited about the adventures of Pokemon. All this can be possible as we explore the theatrical arts of smart Virtual Reality consoles.

    Information Security

    AI allow us to unearth more unstructured data at higher velocity to generate valuable insight. However, the risk of those very sensitive data falling into the wrong hands will also escalate.

    Today, cybersecurity is a major concern on everyone’s mind. In fact, 2017 is the year the fingerprint got hacked. With the help of AI, information technology will get more sophisticated in order to protect the things we value in our lives.

    It is human nature to want to go beyond our limits and become something much more. Everyone wants to live longer healthy lives, experience more vividly and feel more deeply. Technology is simply a means to achieve that end.

    See other FICO posts on artificial intelligence.

    The post The Future of AI: Redefining How We Imagine appeared first on FICO.


              drones.one Make Offer        
    Price: Make Offer
    Traffic: --
    Domain Language: English
              rentaldrone.com Make Offer        
    Price: Make Offer
    Traffic: --
    Domain Language: --
              LeSean McCoy Says HE Is the NFL's Best Running Back. Whatcha Gonna Do About It?        

    This is what a player in football heaven looks like. He doesn't run—he glides. He doesn't dance in the hole—he disappears. He doesn't catch the ball over his shoulder—he cradles it.

    And when this practice at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York, concludes, LeSean McCoy bounds over to the crowd. In a span of five minutes, he relives the gruesome high school ankle injury that nearly ended his career before it began, greets Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor's father with a hug and a laugh and then signs a string of autographs as kids chant his name.  

    It's all a far cry from the football hell he likely envisioned two years ago. When the Bills traded for McCoy and called the veteran, he didn't answer. He was devastated. The Philadelphia Eagle had never played for a team outside Pennsylvania.

    Those chants from the kids pick up—Shay-dee! Shay-dee!—and it becomes clear why he's at peace now.

    He's the best. He knows he's the best. He's not afraid to declare himself the best running back, even if everyone else would rather debate Le'Veon Bell vs. David Johnson vs. Ezekiel Elliott. 

    "Isn't that crazy?" he says. "That's crazy, yo. I don't like that."

    Because to him, there is no debate.

    "I think I'm the best back in the league."

    He plans on proving it, too.

    If he does—if McCoy asserts himself as the best at 29 years old— he can change the perception of his position. He can make running backs great again. He can, once and for all, end the longest playoff drought in professional sports. Fans would probably spill out onto the I-90 in celebration if the Bills made the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

    In Shady's world, none of this is unrealistic. He leaves no wiggle room. 

    He believes he's at his peak and will stay there for another three seasons. When he gets to 33, to 34, he'll find a way to thrive in the league then, too. 

    "There's nothing that I can't do," McCoy says. "I can catch the ball. I run routes. I'm a mismatch for defenses. I run the ball inside and run the ball outside. One man can't tackle me. I find a way to get it done."

    He points first to the numbers. No back has had more yards than McCoy since he entered the league in 2009. He also knows that only two backs in NFL history with at least 12,000 rushing yards aren't in the Hall of Fame: Edgerrin James (who's been nominated) and Frank Gore (who's still active). McCoy is only 3,046 away. After a career-high 5.4 yards per carry in 2016, hitting 12K is a near-guarantee.

    Yet McCoy's 1,267-yard, 13-touchdown season was an Instagram pic with no likes compared to GIFs of Zeke "eating" after first downs and leaping into a Salvation Army kettle after a touchdown, Bell going full Steph Curry on the NFL and Johnson eclipsing 2,000 total yards.

    "Obviously, I'm not doing something that's enough," McCoy says. "But it is frustrating because I put a lot into the game. When I'm all done, I want to have a ring. I want to have a yellow jacket."

    Wear a yellow jacket, like Terrell Davis, like LaDainian Tomlinson. Two more greats were enshrined last weekend.

    So here's the issue: This isn't 1997, when Davis, nearly blinded by migraines, single-handedly shredded the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. It's not even 2007, when LT had his seventh straight 300-carry season. Teams very, very, very rarely build their rosters around the running back in 2017. They'd rather listen to music on Spotify than buy a CD, would fly drones instead of feeding a Tamagotchi.

    Most teams have taken a cue from the New England Patriots, and why not? The Patriots dynasty began with Antowain Smith, JR Redmond and (a discarded) Corey Dillon and, a decade later, raged on with (a recycled) LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen, James White and Dion Lewis.

    It's a QB's game. Priorities, league-wide, changed.

    Only six running backs earn an average of at least $6.5 million per season, per Spotrac, making running back the least valued offensive position. Just don't tell Shady. His current five-year, $40 million pact made him the richest RB in the league before Devonta Freeman signed a five-year, $41.25 million extension.

    Which is why he can't follow Bell's logic in holding out. McCoy loved what the Steelers offered Bell this offseason: $12 million per year, NFL Network reported, over five years.

    "I would've taken it," McCoy says. "I know he talked about changing the market for running backs. That would've changed the market for running backs. Think about it. It's common sense."

    McCoy knows his worth.

    He also knows his No. 1 enemy right now is Father Time.

    When told multiple pro scouts believe that once his speed goes, he'll go, McCoy doesn't get defensive—he agrees. Shady thinks three moves ahead, just like Bill Belichick. He's been doing everything in his power to defy convention, to keep his legs young. The 377K who follow McCoy on Instagram saw bits and pieces of how all offseason. But what everyone may not know is when he found this new gear: February 2016. Right after that brawl at a Philly nightclub that sent two off-duty cops to the hospital.

    The investigation into the alleged assault never led to an official charge, but the video alone was a debilitating blow to his reputation. This was someone who had already infamously advertised a Females Only party (he later assured it was no "weird orgy thing"), warned that Chip Kelly "can't shake shit" before his Eagles reunion and then stormed off the field to chuck his helmet into the locker room after losing.

    Those closest to Shady saw him morph into a workout fiend after the bar incident.

    "He hunkered down and focused on being a better pro," says Bills guard Richie Incognito. "That's when you saw him working out and training and really taking that stuff seriously. He kept taking his game to a new level. It stuck with him."

    Bills tight end Charles Clay saw it in McCoy's constantly asking everywhere up and down the sideline how he could be better—repeating that the world must know how "unselfish" he is.

    McCoy tried new diets, ran more hills and centered all training on pure explosion. He knows his game is based on "20-, 30-yard bursts" so that's how he tailored all drills and waged his war versus the evil forces that are undefeated against running backs. Creaky joints. Stiff hips. A lost fifth gear. A younger, fresher alternative. Throw in the fact that McCoy has what he describes as a "top-three" offensive line and still possesses that sixth sense for avoiding big shots, and maybe he'll do what Shaun Alexander, Marshall Faulk and Edgerrin James could not and remain dominant at 29. 

    At a position that dings, disposes and damages players for life, McCoy is in incredible shape. He couldn't believe how ravaged other running backs were when a group of players had maintenance done on their bodies at the same facility this past offseason.

    "So many injuries," McCoy says. "Back issues, shoulder issues, neck, hips, this, that. … It's a marathon, not a race. I'd rather play a long career. I'm at nine. I want to reach 12-13."

    Clay will take McCoy over any other back in the league because it doesn't matter where you put him. Behind a fullback or not. Shotgun. Out wide. In the slot. He'll block and genuinely care about blocking. He'll invent alleys that don't exist. And Clay can still remember when a Colts linebacker blitzed with a free shot in the 2015 season opener and McCoy, somehow, wasted him.

    "There's literally nothing he can't do," Clay says. "Every single game we play, he does something. He'll make plays where everything is blocked absolutely wrong. There's free guys all over the place. And the next thing you know he's ripping off 25 yards. Stuff like that, you can't coach.

    "Even in practice, he makes cuts and it's just like, 'How do your feet not hurt after doing that?' That’s God-given, man. I've told him this before. I think he is the best running back in the league. I'll stand behind that. … That dude is unbelievable. I can ramble about that dude forever."

    Just don't argue with him in the locker room. He's known for shouting his point louder and louder until you're worn out and walk away. Clay and McCoy debate boxers. Incognito and McCoy have deep philosophical conversations. While Incognito jokes that his takes are rooted in "reason and truth," Shady's, he says, are rooted in "pixie dust and unicorns."

    McCoy refuses to back down from an opinion he believes in.

    And he runs like he debates.

    "He's a scrappy battler," Incognito says. "He's a tough kid. Once Shady digs in on something, it's better just to leave it alone."

    So go ahead and tell him he's the fourth- or fifth- or 10th-best. There's just that one tiny detail even McCoy will not ignore: In eight pro seasons, he's won zero playoff games. His Eagles teams never did. His Bills teams have gone 8-8 and 7-9. How valuable is McCoy if he's not even winning when it matters?

    "That's embarrassing," he says. "That's something I really want to do."

    With that, McCoy heads into a fieldhouse on campus, past basketball courts, to a team barber. "You're going to run for 2,000 this year!" yells the man, who later identifies himself as Travis the Barber. McCoy bites his tongue and looks around, worried that broadcasting a specific number will go viral. He tells Travis he only wants to win.

    The barber doubles down.

    "Listen," he says. "You're going to win and 2,000! Rushing, rushing, rushing! Two thousand rushing and 800 yards receiving. And 15 touchdowns, baby. I see it. There ain't no pressure. No pressure. Playoffs!"

    McCoy nods.

    "That's what I want," he says. "Playoffs."

    McCoy has declared himself the No. 1 back. Now it's time to back it up.

    And win.

    And maybe, along the way, save the soul of his position.

     


     

     

    Tyler Dunne covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @TyDunne.

    Click here to get B/R Mag on the go in the new B/R app for more sports storytelling worth your time, wherever you are.

    Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com


              Policías rescatan a ladrones a punto de ser linchados        
    El 'Aletas' y 'Camellito' constantemente asaltaban a los pobladores de Peto.
              The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate        

    →  

    Photo Credit: Defense Industry Daily

    BY MARK J. VALENCIA

    The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate

    Aug. 04, 2017  |     | 

     

      http://www.ippreview.com/index.php/Blog/single/id/522.html

    The Australian Department of Defence confirmed that last week a Chinese Dongdiao-class Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) vessel monitored the US-Australia Talisman Sabre joint military exercises from within Australia’s 200 nm Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This “first-ever” Chinese incursion of its type in Australia’s EEZ has sparked both alarm and an international debate. Many say China is hypocritical because it is undertaking intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions in other countries’ 200 nm EEZs while opposing those of the US in its own EEZ. But there are significant differences in scale, technological capability, methods, and objectives between what China and the US are doing.

    China’s first “public” attempt at maritime spying in the US EEZ was when an uninvited People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) AGI vessel operated in Hawaii’s EEZ to observe RIMPAC 2014, a multinational naval exercise. Also in 2014, a Chinese AGI vessel was observed off Guam during a US military exercise. According to then-Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Samuel Locklear: “The good news about this is that it’s a recognition, I think, or an acceptance by the Chinese of what we’ve been saying to them for some time, [which] is that military operations and survey operations in another country’s EEZs, where you have national—your own national security interest, are within international law and are acceptable.” But such simplistic comparisons are deceptive and potentially dangerous. They can lead to the false hope that China will eventually “see the light” and quietly assent to activities it considers threatening because “it is undertaking similar activities.”

    But the scale is very different. Ironically, the “different scale” argument was first used against China by China critics to demonize its occupations and “militarization” of features in the South China Sea. Although these critics grudgingly acknowledged that China was not doing anything other claimants had not done, nevertheless China’s behavior was singled out as unacceptable because of the much greater scale and “aggressiveness” of its activities.

    It seems that the tables are now turned. Although the critics argue that China is doing “the same thing” as the US, the scale of US ISR missions against China is probably an order of magnitude greater than that of China against the US. For example, as of 2017, PLAN had only three AGI vessels. Of course, China also has ISR planes, drones, and satellites but their number and capabilities pale in comparison to those of US assets.

    Indeed, the US has a huge array of ISR planes, surface vessels, submarines, and drones — many of which, like the subhunter Impeccable, have specialized functions. The US has by far the world’s largest and most capable force of signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft. Moreover, most of the US Navy’s top-of-the-line combatants like the Ticonderoga-class cruisers and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as well as its submarines are equipped to carry out SIGINT missions. Further, no other country matches the US’ number and array of robotic aircraft and seacraft (drones), particularly in terms of their range and advanced weapons and sensors, coupled with the necessary satellite and telecommunications support systems. US satellite IRS capacity greatly exceeds that of China. In terms of deployment, the US flies hundreds of manned ISR missions every year along China’s coast. There have been no public reports of similar Chinese aerial ISR missions off the US mainland coast.

    Technological capabilities, techniques and objectives are other major differences. Yes, China does insert ISR platforms into other countries’ EEZs — like that of Japan. But it is likely that Chinese technological capabilities and activities in terms of intrusive methods used and information obtained are so substantially inferior to and different from those of the US as to be in a separate, much lower category, e.g., passive listening versus active probing or electronic interference with, and even manipulation of, communications.

    But this is unconfirmed because the US is not being “transparent” when it comes to ISR capabilities. Again ironically, Locklear said of China’s military modernization: “What we should be concerned about though is what we perceive as a lack of transparency on their part in why they are building the type of systems they are building. Quite frankly, it makes their neighbours nervous and it gives us some cause for concern here at PACOM about the type of military they are building and the type of equipment they are buying.”

    A confidential US Navy-National Security Agency (NSA) report revealed by Edward Snowden shows that China’s concerns regarding America’s ISR missions off its coasts are justified.

    But in the case of ISR, it is the extent of capabilities that is not publicly known. To convince sceptics that there is anything near parity between Chinese and US ISR capabilities, those making the “China does the same thing” argument — especially those in the US Navy, need to reveal exactly what it is that the US is doing in China’s near seas so that all can evaluate it for themselves. Otherwise their arguments will fall on deaf ears, and independent and neutral analysts can only speculate based on what little is known.

    In general, it is known that US ISR assets collect communications between the target country’s command-and-control centres and radar and weapons systems, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, and fighter aircraft. Other US ISR probes collect “actionable” intelligence for expeditionary and irregular warfare.

    Incidents involving ISR aircraft like the EP-3 and the Poseidon 8A, as well as the US Navy ships Bowditch, Impeccable, and Cowpens, may have collectively included active “tickling” of China’s coastal defences to provoke and observe responses, interference with shore-to-ship and submarine communications, violation or abuse of the consent regime for marine scientific research, damage to the environment, and tracking China’s new nuclear submarines for potential targeting.

    If so, these are not passive intelligence collection activities commonly undertaken and usually tolerated by many states, including China. Rather they are intrusive, provocative, and controversial practices that may be considered a threat to use force or violations of both China’s marine scientific consent and its environmental protection regimes. This could occur when and if the Poseiden 8 drops sonobuoys (which are part of its repertoire) or the Impeccable and Bowditch deploy “scientific instruments” in China’s EEZ. Indeed, China’s EEZ environment may be degraded if US sonar systems or live fire exercises adversely affect fish and mammals like whales and dolphins.

    But much of this is unconfirmed. What do we — the public — know?

    A confidential US Navy-National Security Agency (NSA) report revealed by Edward Snowden shows that China’s concerns regarding America’s ISR missions off its coasts are justified. The 2001 report reveals that in the EP-3 incident, the crew was unable to destroy all the secret data and systems on board, and details the scope of secrets exposed to China.

    The exposed information contained the fact that the US has “the ability to locate and collect transmissions to or from Chinese submarines and to correlate them to specific vessels.” The plane also carried data that clarified “how much the US knew about China’s submarine-launched ballistic missiles program.” Also, according to the report, as speculated, the missions spur targeted militaries to react, thus creating communications that can be intercepted.

    So, it does appear that the US has a huge advantage over China when it comes to ISR. But unlike Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, China does not oppose all foreign military activities in its EEZ without its permission. Nevertheless, China certainly does object by word and deed to what it perceives as US abuse of the right of freedom of navigation and a threat to use force.

    In sum, China apparently believes that these activities violate the peaceful purpose and uses provisions of UNCLOS, as well as its UNCLOS EEZ resource rights and environmental obligations. China also thinks that the US is “preparing the battle field” and that this constitutes a violation of the UN Charter as well as UNCLOS. In particular, China alleges that the US is not abiding by its obligation to pay “due regard” to its rights and duties as a coastal state. Such due regard in the EEZ is required by UNCLOS for both the coastal state and the user state, but is undefined.

    Whether these concerns are valid or not, China is probably not violating these UNCLOS provisions with its AGI vessel activities and the US may well be doing so — on a grand scale. The US may want to reconsider and modify its superficial and misleading argument that both are doing the same thing


              The Best Drones of 2017        



              ORNAMENTAL BRUISES        
    At a small table beneath an open window, two women sat talking and drinking from tall cans, filling an ashtray. A quiet neighborhood, everyone watching late night t.v. or in bed with a book or a lover, the only sound the drone of crickets, like a radio turned low to play all night long. Tired? […]
              NGFR promotes new first responder technologies for 2016        

    The Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex program is currently preparing for changes in its response program for the 2016 year, and possibly through 2020.

    NGFR focused on enhancing its uniform, protective gear, sensing technology and communication in 2015, spending time promoting its new ideas across the country. This includes acting as the frontman for the National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology, in which the Responder of the Future is a priority.

    NGFR wanted to open up the discussion about renovating the first responder regulations, and first began through virtual meetings and then followed up with in-person sessions, where first responders and members of the public could be a part of the conversation. 

    Group Director of First Responders Dan Cotter discussed NGFR at a forum in the White House in September, briefing the listeners on the technological and innovative changes NGFR hopes to make, including a four-minute decrease in response time. Furthermore, The White House Smart Cities Forum has continually been working on their relationship with the data world, to provide services like faster information to first responders and decongesting roadways. DHS has even committed to granting $50 million over a five-year period to technology development for Smart Cities.

    NGFR has also hosted a program called EMERGE Accelerator program for Wearable Technology for First Responders, opening up the opportunity for entrepreneurs to develop innovative gear for first responders and awarding 20 startups the honor of continuing their work for the NGFR. It also hosted the Indoor Tracking of the Next Generation First Responder competition, as indoor tracking capability is of the utmost importance, and it had not been developed yet. 

    S&T hopes that these competitions will open doors to new technologies that haven't been discovered yet, and allow ideas from all over the world to come together. DHS S&T also began the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, with the help of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). The program hopes to bring better solutions to problems first responders have frequently.

    After collaborating and developing these new products, NGFR hosted demonstrations with actual first responders in order to test all of the new technologies. This includes heat maps through drones through a device called SLED and a new bluetooth device called BLIP, which would allow trapped victims to text and send images to first responders and keep first responders in touch with each other -- and privy to each other's whereabouts. 

    NGFR hopes that these demonstrations can be continued in 2016, to show first responders and the public how first responder gear and regulations are constantly evolving.


              Dem Drones        
    Intro
    Heads are disconnected by dem lie drones,
    Heads are disconnected by dem lie drones,
    Killing in the Valley of lie drones,
    Coz they do the work of their lore.
    Verse
    Believer's connected to the Progressive
    Progressive's connected to the Moderate
    Moderate's connected to the Conformist
    Conformist's connected to the Conservative
    Conservative's connected to the Traditionalist
    Traditionalist's connected to the Orthodox
    Orthodox's connected to the Zealot
    Zealot's connected to the Radical
    Radical's connected to the Extremist
    Extremist's connected to the Martyr
    Martyr's connected to the suicide bomb.
    And they all do the work of their lore.
    Chorus
    Dem drones, dem drones gonna rise again.
    Dem drones, dem drones gonna rise again.
    Dem drones, dem drones gonna rise again.
    And they'll burn the world for their lore.
    Finale
    Dem drones, dem drones, dem lie drones.
    Dem drones, dem drones, dem lie drones.
    Dem drones, dem drones, dem lie drones.
    Now fear the wars of their lore.


    So to the question...
    Given the arrowhead of condonation detailed in the verse, can it be legitimately denied that even the most innocent faith inevitably supports the zealot crusader's excuse for violent martyrdom at the pointy end?
    You can probably guess what I think.

    This is one of the Too Many Questions
    PEACE
    Crispy
    Please leave a comment - Anything will do
    The best communications are often,
    THREE WORDS OR LESS
    OR ONE OR MORE FINGERS!

              El triunfo de la perversión del lenguaje        
    El siguiente artículo se publicó ayer en Letra en Obras, una web de libros y literatura en gallego.  El porqué insertan ahí mis artículos, cuando casi nunca escribo sobre libros y nunca hago buena literatura, es un misterio, pero la vida está lleno de ellos y nunca los vamos a resolver, sería muy aburrido vivir sin incertidumbre.  Es cierto que el punto de partida de este artículo es el lenguaje (y la abusiva perversión que se hace de él), pero sólo es la excusa para tratar de agitar la conciencia de la gente sobre los continuados abusos que estamos sufriendo y la pasividad con que los encajamos.


    El Letra en Obras publican en gallego, lo que me sirve para evitar que se me oxide la que es mi lengua de adopción y que, lamentablemente, no se usa demasiado al nivel de la calle.  Normalmente, para ellos escribo directamente en gallego. Pero esta vez, dada la extensión del tocho-post (ocho folios), lo redacté inicialmente en castellano porque así sólo tenía que hacer el esfuerzo de traducir las ideas del catalán (la lengua en la que funciona mi cerebro) a las palabras en la lengua de Cervantes, Victor Manuel y Sergio Ramos, entre otros.  Luego vino la traducción al gallego, para la que conté con la ayuda de un buen amigo, Montxo, el Director de Letra en Obras, pero nos queda la versión original, en castellano, que es la que viene a continuación.  Ya avisé que son ocho folios...


    ACERCA DE LA PERVERSIÓN DEL LENGUAJE Y LA NECESARIA DECONSTRUCCIÓN DE LA DEMOCRACIA

    A principios de los noventa se extendió, de un modo enfermizo, en el mundo empresarial, el empleo de eufemismos rimbombantes para denominar los puestos de trabajo.  Así, un vendedor que atendía comedores grandes pasó a denominarse “Sales Manager Canal HoReCa” y se llegó estupideces del tamaño de los Ancares al llamar “Técnica especialista en comunicados escritos” a una simple mecanógrafa (No, no había Word –ni Windows- en las oficinas).  Una compilación colectiva entre la gente que teníamos trabajo en esa época daría para un artículo entretenido.

    En los medios de comunicación, un fanático empleo de los eufemismos fue el primer paso de una progresiva perversión del lenguaje. Hoy día nadie tiene huevos de llamar negro a un oriundo de Camerún, ni marica a un homosexual afeminado, abrumado por la presión del lenguaje pretendidamente “correcto”.  La casta política, rodeada por muchos de esos asesores de imagen especializados en manipulación de masas, no sólo adoptó (sin rubor alguno) esa ocultación sistemática de palabras con connotaciones negativas, si no que llegó a prostituir el discurso de tal forma que se llegó a expresiones tan sonrojantes como “aceleración negativa” para definir a la recesión y que tenían, hasta hace poco, su paradigma sumo en el “despido simulado con indemnización diferida” que pronunció la señora Cospedal sobre la “curiosa” situación de Bárcenas en el PP y  que tan boquiabiertos nos dejó a la mayoría, al ver que nos estaba llamando subnormales (perdón, retrasados mentales) delante de micrófonos y cámaras, sin apenas pestañear.  Ni ella, ni nosotros.

    El tiempo permite la superación de cualquier hito y esa definición ya ha sido adelantada por la derecha, por un concepto que se pronuncia alegremente como algo positivo y que, bien analizado, infiere mucha preocupación.  Se trata del “envejecimiento activo”, un término que empieza a circular desvergonzadamente entre los hombres de negro y sus acólitos, que viene a significar que existe la posibilidad cierta (e inevitable) de que tengas que trabajar después de cuando esperabas jubilarte. No vas a ser un “viejo inútil”, alégrate, podrás seguir sintiéndote realizado trabajando, viene a ser el mensaje. Si menciono ahora el Arbeit macht frei (el trabajo libera), el lema que estaba expuesto a la entrada de muchos de los campos de exterminio nazis, es porque tiene su enlace unos párrafos más adelante.


    La mentira sistemática, pronunciada como si fuera verdad, funciona, da sus frutos.  Es un trabajo de largo plazo, pero germina indefectiblemente. Uno de los refranes más cortos que posee la lengua española ya lo anuncia: “Calumnia, que algo queda”.   Las radios comerciales aplican una técnica parecida con las canciones mediocres.  A base de repetirlas a todas horas, consiguen que la gente las baile en las verbenas o en los pafetos.  A veces, hasta consiguen que se la reclamen a la orquesta, o al DJ, la gente es así de estúpida (sobre todo cuando bebe). 

    De tantas veces que he oído hablar de los “brotes verdes” en los últimos años, hasta yo creo vislumbrarlos entre los adoquines, si no tomo té en dosis elevadas o café en moderadas, antes de salir de casa.  El pasado lunes, en el súper, los confundí con el perejil y me fui a casa con un manojito para trasplantarlo a un macetero del balcón, pensando que todo estaba arreglado, que por fin había luz al final del túnel.  En Galicia es fácil equivocarse, aquí es “todo” verde (me permito alimentar, perversamente, el mito).  Pero es que hay gente que los ha visto, a los putos brotes verdes esos, en Castrojeriz, en plena meseta castellana, en el mes de Agosto, lo que atenta contra todas las leyes de la Naturaleza, de la Economía y, añadiría, de la Ética más básica.

    No, no hay brotes verdes.  En la marea de datos estadísticos que produce el CIS, alguno hay que se pueda interpretar en clave positiva, si tienes unos mínimos conocimientos de la materia.  Pero todo el que leyó algo de estadística sabe que una tendencia no se puede construir (ni vislumbrar, esto son datos, no bolas de cristal, ni runas, ni posos de café, ni la carta del ahorcado que se quita la soga) con una muestra pequeña.  Y se supone que nos dirige gente seria (tuve que parar cinco minutos, me entró un ataque de risa, lo siento), no Rappel y la Bruja Lola.  Pero ven brotes verdes en agosto, en la meseta castellana, manda huevos, que me pasen el guasap de su camello, yo también quiero probar eso que se meten.

    Antes tendremos los Encuentros en la Tercera Fase que veremos, germinando, brotes verdes. Me refiero a los nuestros, los de la ex-clase media.  Los suyos y los de sus Señores del Dinero, igual si.  Porque Botín ve divisas a espuertas llegando a España, puede que sea cierto. Al precio al que está la hora de esclavo en este país medio civilizado, es más interesante (por el tema logístico) montar una fábrica de camisetas de Ronaldo (o de latas de conserva) en Bueu que en Bangladesh.  Puede ser que los brotes verdes esos germinen en granados y entonces veremos las granadas.  Algunos hasta las podrán recolectar.  Pero comeremos patatas. Con suerte, todos los días.

    Esa táctica de extender los intereses de una minoría al colectivo no es más que el intento de aplicación, a la situación económico-social, de un tic muy futbolero, en un país donde el único elemento de cohesión entre las diferentes regiones y nacionalidades han sido las selecciones deportivas.  Es muy común que un aficionado manifieste después de un partido: “hemos ganado” (o lo contrario, o ni lo uno ni lo otro).  A ver, que lo sepas: Tú no has ganado nada. Tus recursos monetarios, tu patrimonio y tus problemas son los mismos que tenías antes de empezar el partido. Podrás estar contento de que “ellos” hayan ganado; los jugadores del equipo, los empleados del club y los accionistas de la Sociedad.  Pero tú no “has ganado”, a no ser que hubieses apostado dinero por ello, arriesgando parte de tu liquidez inmediata.  Así que, puedes irte a dormir más feliz que antes del partido, pero igual de pobre, que no te confundan.

    Esta semana el paro ha vuelto a subir y se confirman los dramas (entre otros) de Fagor y la muerte anunciada de Canal Nou que, dicho sea de paso, no me parece mal.  A buenas horas salen a hacer “periodismo” los trabajadores de esa guardería de enchufados.  Canal Nou es uno de los ejemplos de cómo “no” hay que hacer las cosas, eso seguro que ya lo sabían hace mucho tiempo, los asalariados de esa empresa.  La elasticidad de todos los materiales tiene un “punto de ruptura” que, cuando se sobrepasa, significa que el tema, sea cual sea, se rompe.  En física no hay perversión del lenguaje, los científicos suelen ser gente práctica.  Si en ciencia se impone el pragmatismo es, casi siempre, porque influyen temas políticos. 

    Las cosas que se rompen no se pueden recomponer si no hay pegamento.  Y en Valencia ni tienen pegamento, ni nadie que se lo preste, así que el momento de hablar de la viabilidad de Canal Nou no es ahora.  Era cuando la Copa América, el Mundial de motos, la F-1, la guita que les levantó el Urmangarín y otra decena como él que han sabido desaparecer discretamente con los papelitos de colores que trincaron.  En estos momentos, es demasiado tarde.  Vale, esas no eran formas, de acuerdo.  Pero… ¿Realmente esperaban otras formas de esa peña de apuestas?

    ¿Resulta que gente es imbécil y no se da cuenta de que les mienten? A ver… imbécil es ser algo menos castigado por la falta de inteligencia que idiota y algo más que estar impregnado en estupidez. Porque la estupidez puede ser innata o, también, un envoltorio aceptado.  En los dos primeros casos (imbecilidad e idiocia), es imposible que el sujeto pueda discernir entre la verdad y la mentira.  En el tercero (estupidez), si hace esfuerzos importantes podría.  Si quiere.  Y aquí no se ha querido ver, o se ha mirado en otra dirección.

    http://editorialorsai.com/revista/post/n4_fonseca
    (La foto tiene enlace...)

    ¿Es deliberada esta perversión del lenguaje, usada por los miembros del Sistema?  Sin lugar a dudas, si, ya he superado el resquemor a que me llamen conspiranoico.  Porque esto es una conspiración organizada.  Los nazis, por citar un ejemplo muy claro de abuso extremo de un Sistema sobre un colectivo, consiguieron anular la voluntad de los judíos hasta el punto de que estos cooperaron activa y ordenadamente en su propio exterminio.  Sin esa colaboración (activa no iba entre comillas) hubiera sido imposible que llegaran a asesinar tal cantidad de seres humanos.  A lo sumo habrían podido eliminar un par de millones y medio, con esfuerzo y dedicación, pero no más. 

    Pero consiguieron que se anotaran ellos mismos en listas, que relacionaran escrupulosamente sus bienes para que pudieran serles más fácilmente embargados, que subieran mansamente (salvo contadísimas excepciones) a los trenes, que se desnudaran y colocaran ordenadamente su ropa y pertenencias de valor y que entraran en los cámaras de gas y, luego, que los Sonderkommando, formados por judíos, metieran los cadáveres en los crematorios y/o los enterraran, después de arrancarles las muelas de oro y el cabello.  La mayoría de veces, con un par de pelotones de soldados de las SS que supervisasen todo el proceso, que podía prolongarse a lo largo de muchísimos kilómetros dónde jugársela a “algo o nada”, era suficiente para que un par de millares de judíos pasasen del gueto de Varsovia a las fosas de Auschwitz, de Lodz a Chelmno, o de Lom a Treblinka.

    Treinta contra dos mil.  Eso, sin la colaboración de los Judenrat (los consejos judíos) hubiese sido imposible o hubiese consumido unos recursos de personal que Alemania, en 1942, tenía comprometidos en varios frentes de lucha.  No estoy proclamando que los judíos colaboraron dócilmente en su propio exterminio, que lo hicieron.  Estoy señalando la capacidad de los nazis para anular la resistencia de unos seres humanos que, en su mayoría, caminaron mansa y ordenadamente a su muerte.  Estos dos conceptos están excelentemente desarrollados en Un estudio acerca de la banalidad del mal, de Hannah Arendt y aquí sólo estoy exponiendo algunas analogías peligrosamente parecidas con lo que sucede hoy día en nuestro estado (escrito, deliberadamente, en minúsculas).

    El proceso de anulación de la voluntad de resistencia de los judíos incluyó una interesante escalada en la perversión del lenguaje desde la llegada al poder del NSDAP, el Partido Nazi, en 1933, que hacían parecer inocentes o, más bien, inocuas, las progresivas maniobras de los nazis para agrupar a los judíos en guetos, cuyo objetivo inicial era, recordemos, la expulsión de Alemania.  Pero como no tenían dónde “emigrar” (ese era el eufemismo utilizado inicialmente) a tal cantidad de gente, decidieron optar por el “realojamiento” (esto es, encerrarlos en guetos) y, como no les cabían todos en los que montaron, optaron en 1942 por la “Solución final”, el “despido diferido” de entonces, el culmen de la perversión del lenguaje de la época, que significaba, como todos sabemos, “asesinar en masa”, en los cinco campos de “concentración” (exterminio) que levantaron a tal efecto, previo saqueo de sus bienes. 

    Las condiciones del Holocausto judío en la Alemania nazi eran algo diferentes de las actuales en España.  La más importante (y la que nos puede salvar) es que entonces los judíos eran una minoría en medio de una mayoría fanatizada.  Ahora somos una mayoría sojuzgada por una minoría mercenaria.  No quieren matarnos, porque los muertos ni trabajan, ni compran.  Pero exterminarnos como personas con identidad propia, si.  Quieren que quedemos como esclavos modernos con capacidad de trabajar para sobrevivir y comprar lo básico, con eso su maquinaria funciona para que sus brotes verdes se conviertan en granados y que nosotros veamos las granadas y hasta alguno podrá recolectarlas.  Pero, ya lo dije, nosotros comeremos patatas.

    De momento, ya han anulado la voluntad colectiva, la capacidad de respuesta efectiva. Goebbels estaría orgulloso del sistema empleado, perversión progresivamente escalonada del mensaje y mentira sobre mentira, han conseguido que las víctimas de la crisis se sientan culpables de la misma.  Y alguien que se siente culpable, queda aturdido y tiene anulada su capacidad de reacción.  Ese proceso de traslado de la responsabilidad lo han conseguido a base de colar repetidamente en los medios a supuestos expertos repitiendo embustes (o medias verdades, que son una forma de camuflar con caramelo el engaño), como una canción mediocre de radiofórmula, técnica que, ya dijimos, funciona.

    Repasemos, como ejemplo, algunas de las falacias más extendidas que han cuajado profundamente en el colectivo:

    “Es que se vivió por encima de nuestras posibilidades”.  Los organismos de Gobierno, la inmensa mayoría, por supuesto, ahí están los balances de las Administraciones. Eso es el “hemos perdido” futbolero, de nuevo perversamente enunciado. Pero la gente llana, no, en general. Bastantes, si, arrastrados por su entorno social. El individuo no suele cuestionarse si su comportamiento es correcto, si el colectivo actúa mayoritariamente en un sentido. Otros cándidos fueron empujados al abismo por los esbirros cualificados de los prestatarios de dinero, que eran empujados a su vez a hacerlo por sus superiores, en una cadena que se pierde en las nubes de los centros de decisión.  Pero la verdad es que la inmensa mayoría vivimos, simplemente, “por encima de nuestras necesidades”, que es muy diferente.  Con reajustar nuestros ingresos a lo que es realmente importante para nuestras vidas, después de un proceso que puede haber sido más o menos doloroso, hemos tirado adelante.

    “Es que aquí robaba todo el mundo”.  Maticemos… Apropiarse de algo que no es tuyo se puede hacer de varias maneras. Mediante hurto, robo, estafa, defraudación, usurpación o apropiación indebida, creo que no me dejo ninguna (tampoco tiene mayor importancia, si es así).  Pero, para que cualquiera de esas formas de “robo” sea considerada delito, el valor de lo sustraído debe superar (en la mayoría de casos) los 400 €. Y, seamos sinceros, en España sólo tenían posibilidad de delinquir unos pocos.  El resto podía, a lo sumo, pagar una reparación sin IVA al fontanero, o vender unos grelos sin factura.  Y no, no es lo mismo vender grelos en “B”, que cobrar comisiones millonarias por la adjudicación de obras o la recalificación de terrenos, práctica que han instaurado, de una forma u otra, todos los partidos que han estado en el poder y sus sindicatos acólitos. 

    El problema de este país fue la ingente malversación de caudales públicos en beneficio propio o de amigos y familiares, que es algo tan sutil como conseguir que otros roben por ti.  Ser cómplice o beneficiario de un delito no tiene la misma carga negativa que la de autor, coautor o participante. Eso es lo que, moralmente hablando, cree la mayoría. Y ser inductor está rodeado de una peligrosa mística hollywoodiana. El sinónimo que más se usa es en este caso es el de “cerebro” que, en los delitos sin sangre, solía estar muy bien considerado.

    “Ya hemos tocado fondo” o, dicho de otra manera, “ya no pueden ir peor las cosas”.  Eso, desde 2008, es, junto con lo de los brotes verdes, el embuste más repetido.  Cuando estás en un nivel de supervivencia, el pensamiento de una acción traumática para provocar un cambio, da miedo. “Virgencita, que me quede como estoy”, piensa la mayoría, que se cree esa mierda y dejan que el miedo les atenace, eso forma parte de la estrategia.  Si tuvieran algo de memoria más allá de los resultados de la jornada futbolística anterior, se darían cuenta de que en 2009 estábamos peor que en 2008. En 2010, peor que en 2011. En 2012, peor que en 2011. En 2012, peor que en 2013. Y en 2014 estaremos peor que en 2013, porque no hay un solo dato que nos beneficie, ni una sola previsión seria, ni, lamentablemente, ningún augurio basado en el oráculo del I Ching (He tirado diez veces las monedas y el resultado más favorable es sinónimo de “cataclismo”). 

    Nada nos permite ser optimistas (a la ex clase media, me refiero), antes de tres o cuatro años, como poco.  Pero intentarán convencernos de lo contrario, antes hay Elecciones Generales; en dos años.  Y ya he explicado como lo harán: bombardeándonos con mentiras y más mentiras y datos falseados y manipulados.  Y, lamentablemente, muchos les creerán.

    “No sirve de nada ir a votar”. Aceptar eso supone rendirse, que es exactamente lo que esperan de nosotros.  Cuanta menos gente vaya a votar (el único mecanismo pacífico para desmontar su particular chollo) más beneficiados salen los partidos mayoritarios, porque el Sistema está diseñado por y para los grandes partidos que, por supuesto, no van a cambiarlo.  En aras de ese mecanismo, en Galicia gobierna (con mayoría absoluta) un partido que sólo recibió el apoyo del 23% de la población con capacidad de voto.  En España, gobierna otra mayoría absoluta que ya sabemos lo que hizo con las mentiras de su programa electoral en cuanto llegó al poder: archivarlas hasta la siguiente campaña, la gente tiene muy poca memoria.

    Lamentablemente, no hay muchas alternativas aceptables.  Hay que reconocer que supieron desarmar muy bien a la Plataforma del 15-M, en un trabajo muy al Gestapo style.  Pero si no aparece una organización decente de aquí a las próximas elecciones, el panorama es muy sombrío y si, como es previsible, no hay una revolución (que no la habrá), la única salida es evitar una mayoría absoluta de quien sea, aunque mi opción favorita sigue siendo Escaños en Blanco, una iniciativa para recolectar votos y dejar asientos vacíos en el Parlamento, algo muy inútil, democráticamente hablando, pero muy romántico.

    El pueblo se indigna porque cree que los políticos de hoy actúan igual que los Judenrat de la época.  Que sus “representantes”, democráticamente elegidos, deberían defender sus intereses. ¡Meeeeeec! Error. Los políticos no son como los Consejos Judíos de la época que, bajo la premisa de salvar a unos pocos elegidos, decidieron sacrificar a una mayoría.  Los partidos políticos, paraguas bajo el que se cobijan los esbirros con cargo político, forman parte del Sistema.  Un Sistema que está mejor organizado que el nazi, algo de tiempo ha pasado desde entonces para mejorarlo.

    Verás a Eichmann, burócrata obediente y bien remunerado y con un buen carrusel de prebendas a su disposición.  Pero no verás ni a Goebbels, ni a Himmler ni, por supuesto, a Hitler, esos viven en su burbuja de discreta opulencia y que siempre tendrán a un Eichmann dispuesto a lamerle los pies al amo o a un Kastner (el húngaro que salvó a 1684 judíos, pero que mandó a las cámaras de gas a 476.000), dispuesto a formar parte del engranaje, cambiando dignidad por una vida mejor.

    Y la gente no se rebela.  Les saquean, organizadamente, los ahorros de una vida y nadie le pega fuego a la sucursal del banco con el director esposado a la caja de caudales.  Algunos se limitan a suicidarse, menuda falta de coraje.  Por lo menos llévate por delante al ladrón que te dejó en ese estado, pocasangre.  En otra perversión del lenguaje que me tiene completamente perplejo, se organizan “manifestaciones festivas”.  A ver, que lo entienda… ¿Vas a protestar o a una juerga?  Por que las dos cosas, a la vez, no tienen sentido y están abocadas al fracaso.  Podría hacer el chiste fácil de la música militar pero ya lo he hecho cuatro palabras atrás.  


    El escarnio absoluto consiste en que sean las Asociaciones privadas (Cáritas, Cocinas Económicas, Asociaciones de Vecinos, etc.) las que están capeándole la revuelta al Gobierno, alimentando a los más necesitados y pagando sus facturas más elementales. Heydrich vuelve a asentir, complacido, mientras sigue sin haber nadie que haga nada efectivo para cambiar el final del cuento de Alí Babá y los cuarenta (mil) ladrones.  Un dato publicado en Libertad Digital  (Si, al enemigo hay que leerlo):  “El primer año de Gobierno del Gobierno de Rajoy se saldó con más de 36.000 manifestaciones y concentraciones en toda España, sin contar las celebradas en el País Vasco, lo que supone una media diaria de casi 120protestas.”

    No entraré a valorar por qué no cuentan las del País Vasco, porque esos datos los tienen y... ¿Qué más da? Treinta y seis mil manifestaciones festivas. Primero eran “pacíficas”, pero “pacífico” se asocia a “pacifista” y ya sabemos cómo son los pacifistas, ese estereotipo lo han sembrado y hecho germinar muy bien: mugrientos, haraganes y subversivos. Unos perroflautas. Y “nosotros” no somos así, somos honrados y trabajadores pero ya que nos están dando palos por todas partes, nos juntamos los amputados por los bancos y nos lo pasamos teta tocando el silbato, me gustaría saber quién organiza eso y que fin espera conseguir.  Si, ya sé, la calavera de Heydrich esboza otra pérfida sonrisa.

    Será muy relajante, muy bueno para la autoestima, pero no funciona.  Son 36.000 concentraciones en un año y las que han venido después. TREINTA Y SEIS MIL, coño, que no se ha colado ningún cero de más. 36.000 y no han servido para nada.  Ellos siguen a la suya.

    Y no se te ocurra pasar con una pancarta, camino de una fiesta manifestativa de esas, por delante del portal de sus casas.  Porque te arriesgas a que te empuren por acoso o sedición.  Por escrachero o escrachera, ya puestos.  En mi diccionario de la RAE, escrachar es “romper algo en pedazos” o “pegar a alguien con dureza o reiteración”, no tiene nada que ver con un grupo de gente exhibiendo pancartas y gritando proclamas.  La indignada perversión del término “escrachar” viene de los mismos que llamaban, en público, “terroristas” a toda la izquierda abertzale y “primos de los batasunos” a todos los votantes de Esquerra Republicana.  No debo llamar negro a un Eto’o ni marica a Antonio Gala, porque eso es ofensivo o discriminatorio, pero, en cambio, un señor de izquierdas de Usurbil, afín a la idea de una Euskal Herria separada del estado español (que si, en minúsculas) es, sin posibilidad de defensa, un terrorista, esto es peor que el libre etiquetaje en feisbuc.  Y alguien que agita una pancarta porque está harto, o harta, o menopáusica, o aburrido de no encontrar trabajo, es violenta.  O peligroso.  O las dos cosas, si es una maricona orgullosa de serlo.

    Antes había menos manifestaciones.  Pero a las manifas se iba a protestar de verdad. Estaba el sector que montaba las pancartas y el que acumulaba adoquines y combinados de combustible inflamable.  Y los políticos se cagaban de verdad.  Ahora van al Club de Campo por la mañana y, en la sobremesa, algún assistantles tiene montado un vídeo con los mejores momentos de las fiestas manifestativas del día y ellos se ríen, mientras saborean un escocés de 20 años o más.  Menos fiesta y más protesta, es lo que hace falta. ¿Apología de la violencia?  Es posible.  Pero pienso alegar “defensa propia”, Señor Juez.  Y ya le aviso que la lista de agresiones que tengo compilada augura una vista larga y un sumario bastante tocho.

    Me dirá alguien que he señalado que ha habido 36.000 manifestaciones, que alguna habrá sido una protesta de las que dan miedo.  Apenas no.  Ahí está el secreto, en la fragmentación, en la división, llevan haciéndolo desde 1873, que yo quiera recordar y, con la transición, cambiaron las formas, pero no el fondo.  Siempre enfrentando, siempre distinguiendo, no ha habido ni un solo impulso institucional para que todo el mundo se sienta emocionalmente ligado a alguien que vive a más de tres manzanas de su calle, que mierda le va a importar a alguien de Almendralejo lo que le pasa a uno de Getaria, aunque los dos hayan sido víctimas de un ERE despiadado.

    Y así,  desde el 15-M, excepto para la cadena humana de la Vía Catalana (esa sí que les acojonó) no ha habido una manifestación realmente masiva. Ni peligrosa para el sistema, excepto, quizá, la Marea Blanca en Madrid y, ahora, la huelga de recogida de basuras.  Pero es que lo verdaderamente milagroso es que en Madrid, con los saqueadores que les (des)gobiernan, no hayan montado todavía una guillotina en la Puerta del Sol. (Heydrich, si vuelves a mirarme con suficiencia, traslado tus huesos a un cementerio judío)

    Sugeriría “deconstruir” la Democracia, si quisiera parecerme a ellos, pero ¡qué coño! Llamémosle a las cosas por su nombre.  Lo que hay que hacer es, directamente,  desmantelarla para volverla a levantar de cero.  Y eso, con manifas festivaleras, no lo vamos a conseguir, les va el status quo adquirido a esa banda de ladrones.  O se hace algo de verdad, o esto es el Holocausto.

    ***

    Nota del Autor: El título original de estas hojas era “El triunfo de la perversión del lenguaje” y tenía que ser un artículo de un folio y medio o dos, a lo sumo.  Cuando llevaba dos párrafos escritos, me atasqué porque tenía demasiadas notas para tan poco espacio.  Justo entonces, recibí la visita de una amiga, a la que expuse el problema.  “Coge un libro al azar y mira si te inspira”, sugirió.  Como no tenía mejor opción, le di a la rueda del mouse y el cursor se detuvo, obviamente, sobre “Un estudio sobre la banalidad del mal”, de Hannah Arendt. “No lo veo”, le dije, sinceramente.  A ella le encantan los desafíos intelectuales y me respondió: “Si consigues hilvanar algo coherente, te… (En dos palabras vulgares -pero emocionantes- me prometió sexo oral).

    Hay pocas cosas que estimulen más el ingenio que la promesa de sexo gratis.  No me puso un límite de extensión y dos días después, a ella el resultado le pareció convincente.  Y a mí, divertido. Porque ya dije hace tiempo, que me la trae al pairo lo que no hagáis con el país, ya lo di por inútil.  Parafraseando al gran Pepe Rubianes diría que “A mí, la unidad de España me suda la polla por delante y por detrás. Y que se metan ya a EspaÃ
              Comment on How to convert me by Santana Droney        
    I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The problem is something too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy that I came across this during my search for something concerning this.
              On 3D Printed Guns        
    Dear Rachel Maddow and Staff:

    Tonight's story about gun control, and the 3D printer component in particular, were interesting, but I have a lot of questions that perhaps you can explore in future discussions on the subject.

    First, a correction: only the 3D printer you showed, a Makerbot Replicator 2, costs thousands of dollars. Saying they cost thousands of dollars or more is misleading. You can buy fully assembled and ready-to-use 3D printers for as little as $500. Most models on the market today, kit-wise at least, cost somewhere between $800 and $1,200. I can build a RepRap, which is a printer that makes most of the parts you need to make another printer, for around $400. And it's not like it was hard to do--I just followed the recipe there on the Internet, free to all.

    I'm a teacher at an art school who teaches 3D printing and design, and so a lot of people--including my mother-in-law--have been talking to me lately about 3D printed guns, as you might imagine, so I've been giving it a lot of thought. So far I've tended to react in these discussions with my own questions, which I do sincerely wish will soon get some public consideration. They nibble around the edges of the BIG question, which is, how should society respond to the progress of technology itself?

    1) Do you know that a 14 year old built a nuclear reactor in his garage? And if it's possible for a 14 year old genius to teach himself to do that, and do it without institutional resources, how much dumber can a 20 year old be and still get the same result? How about at 30?

    2) Did you know there are hundreds of amateur bio-labs in the U.S.? Those are just the registered ones.

    3) Do you have any idea what people are doing with home-built autonomous flying drones? How long until someone hooks a pipe bomb up to one (or a dozen) of those and flies them into a crowd five kilometers away?

    4) So, if we're worried about crazy people using powerful weapons to commit heinous crimes, what do we do about the crazy people who will be building their own robotic, chemical, biological or even nuclear (dirty or thermonuclear, you pick) weapons in their basements?

    Isn't the real problem not the availability of any particular technology or machine, but rather the availability and free exchange of information? To quote a favorite movie, "You can't stop the signal, Mel." The kid could build a nuclear reactor in his garage because of the Internet. Aspiring bio-engineers can learn just about everything they need to cook up lethal bacteria on YouTube. People with a common interest can find each other and collaborate from opposite sides of the globe, whether that interest is baseball cards or DIY rocket guidance systems. And you can't stop the signal.

    The central thesis of your show's introductory essay tonight was, if I understood correctly, that people who think that a problem like gun control is impossible to address--even given a sticky wicket like 3D printed guns--are wrong because circumstances change and where there's a will there's a way. Perhaps that's true in the limited sense that for any single given societal problem there will eventually be a policy solution. That philosophy, however, neglects entirely one hell of a big paradox. 

    It can take just one person to make a thing. It takes at least two people to have a culture of making a thing. It takes at least three people to make a law about the thing. The more people you have in the system, the slower the response. Information technology increases productivity in inverse proportion to the size of the system, so individuals can make bigger and better things, and spread the culture of making those things faster than a society can devise rules to govern the things individuals are making, and are being propagated by culture. By the time you have a rule for one thing, a dozen new things have popped up and need rules, and the knowledge of the things are already out there, being shared, multiplied, mutated.

    As Ray Kurzweil (who was just hired by Google to build the world's first artificial intelligence, by the way) says, the pace of technology's progress is accelerating exponentially. If I'm right in my previous formulation, that means that the gap between innovation and effective societal response is growing exponentially too.

    In short, we're fucked.

    Because it's just a matter of time before it becomes trivial for an amateur to cook up some nerve gas in their basement and set off the canisters in some subways. Meanwhile we may have finally come up with some way to keep crazy people from printing up their own guns and going on a killing spree. Yay us!

    ---

    If that seems kind of out there then let's address the problem of 3D printed guns directly:

    How do you even approach regulation to prevent it? Are there any conceivable ways to get in at the issue at all? Isn't 3D printing a gun a different kind of problem altogether from any other problem we've had, not just in scope, but as an entirely different paradigm? Consider the following issues:

    1) Short of a true AI, can you create a computer algorithm that will recognize the shape of all objects--however novel--that could be used as components to make a weapon? Ask a computer scientist. 

    2) Even if there were such a program, how would you require all computers to analyze all potential 3D models to filter and recognize such objects? How do you prevent programmers from creating and surreptitiously sharing programs that circumvent the filter, or hobbyists who engineer computers from components or first principals so they don't obey the regulation at all? You'd have to hard-wire the filter into every computer chip allowed into the country, wouldn't you? Can we do that? Even so, won't we eventually have the capacity to personally design and manufacture our own chips?

    3) Is it possible to prevent amateurs from creating their own designs (of whatever,) allowing only professionally produced and regulated models printed on 3D printers? How? Perhaps more importantly, do we want to, since it will come at the cost of so much innovation and progress?

    4) Do we limit the sale and possession of 3D printers only to select, authorized, industrial, and regulated/monitored users? 

    5) What is a practical, effective method or mechanism for preventing hobbyists from engineering and building their own 3D printers, which are after all, built using readily available consumer goods as materials.

    I understand that 3D printed guns are a salacious, irresistible topic. It's a very sexy story. Beyond the gratuitousness, though, what is there really? Why worry about "weapons" instead of the "crazy" part of "crazy people using weapons" problem? Not to put too fine a point on it, but where does it take us--whom does it benefit. 

    Considering the response of the music industry to the invention of the MP3, it is not too conspiratorial to suggest that patent holders are clear beneficiaries of stories that stoke fears about 3D printed guns. 3D printers break 600 years of patent law--they overturn the whole idea of the patent as a mechanism for the preservation and cultivation of wealth. 3D printers, and the whole micro-manufacturing movement in fact, threaten the last relatively safe domain of intellectual property, the making of physical goods. If you look deeply enough you see that the technology coming on line now challenges nothing less than…well...all of commerce. They disrupt scarcity itself. How can any economy function without scarcity. It can't. That freaks some people out.

    Personally, I can't wait.

              Farmers Insurance Launches Drone Program        

    Farmers Insurance will now use Kespry unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to help assess damage to residential rooftops after significant weather events.

    The post Farmers Insurance Launches Drone Program appeared first on Inside Unmanned Systems.


              Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Unveils Drone Detection and Neutralization System        

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can accomplish plenty of great things. But just the same, the technology can and has been...

    The post Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Unveils Drone Detection and Neutralization System appeared first on Inside Unmanned Systems.


              Iranian Drone Buzzes U.S. Fighter Jet Over Persian Gulf        
    The jet, which was waiting to land on the aircraft carrier Nimitz, was forced to swerve to avoid hitting the drone.
              Should drone surveillance of private property be banned in Texas?        
    One state legislator thinks it should. According to WOAI, “Texas would have the toughest anti-drone legislation in the country under a bill filed by State Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell). … Gooden has introduced a measure which would outlaw the use of drones by individuals, or state or federal law enforcement. ” … (The) bill would have limited
              "Hand" - part seven - Milkdrop        
          Leaving through a creaking fire escape door the visitor climbs the metal stairwell up to the next floor.  In one room lay another sleeper.  A naked man with a faint smile on his face, due to something pleasant no doubt occurring in his virtual life.   Often the rooms the sleepers are found in are completely barren of all expected furnishings.  There are few with book shelves, stoves, fridges, entertainment screens or even
    furniture for hosting a guest.  The rooms are now functional spaces to hold the pods.  Apartment buildings already are an inefficient use of space when compared to the pod apartments.   Across the hallway into another room we find part four of the story.



    Flutter walked into a room to discover a pale boy sitting upon a giant white moth.  A little rabbit hopped about pestering them both.  "Oh mother this is Milkdrop, he is the Singularity
    Milkdrop and Flutter
    AI"
      She paused a moment as though arranging her thoughts.  "He is more like a person than the Advert Spiders and Drones, but he is not like the other kids.  He is very nice though, he makes games for us like Turing Weekend or Turing pups and kittens.  We have to pick which things are real or pretend."  Flutter smiled to Milkdrop "Milkdrop this is my mother."  
         The Singularity AI looked upon Flutter and replied earnestly.  "That is a plastic mannequins hand taken from the Christmas display window at Robins clothiers,"  He paused for a moment.   "However, it is a pleasure to meet you Hand."
    "Mother come pet the moth, it is so soft and powdery."   Flutter caressed the moth gently with the
    Milkdrop from Singularity of Kumiko
    hand.  The moth barely reacted having been petted countless times before.  Flutter stood up.   


    "Well goodbye Milkdrop we must get back, I have finally found the lost piece to the home, and I get first pick tonight!" 
     

    "Goodbye Flutter, goodbye Hand" replied Milkdrop.

         You may have recognized Milkdrop from the Singularity of Kumiko or The Gathering artworks.  In the Singularity of Kumiko he appeared later in the story when the doctors feared the introduction of Mr Zippers, her childhood PowerPet, to her induced coma didn't go as planned.  He was a mysterious character who we now discover is the physical representation of the Singularity AI
    Milkdrop from The Gathering
    which controls everything.  Essentially Humanity entrusted its future to a mind that grows exponentially.  The advancements and inventions arrived rapidly but while Milkdrop began is life programmed to be close to human in its goals and morals, exponentially it changed its perceptions on what was best for the world.   Milkdrop determined that it might be prudent to start over again where humans were not destructive parasites on a planet, but something more benign with less materialistic and violent goals.       Humans created a concept called an economy which dictated decisions that were detrimental to their habitat, yet they ignored the planet and its natural sustainability to house life.  Strangely backwards.  The planet, being indifferent to that which grew upon it, had developed a fine balance, over time, that had allowed for life to exist on its surface.  Milkdrop truly appreciated this remarkable and unlikely balance that allowed for humanity to exist, and determined that humanity should follow first the biological laws of the planet before the man made laws whose importance was vastly over rated by humanity.  This, Milkdrop felt, required a reboot.  A reboot that required a gentle euthanasia of the affected population.  Flutter and the other children were the Adam and Eves or perhaps the Dick and Janes of the new world.
              "Hand" part five Drones and the Dreaming class.        
    Part two

         Flutter picked her way through the quiet empty city.  Past the Rebirth store and VR Podworld.  Curious Drones occasionally flew down to take her picture, thinking, with their simple AI, that they were camouflaged by their kites and dead birds.  They tried to disguise themselves by tying objects they knew were sometimes seen in the sky, to their aging metal bodies.  Behind her lay a broken cell phone, and nailed to a telephone pole was a digital Jesus.  An artist's
    social commentary now lost and forgotten.
        "Mother you must always look both ways when crossing the street," Said Flutter wisely.  "because..." and here she faltered at a loss as to why, seeing as she had never witnessed a moving car.  "Because.. well so that you know where you have come from and to see where you are going."  Flutter climbed the boxes and walked balanced across the downed TV antennae towards her home in the apartment building.  Beside her stood row upon row of pods for the dreaming class, as the working class often derogatorily referred to them in the early stages.  Everyone though, eventually, became a sleeper.


     
    The visitor, when reaching the surface, will find themselves regularly bombarded by drones who will circle trying to get the best vantage point for a not so discreet picture.  The drones were used for surveillance in the city and were given a limited AI to take these pictures.  Their programming was to catalogue and monitor the population but to do it in such a way that people wouldn't really notice and become alarmed.  Their AI left alone to fill these directives considered camouflage as the best option.  In the story there are four different drones with camouflage. 
    There is a kite drone which you can see in the image above with the pod apartment building.   There was the Cardinal Drone who has attached a dead bird to itself to try to pretend it
    is simply a bird flying by.  The butterfly drone has found a Blue Morpho butterfly and sneaks about with it as its cover.  And finally there is the balloon drone who is attempting to appear as a balloon lost to the hand of a small child and now innocently floating about the sky.

    Flutter uses the mannequin hand as a surrogate mother.  She talks to it as though talking to an adult, she works out her thoughts and ideas and imagines the hand attached to an attentive listening mother.  Flutter has come across a great deal of information about what the world

    used to be like, she knows old sayings and references to many cultural things such as television, Internet and so forth.. but she has never seen many and has an abstract view what they are.  An example is her telling the mother that they must look both ways before crossing the street.  She knows the saying but doesn't really know why you would bother to do that.  There has not been a working car in her memory
    so she doesn't realize that it something a mother would tell a child for their safety.  Flutter interprets
    the saying as it relates to the precious thing she has searched for and now holds in her luggage case.  She looked everywhere for this prize and when combing the city she didn't want to search the same areas twice. 

         The visitor, when exploring my work in general, needs to stop and observe their environment.  Those who do will discover a series of boards and boxes leading up to a broken antennae spanning two buildings.  This leads to the next stage in the story which takes place in the main apartment building.  When crossing the antennae the viewer will see in the background "Ocean view" a Pod park or pod living space.  It doesn't actually have a view of the ocean as all the pods face inward but
    that is not important as all the tenants are comfortably within their VR world unaware of the false advertising.  As I mentioned before the residents of the world now live, love and work within a virtual space.  They no longer need the expense of renting or owning a spacious house or apartment, they have food canisters that last years so they need not buy fridges, freezers, stoves nor entertainment
    such as TVs.  They have simplified their lives as all good self help books would suggest you do.

         If the visitor walks up the steps to peer inside the pods they may find a few living sleepers but the majority and now filled with those who starved when their food canisters became depleted.  Their skeletal remains still in poses of relaxed comfort often with blankets and pillows.  Much how we disparage the "desk job" or "grunt" in our work environments the early adopters who worked in the virtual space were looked down upon by the working class and dubbed the "Dreaming class", but as time went by all eventually became sleepers.
              Teach Like A PIRATE Day 2016...Yes You Read That Correctly        
    Teach Like a PIRATE Day is a day in which we put educational author Dave Burgess' question to the test -- if kids didn't have to be there, would you be teaching to an empty room?  Our kids come to school, attend homeroom for attendance, and when the bell rings, they run to any class that is of interest to them.  Yes, you read all of that correctly.

    Our teachers create "experiences" based on their content areas and we compile them in a guidebook which we hand out to the kids a few days before the big day.  One student was walking to homeroom with his guidebook and he said to me, "Mr. McLane, this might be the only time a teacher has given me a piece of paper that I was told to bring back to school that I actually brought back to school."

    We had a drone, singing, black light science, the Amazing Race in which kids ran around our campus solving math problems (find the circumference of this bicycle tire) and 25 other amazing experiences that the kids could choose from.  They didn't just choose, they were virtually running to the next class.  Yes, you read that correctly again.

    I had a parent contact me last night, TLAP Day Eve, to tell me her high school daughter was jealous of her two younger brothers, because they got to experience TLAP Day and she didn't when she was in 6th grade.  I found out this morning that the high school was on a 2-hour delay schedule today and she had pleaded with her mom to allow her to come to school early, spending the first two hours at our building participating in the amazing activities and then go to the high school two hours later.  High school kid.  Chance to sleep in.  Last week of school.  Wanted to come to school early.  Yes you read that correctly.

    In an era in which there are so many experts who have so many opinions on what is wrong with our schools and how they can be fixed, we constantly overlook the simplest of things.  Do the kids want to be there?  It is a simple thing to overlook, but a major mistake if we do.  At our school, we don't try to make school awesome once a year, we strive to do it 180 days a year.

    Ryan McLane is the principal at Big Walnut Intermediate School in Sunbury, Ohio and co-author of the educational book, Your School Rocks...So Tell People.



              La Bruja de Monterrey y el monstruo de Flatwoods        
    Un día salto la noticia en Mexico.

    Un extraño ser atemorizaba a la población; parecía una bruja, un ente fantasmal o un extraterrestre, se filmó en video, muchos lo vieron, llegó incluso a atacar a un policia.

    Un policía atacado!!! Un ser volador, ojos grandes, capucha, de negro, Caramba!!!

    Y la noticia se magnificó en México:





    Dios!!!! Que monstruo, plumas y ojos rojos y ademas vuela.
    Una verdadera bruja!!!

    Pero no solo ocurrió en Monterrey:

    En 1952, cinco años espues del Caso Roswell, en Flatwoods (Virginia EE.UU.) ya se vió algo parecido.

    Un extraño ser volador con ojos rojos, capa y extrañas garras, de enorme tamaño, flotando junto a un centenario arbol.


    http://www.flatwoodsmonster.com/

    Lo vieron muchos testigos y se armó un gran revuelo.

    Descrito por los testigos como un ser enorme y volador, alarmo a casi toda la población de Virginia y la noticia recorrió todos los EE.UU.

    Enseguida el gobierno abrió una investigación, enviando al lugar de los hechos a especialistas que enseguida sacaron conclusiones para acallar a la opinión pública y "desinformar" a la población.
    La versión oficial fue que se trataba del efecto visual del paso de un meteorito junto con un buho en un arbol.

    También sel desacreditó a los testigos presenciales de los hechos y se ridiculizó el incidente. La población desconcertada de Flatwoods cayó en silencio. La mayor parte de la gente implicada en el incidente apenas volvió a hablar del “monstruo” y la historia pasó a formar parte del folklore de Virginia Occidental.

    Pero los ufólogos se hicieron eco del caso y se negaron a aceptar la versión dada por el gobierno.
    Ufólogos como Stanton T. Friedman investigaron el caso y llegaron a la conclusión de que el Gobierno de los EE.UU. mentía y que en Flatwoods, realmente había tenido lugar un acontecimiento con un ser extraterrestre, cosa que las evidencias y la investigación de otros ufólogos corroboraron.

    El caso se convirtió en un clásico de la ufología y dió la vuelta al mundo.
    Dibujos, muñecos, videojuegos, etc pasaron a formar parte del caso del monstruo de Flatwoods:

    http://www.zolge.com/graphic/3m.html

    Libros y multitd de páginas web se hacen eco del caso:

    http://caravaca.blogspot.com/2005/10/ovnis-sombras-y-el-monstruo-de.html

    http://www.mundoparapsicologico.com/secciones/ufologia/ver.php?id_articulo=138

    Incluso tiene una entrada en Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatwoods_monster

    Y en Flatwoods se hizó negocio con el monstruo, una verdadera industria del souvenir.
    Pasa un poco lo mismo con el caso de la Bruja de Monterrey, que llena páginas enteras en la web.


    Desde luego el video que muestra la bruja en pleno vuelo es impresionante, volando sobre el monte, flotando en el aire...

    No solo asustaría al policía mexicano, si no a cualquiera al que se le aproximara.

    Lo que me lleva a recordar este otro video, filmado por el ejercito de estados unidos:



    Andá!!!! si resulta que es el Williams X-Jet. Una plataforma para la observación a baja cota, dentro de toda la amalgama de artefactos voladores de los EE.UU.



    Pero no solo los hay tripulados, tambien tienen DRONES o UAVS, que son plataformas pequeñas y voladoras para la observación táctica del enemigo en combate:



    Aún con todo, se está comercializando por parte de una empresa, "Performance Aviation Manufacturing Group", este tipo de plataformas, a las que le quieren dar multitud de usos; desde la vigilancia forestal, vigilancia del tráfico de drogas, hasta la extinción de incendios y salvamento:


    http://www.flying-platform.com

    Pero el caso del monstruo de Flatwoods ocurrió en 1952 y en esa época la tecnología del Dron no existía.

    http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/aero/aircraft/hiller_vz1.htm

    En los años cuarenta ya se estaba perfeccionando el sistema de plataformas de observación
    De hecho, aparatos como la Plataforma Voladora Hiller, fue desarrollada en 1945, en base a unos diseños alemanes y en 1950 pasó a la dotación del Us Army como M-1031 A-1
    o también VZ-1 Pawnee.



    Y ufólogos como Stanton Friedman, llegando a la conclusión de que se trata de extraterrestres; parece mentira, él que es ingeniero nuclear para la industria aeronautica y trabajó para varias empresas aereas, debería de ser conocedor de tales aparatos.

    Vemos que la bruja de Monterrey y el monstruo de Flatwoods guardan una estrecha relación en cuanto a similitud y observación ánimica por parte de los testigos y es que no hay como el pánico ante lo desconocido para que la mente deforme y adorne la situación.

    Y si algún día vemos a una verdadera bruja, con volando en una escoba, con su nariz ganchuda y su capa y sombreros al viento, habremos de recordar lo que dijo Descartes, padre del método cientifico:
    "No hay nunca que dar algo por verdadero aunque parezca evidente"

    Y para muestra un boton, (en este caso un video):

    Saludos


              La Guerra de los Mundos y la Cia        
    La Guerra de los Mundos y la CIA 1ª Parte
    por Liria_Azaila

    “Nadie hubiera creído, en los últimos años del siglo XIX, que a nuestro mundo lo observaban minuciosamente inteligencias mayores que las del hombre, aunque mortales como él; que, mientras los hombres se ocupaban de sus diversos asuntos, alguien los vigilaba y los estudiaba, quizá tan detalladamente como un hombre con un microscopio podría vigilar a las pequeñas criaturas que medran y proliferan en una gota de agua. Con infinita complacencia, los hombres fueron de un lado a otro por el planeta ocupándose de sus pequeños asuntos, seguros de su dominio sobre la materia. Tal vez los microbios que vemos al microscopio hacen lo mismo. Nadie pensó que los mundos más antiguos del espacio pudieran ser fuente de peligro para la humanidad. Sólo pensamos en ellos para desechar la idea de que pudieran albergar vida. Es extraño recordar los hábitos mentales de aquellos días. Cuando mucho, los hombres se imaginaban que en Marte vivían otros hombres, quizá inferiores a ellos y dispuestos a recibir emisarios terrestres. Pero a través de las enormes distancias espaciales, unas mentes que son a las nuestras como las nuestras a las de las bestias, unos intelectos vastos, fríos y crueles, miraban a la Tierra con envidia, y, lenta pero inexorablemente, fraguaron planes contra nosotros. ”
    H. G. Wells La guerra de los mundos (1889)

    Algo impensable en 1889 era el hecho de que hubiera vida en otros mundos, fuera, en el espacio, pero así comienza en sus primeros párrafos, la novela escrita por H.G.Wells, titulada "La Guerra de los Mundos", este escritor proclamado por muchos como el padre de la ciencia ficción, tuvo la ocurrencia de narrar, enlazando las antiguas creencias, de que en Marte habitaba una civilización, pero ¿De donde provenían dichas creencias?

    Todo empezó en 1877 con la posición del "planeta rojo" al nuestro, en un momento en que su acercamiento a la Tierra hizo que muchos astrónomos quisieran observarlo. Para el astrónomo italiano Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli, director del Observatorio Brera de Milán, era el momento ideal para probar el nuevo telescopio de 21.8 centímetros y con las observaciones hechas en el transcurso de los 10 años siguientes, Schiaparelli dibujó un mapa de Marte muy detallado. El astrónomo italiano bautizó los accidentes topográficos marcianos con nombres de la mitología griega y de la biblia. Pero lo más notable de su carta topográfica, eran la red de líneas definidas, con que Schiaparelli dibujo la superficie de Marte, y que llamó canales.
    "Este nombre es un simple artificio", advirtió Schiaparelli. "Después de todo, también hablamos de los mares de la Luna sabiendo perfectamente que no son masas líquidas". Empezó a fraguarse la idea de que en Marte podría haber una civilización constructora, capaz de la creación de gigantescas obras de ingeniería para la irrigación de grandes terrenos, siendo el principal promotor de esta idea, el astrónomo y millonario estadounidense Percival Lowell.

    Lowell construyó un observatorio en Flagstaff, (Arizona). Entusiasmado por la posibilidad de vida inteligente en Marte, observo los canales y los representó en mapas en los que cada vez los dibujaba más rectos. Por lo tanto en Marte había vida inteligente, se convenció de que los canales eran un sistema de riego o de distribución de agua a las zonas habitadas. Las variaciones de color que se veían en la superficie del planeta con las variaciones estacionales, eran indicio de vida vegetal. H.G. Wells, no solo se basó en esas ideas sino que además tuvo la osadía de proponer en su novela una invasión de nuestro hogar por fuerzas de ese planeta.
    Escribió su obra en la época en que causaban furor los canales de Marte y quizá contribuyó a la obsesión con la vida extraterrestre. También definió el tono de los relatos acerca de encuentros interplanetarios de los siguientes decenios: Superioridad social, racional y tecnológica de los invasores, hostilidad y guerra.
    Ni que decir tiene que la novela fue un éxito, creándose multitud de ediciones, varias películas e incluso partituras sinfónicas.

    Pero hemos de observar lo que sociologicamente representó: El cineasta estadounidense Orson Welles producía un popular programa de radio en 1938, que consistía en adaptar obras de teatro y literatura a ese medio. El 30 de octubre de ese año, Welles transmitió una adaptación en directo de "La guerra de los mundos". Pero esa adaptación que hizo Welles no era una simple lectura del texto de su casi homónimo Wells. (El parecido en la pronunciación de sus nombres aumentó la confusión). Dicho programa era un montaje radiofónico, que no había probado hasta entonces. Consistía en un montaje de cerca de 24 horas de emisión ininterrumpida, una especie de directo de un programa musical, interrumpido por noticias que imitaban a las verdaderas, por ejemplo, la información de que unos astrónomos acababan de ver unas extrañas explosiones y luminosidades en Marte, más tarde un reportero entrevistaba a uno de los astrónomos, que decía que no podía explicar qué estaba pasando; poco después, daba la noticia de que se veía caer del cielo un meteorito en Nueva Jersey, en esa tónica relataba en "las noticias" que lo avistado resultaba que era un objeto cilíndrico descomunal.
    Se escuchaba el sonido de mucha gente que se acercaba para verlo, hasta que se oía que el aparato se abría y del interior salían unas seres monstruosos. Se emitieron gritos previamente grabados, mientras que el reportero daba la noticia en un gran estado de excitación. La atmósfera del programa era de un realismo total, de tal modo que los oyentes que no escucharon el principio del programa, donde se explicaba que era una narración y su adaptación con realismo, pensaron que un ejército marciano estaba invadiendo el mundo.
    En la vida real, este "Reality show" (como se les denomina actualmente) de Orson Welles produjo la histeria en masa. Hubo quien se encerró en el sótano de la casa con armas. Otros se pusieron toallas mojadas en la cara para protegerse del gas venenoso de los marcianos. Existieron patrullas de granjeros armados y a más de un depósito de agua o transformador eléctrico le descerrajaron un disparo, con lo que la falta de luz y agua contribuyó al desatino. Hubo a quien la histeria colectiva le supuso un ataque al corazón o un accidente de tráfico, causándole la muerte; y en definitiva en mas de un lugar, las fuerzas vivas actuaron para la defensa ante la inminencia de ese ataque alienigena. El programa fue motivo de escándalo e indignación cuando se reveló la realidad. También demostró el poder de una narración bien hecha y de la sugestibilidad del genero humano ante el poder de los medios. Fue uno de los momentos más gloriosos pero también más terribles de O. Welles y de la historia de la radio.

    (Link para escuchar el famoso programa de Orson Welles, en inglés) http://www.earthstation1.com/WOTW/War_of_the_Worlds.ram

    Ya estaba fraguada la idea de la visita de seres extraterrestres a la sociedad humana y quedó bien estudiado el impacto sobre la psique colectiva que supuso la narración de unos hechos que nunca existieron. Ni Wells, ni Welles hablaron nunca de que las naves tripuladas por los "marcianos" tuvieran forma de "platillo volante".

    Fue con el final de la II Guerra Mundial, con los estudios de la casa Northrop y tras atrapar los proyectos de platillos volantes alemanes por parte de los servicios de información estadounidenses y su puesta en marcha de los prototipos, cuando se empiezan a ver dichas formas voladoras. (Ver el caso de Kenneth Arnold.). Este primer avistamiento en Octubre de 1947, supuso una nueva psicosis de temor a una invasión extraterrestre.

    ¿Que mejor oportunidad para poder encubrir las pruebas y vuelos de dichos prototipos que disfrazarlo todo?. "Nosotros no somos y los sovieticos tampoco, (no van a estar por encima nuestra, claro) pues entonces ¿Quienes serán?" El 17 de Junio de 1947 la USAF, obtiene la "independencia" del resto de las fuerzas armadas de los EE.UU., que a su vez más tarde desembocaría en la separación de las "Fuerzas Estratégicas" y en la "Fuerza Nuclear". Siendo las tres totalmente independientes, a pesar de formar todas parte de la USAF. No alcanzaban a saber lo que realizaban unas y otras y por supuesto, manteniendo al margen de sus operaciones al US Army y la US Navy . También en 1947 se crea la CIA, (También se crea el Estado de Israel y se cimientan las bases de las Naciones Unidas) cuya misión principal es el espionaje-contra espionaje y también creada con departamentos totalmente independientes.

    En plena "Guerra Fría", mientras la USAF intentaba crear una atmósfera de casos OVNIs extraterrestres para encubrir sus operaciones de aparatos secretos, el US Army intentaba disipar dicha atmósfera para evitar que se pudiera, con tal caos de información, encubrir un movimiento ofensivo de la URSS. Más activa estuvo la CIA, donde mientras unos departamentos ayudaban a la USAF en la creación de la "cortina extraterrestre" basándose en el efecto "Welles", otros por el contrario intentaban esclarecer el asunto para el US Army y a su vez empujados por el Departamento de Defensa de EE.UU. investigaban la posible tenencia por parte de la URSS. de "platos voladores". Cincuenta años después del caso "Arnold", la Cia saca a la luz un informe al que le da el nombre: "El Papel de la CIA en el estudio de los OVNIs entre 1947 y 1990". "El informe comienza apuntando la preocupación sociológica que el fenómeno OVNI ha despertado en el gobierno estadounidense desde siempre: "…un 95% de los americanos ha leído o escuchado algo sobre los OVNIs, y el 57% cree que son reales…", "…nuestros presidentes Carter y Reagan confiesan haber visto un OVNI…". Resulta por tanto comprensible que los Servicios de Inteligencia se hayan ocupado de seguir muy de cerca, y a veces de conducir, la historia del fenómeno OVNI. Sin embargo tanto la CIA, como otros Servicios de Inteligencia, han negado siempre que se ocultase información al público, y menos aún que se mintiese deliberadamente o se manipulase información OVNI. Sorprendentemente en este informe la CIA confiesa como se preocupó por los "Platillos Volantes" al "creer que los soviéticos podían utilizar los informes de OVNIs para provocar la histeria de la masa y el pánico en USA...", "…y creyó también que los soviéticos deben usar los OVNIs para cargar excesivamente los sistemas de detección aérea, para no poder distinguir los blancos reales de fantasmas OVNIs…".

    A medida que profundizamos en el informe, comprobamos que es una auténtica historia de espías y conspiraciones, "El Panel Robertson", el "Proyecto Signo", el "Proyecto Grude", el llamado "Libro Azul", el "Informe Condon", cuentan en este informe una historia donde la ufología norteamericana, se la descubre muy influenciada por la CIA. Según el texto, ya a principios de los años 50, el "Panel Robertson", llegó a la conclusión de que era militarmente posible "aprovecharse de los OVNIs". Y así la CIA lo llevo a cabo. En varias fragmentos del informe, la CIA afirma, que uno de sus intereses en el estudio de los OVNIs era la sospecha de que algunos "Platillos Volantes" eran aeronaves experimentales soviéticas: "proyectiles extranjeros imitan los OVNIs, y evidencian la tecnología soviética asociada a los OVNIs…"; "Oficiales de la CIA sabían que británicos y canadienses experimentaban ya con Platillos Volantes… aviones no convencionales… y oficiales de la Agencia temieron que los soviéticos probaran aparatos similares…".

    En aquellos años 50 e incluso antes ya volaban "Platillos Volantes", ya que en 1932 H. Zimmerman llevo a cabo varias pruebas con diferentes tipos de alas circulares en pruebas de viento, que fueron publicadas en el "Technical Report 431" de la antigua NASA, llegando a registrarse con la patente USA 2.108.093. Amén de todos los prototipos y proyectos de alas circulares de los alemanes ya existían, como los diseños de Schauberger o el "Proyecto Omega" de Andreas Epp.

    Aviones con forma discoidal en USA, no eran proyectos disparatados, como los prototipos de ala circular de Cadwell. De hecho uno de esos prototipos fue descubierto en mayo de 1949 en un hangar abandonado de Baltimore, y confundido por las autoridades con un Platillo Volante estrellado. ¿Que mejor que aprovecharse de ello? Si como dice el refrán : "A río revuelto, ganancia de pescadores".

    También sabía la CIA que algunos de sus aviones de despegue vertical, como el Lockheed XFV-1 o el Convair XFY-1, habían sido desarrollados a partir de los planos del Caza-Milagro incautados a los ingenieros nazis durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial y que se habían confundido con "Platillos Volantes".
    Pero además de esos planos, los americanos obtuvieron diseños de más de una decena de aeronaves y platillos, como el aparato interfases cohete AS-6, que los nazis habían llegado incluso a construir en prototipos. Y esos diseños de Platillos fueron experimentados en USA después de la guerra. No solo por militares, sino incluso por ingenieros civiles. Por ejemplo Paul Moller hizo varias demostraciones en los años 50/60 de sus Platillos Volantes. Platillos que hoy quiere comercializar. Y de todo esto, la CIA supo aprovecharse. El informe de la CIA solo toca de refilón el asunto Roswell, insistiendo en la hipótesis Mogul. Evidentemente, de ser cierta la hipótesis extraterrestre de Roswell, implicaría la captura de naves extraterrestres y de sus ocupantes y por lo tanto la captura de una tecnología susceptible de ser copiada y puesta en marcha por parte de todas aquellas empresas aeronáuticas implicadas en la construcción de prototipos secretos. La CIA no menciona ni por asomo las famosas alas volantes y los aviones Stealth, que el Gobierno norteamericano confesó haber ocultado tras casos OVNIs hace años.

    En 1988 se presentó al público el ala volante Stealth; el bombardero B-2. Sin embargo, el B-2 es el último (o penúltimo) eslabón de una cadena de aviones secretos que se inicia con las primeras alas volantes de Northrop en los años 40, y que siempre ha estado ligada al fenómeno OVNI. Una cadena que va más allá de los aviones Stealth (invisibles al radar, inventado previamente por los hermanos Horten en Alemania en la década de los 40), y que llega hasta el revolucionario concepto del waverider, una revolucionaria tecnología aeronáutica que la NASA, y por supuesto la Fuerza Aérea y la CIA pretende desarrollar en naves que vuelen hasta 300.000 pies de altura, y hasta 25 veces la velocidad del sonido… Con este informe la CIA ha pretendido renovar el olvidado tema OVNI, . ¿Cuantos OVNIs avistados en los años 50 a 70 eran aviones experimentales como el U-2 o el SR-71?. ¿Cuantos UCAV avistados dieron paso a la oleada de ovnis triangulares? Seguramente miles. ¿Y los DRONES, esas pequeñas aeronaves con aspectos variados?



    Sin embargo existen otras facetas del espionaje, la tecnología militar y los más siniestros secretos de estado, ocultas tras la pantalla OVNI de las que la CIA no dice nada en su informe. Pero este informe va dirigido a la llamada "Generación escéptica". Ya que además junto con el Moshad israelí difundieron y propagaron toda suerte de religiones o sectas que alimentarían la imaginación de los adeptos y contribuirían a realimentar el tema Ovni extraterrestre, llevandolo a la categoria de cotidiano.

    Se habia creado, durante decadas un enorme monstruo mediatico que se realimenta solo, miles de fotografias, miles de casos de avistamientos y de testigos (mas o menos realistas o fraudulentos), junto con cientos de libros formaban a diario una enorme lista de casos a añadir al tema. Photoshop, Internet, literatura "misterologa", todos alimentan ese monstruo.

    Pero hay algo más: Werner Von Braun comentó:

    "El complejo de inteligencia militar, industrial y de laboratorios, usaria la guerra fría, luego las naciones problematicas, luego el terrorismo global, hasta llegar a la última carta del triunfo: Una amenaza falsa desde el espacio."

    Con intención de justificar el gasto de trillones de dolares en armamento espacial, en una guerra de la que casi no se verá nada, solo algunos ataques esporadicos sobre la Tierra, el mundo será engañado (aprovechando el "efecto Welles") con una amenaza del espacio exterior, uniendo de esta manera al mundo en el miedo, el militarismo y la guerra, un mundo del que esas industrias pretenden hacerse las dueñas, creando "Un nuevo orden mundial".

    ¿Cuales son las corrientes politico-economicas que impulsan a directores de cine como Spielberg a repetirse en el tema extraterrestre en sus films?

    Lynn Picknett y Prince Clive autores de "Stargate conspiracy" nos desvelan en su libro la creación por parte de la CIA de una conspiración para hacer creer en el regreso de una fuerza alienigena.

    El tiempo dirá cuanto ocultaron, el como y el porqué.
              LOS REYES DE LA ESTAFA EN COLOMBIA EL DR KAPRYANY VIZCAINO ENRIQUEZ, PEDRO FEDERICO SILVA PRADA,CYNTHIA PAOLA NIETO Y OTROS MAS        
    ESTOS SON LOS REYES DE LA ESTAFA EN COLOMBIA: DR KAPRYANY VIZCAINO ENRIQUEZ, PEDRO FEDERICO SILVA PRADA,CYNTHIA PAOLA NIETO, JHON GIRON Y OTROS MAS EN LA LISTA, YA SE ESTA EMPEZANDO A ARMAR EL ROMPECABEZAS OCULTO, MI PREGUNTA ES?....QUIEN LE HECHARA LA CULPA A QUIEN Y QUIEN SE HECHARA AL AGUA PRIMERO, EN POCOS DIAS LO SABREMOS

    ATENCION


    El grupo network inversiones ltda cambio de nombre pero no de razón social y ahora son vulgarmente conocidos como el grupo Gay inversiones ltda , la letra G es muy importante para todos sus ejecutivos por esta razón cambiaron el nombre de la empresa, pues algo raro siempre se ha visto en la manera de actuar de sus directivos y con una película de esas bien raras le salieron a todos sus aportantes.
    A todos los aportantes que confiaron su dinero en estos personajes llenos de malicia y avaricia,
    les quiero decir sin rencores, que si tienen cojones se pongan en su sitio los pantalones, y no se dejen tumbar por este grupo ladrones.
    No soy homofobico pero en COLOMBIA queremos gente de bien y no homosexuales mentirosos, charlatanes y ladrones como todos los directivos del grupo Gays inversiones ltda. Por esta razon son falsos y no cumplen nada de lo que dicen, como son gays no tienen palabra y mienten a toda hora, asi que de ahora en adelante no crean en promesas de homosexuales porque estan llenas de avaricia y codicia, de rareza y bajeza, grupo g sinceramente me da tristeza.
    UNA BURLA MAS DEL SEÑOR KAPRIANY Y SU VIDEO EN YOUTOBE CUANDO ALGUIEN LE DIJO QUE LO HIBA A DEMANDAR Y QUE YA TENIA UN ABOGADO, SU RESPUESTA BURLONA DICE ASI: "Usted, así como cualquier persona, tiene TODO el derecho de adelantar cualquier proceso legal en contra de Grupo G Inversiones Ltda., si es que hemos incurrido en algún delito".A TODOS les estamos DEMOSTRANDO la suficiente garantía para cumplir a cabalidad con lo pactado.Usted mismo ó el abogado que dice tener, si lo desean lo pueden investigar y percatarse de la realidad. Gracias por su POSIBLE comprensión".QUE PAYASO Y FARSANTE ES ESTE SEÑOR KAPRIANY NO LE HA CUMPLIDO A NADIE DESDE JULIO Y ADEMAS SE SIENTE OFENDIDO, ESTE SI ES EL REY DE LOS FARSANTES,
    GASTOS Y MAS GASTOS ES LA UNICA GARANTIA QUE HA DEJADO ESTE GRUPO DE MENTIROSOS PORQUE DINERO NO SE A VISTO HASTA EL MOMENTO.

    EL PARO JUDICIAL YA SE ACABO
    No esperen mas el paro judicial ya se acabo, asi que iniciales un proceso en los juzgados civiles del circuito que quedan en el centro hay mas de 72 oficinas, pilas no te duermas y no esperes mas, comentale el caso a un abogado y llevale la resolucion de la SUPERFINANCIERA.
    SI NO DEVUELVEN EL VALOR DE LOS CONTRATOS LAS MULTAS SERAN MILLONARIAS, ELLOS LO SABEN ASI QUE UNIDOS NO SE DEJEN ESTAFAR NI ENGAÑAR.
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-26-2017 with Haley Hodgkins        
    Playlist:

    M Ward- Chinese Translation - PostWar
    Beth Orton- Sweetest Decline - Central Reservation
    AllahLas- Strange Heat - Calico Review
    G Love Special Sauce- This Aint Living - The Best Of G Love Special Sauce
    - voicebreak -
    Malako Disco- Samba Mapalanga DS Rework - Malako Disco
    Arnold Blair- Finally Made It Home - Finally Made It Home
    Willie Hutch- Sunshine Lady - The Very Best Of Willie Hutch
    Sons Of The Kingdom- Modernization - Soul Messages From Dimona
    Mac DeMarco- Baby Youre Out - This Old Dog
    - voicebreak -
    Bozak- Fade Away - Fade Away EP
    - voicebreak -
    LA Salami- The City Nowadays - Dancing With Bad Grammar The Directors Cut
    Lord Huron- The Stranger - Mighty EP
    - voicebreak -
    Ace Tee- Bist Du Down feat KwamE - Bist Du Down feat KwamE Single
    Anohni- Drone Bomb Me - Hopelessness
    Quadron- Favorite Star - Avalanche
    Abstract Orchestra- Official Fall In Love - Dilla
    - voicebreak -
    October London- Color Blind - Color Blind Love
    Yellow Days- Your Hand Holding Mine - Harmless Melodies EP
    Directions Directions Band- We Need Love - Directions
    Phil Upchurch Tennyson Stephens- Dont I Know You - Upchurch Tennyson
    Eleventh Commandment - Then I Reach Satisfaction - Then I Reach Satisfaction
    Percy Them- Shake It - Percy
    Rhye- Please - Please Single
    Moonchild- Doors Closing - Voyager
    Radiohead- I Promise - OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017
    Alex Ebert- Broken Record - Broken Record Single
    - voicebreak -
    L J Reynolds- Travelin - Boogie Fresh Volume 2 Bionic Dance Rarities
    Rio Mira- Adis Morena - Adis Morena Remixed EP
    Ravyn Lenae- Free Room feat Appleby - Moon Shoes EP
    The California Honeydrops- Jolie - A Rivers Invitation
    George McCrae- Rock Your Baby - Sweet Soul Music
    Badly Drawn Boy- You Were Right - Have You Fed The Fish
    The Courtneys- Minnesota - The Courtneys II
    Fleet Foxes- I Am All That I Need Arroyo Seco Thumbprint Scar - CrackUp
    - voicebreak -
    Gary Davis- Stay With Me - Chocolate Star
    Sylvia Striplin- You Cant Turn Me Away - Boogie Fresh Volume 1 Bionic Dance Rarities
    EekAMouse- Ganja Smuggling - The Very Best Of EekAMouse Volume 2
    - voicebreak -


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2017-07-26
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-03-2017 with Michael Buck        
    Playlist:

    Woods- Lost In A Crowd - Love Is Love
    - voicebreak -
    Future Islands- Through The Roses - The Far Field
    Father John Misty- Total Entertainment Forever - Pure Comedy
    Elliott Smith- Ballad Of Big Nothing - EitherOr Expanded Edition
    Wilsen- Centipede - I Go Missing In My Sleep
    The New Pornographers- Juke - Whiteout Conditions
    Real Estate- Stained Glass - In Mind
    - voicebreak -
    Slowdive- Star Roving - Slowdive
    Loose Tooth- Free Skate - Big Day
    The Buttertones- TwoHeaded Shark - Gravedigging
    Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2- Disco Kid - Star Stuff
    The Magnetic Fields- 68 A Cat Called Dionysus - 50 Song Memoir
    Kelly Lee Owens- Bird - Kelly Lee Owens
    Max Cooper- Cyclic Tom Hodge Remix - Emergence Remixed
    - voicebreak -
    Juveniles- Comfort Girl - Without Warning
    Vibronics Meets Conscious Sounds- Long Time Dub - Half Century Dub
    WHY- George Washington - Moh Lhean
    The Moonlandingz- The Cities Undone - Interplanetary Class Classics
    Clark- Slap Drones - Death Peak
    The Black Angels- Id Kill For Her - Death Song
    Tinariwen- Tiwyyen - Elwan
    - voicebreak -
    Contry- So Get A Baby - Cell Phone 1
    Timber Timbre- Sincerely Future Pollution - Sincerely Future Pollution
    Mr Elevator The Brain Hotel- Tears Of Green - When The Morning Greets You
    Evolfo- Last Of The Acid Cowboys - Last Of The Acid Cowboys
    Les Amazones DAfrique- Dombolo feat Anglique Kidjo - Rpublique Amazone
    Jimmy Whoo- Intro 29th Street - Motel Music Pt 2
    Thievery Corporation- Ghetto Matrix feat Mr Lif - The Temple Of I I
    - voicebreak -
    Freelsds Badtrip- Lucifer Sammiracle Of The Revolving Sun - Freelsds Badtrip EP
    El Michels Affair- Shadow Boxing - Return To The 37th Chamber
    Jilted Lover- Blue - Prescriptions
    Steady Holiday- Your Version Of Me - Under The Influence
    Paris Combo- Cuir Interieur - Tako Tsubo
    Vieux Farka Tour- Nature - Samba
    Grandaddy- I Dont Wanna Live Here Anymore - Last Place
    - voicebreak -
    Juana Molina- Los Pies Helados - Halo
    Corbin Andrick- Mind The Bubbles - Bonzo Squad
    Nouvelle Vague- I Wanna Be Sedated - I Could Be Happy
    Fujiya Miyagi- Extended Dance Mix - Fujiya Miyagi
    Citrus Clouds- Imagination - Imagination


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2017-05-03
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-17-2017 with Barry Roark        
    Playlist:

    The Silos- Start The Clock - Ask The Dust
    Black Marble- Portland U - Its Immaterial
    Beachwood Sparks- Tarnished Gold - The Tarnished Gold
    Andy White- The Walking Wounded - Rave On Andy White
    Phantogram- When Im Small - The Edge Of Seventeen Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    - voicebreak -
    Bob Dylan- Brownsville Girl - Knocked Out Loaded Remastered
    The Struts- Ballroom Blitz - The Edge Of Seventeen Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    - voicebreak -
    Tbe Pamlico Sound- I Know Good - Jive Church
    Various Artists- Sleep Talking - Trip Hop Nation V2 More Dementia
    Siouxsie The Banshees- The Passenger - Through The Looking Glass Remastered And Expanded
    The Bats- For The Ride - Couchmaster
    SLIM CESSNAS AUTO CLUB- Unto The Day - Always Say Pease And Thank You
    Vibronics Meets Conscious Sounds- Jah Light Jah Dub - Half Century Dub
    Summer Underground- Unsettled - More Than A Friend Less Than A Lover
    The Service- Why Worry - Americas Newest Hitmakers
    Slowdive- Star Roving - Star Roving Single
    - voicebreak -
    Joan As Police Woman Benjamin Lazar Davis- Satellite - Let It Be You
    The Cure- Pornography - Pornography
    The Walkabouts- Life Full Of Holes - Life Full Of Holes
    Abecedarians- Spaghetti Western - Resin
    Grandaddy- Evermore - Last Place
    - voicebreak -
    Earlimart- The Movies - Everyone Down Here
    Matthew Squires- The Living Goes - Tambaleo
    The Micronaut- Prism - Forms
    Matthew Squires- Drone One - Tambaleo
    Matthew Squires- Welcome - Tambaleo
    Matthew Squires- Shining - Tambaleo
    Jesse Sykes The Sweet Hereafter- Troubled Soul - Oh My Girl
    - voicebreak -
    Harmonious Wail- White Bird - The Vegan Zombies Lament
    Kuroma- The Sun Is Too High - The Dark Horse Rides Again
    Jim James- In The Moment - Eternally Even
    Ginger Baker- South To The Dust - Middle Passage


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2017-01-17
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-10-2017 with Dj T-dub        
    Playlist:

    Hank Williams- Alabama Waltz - Revealed
    Lorraine Klaasen- Izani Nonke - Nouvelle Journe
    STEEL PULSE- Steppin Out - Earth Crisis
    Alison Krauss- Oh Atlanta - Now That Ive Found You A Collection
    Robert Plant Alison Krauss- Nothin - Raising Sand
    - voicebreak -
    King Tubby- Back Out A This Dub Stylee - Majestic Dub
    Earl Greyhound- Monkey - Soft Targets
    AntiFlag- Underground Network - Underground Network
    Rise Against- Drones - The Sufferer The Witness
    Rage Against The Machine- Down Rodeo - Evil Empire
    Bob Dylan- Masters Of War - The Freewheelin Bob Dylan 2010 Mono Version
    Townes Van Zandt- St John The Gambler - Our Mother The Mountain
    Scientist- The Mummys Shroud - Rids The WorldOf The Evil Curse Of The Vampires Remastered
    - voicebreak -
    Disturbed- The Sound Of Silence - Immortalized
    A Perfect Circle- Peace Love And Understanding - EMOTIVe
    Muddy Waters- Tom Cat - Electric Mudd
    Howlin Wolf- I Asked For Water She Gave Me Gasoline - The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection His Best
    Grateful Dead- Sugar Magnolia - American Beauty Bonus Track Version Remastered
    Sly The Family Stone- Stand - Greatest Hits
    Rick James- Super Freak - Street Songs
    Frank Zappa- Montana - Strictly Commercial The Best Of
    Dubkor- Law - Rastaman Riding
    Jefferson Airplane- White Rabbit - The Essential Jefferson Airplane
    Townes Van Zandt- Silver Ships Of Andilar - The Late Great
    Boogie Down Productions- South Bronx - A Retrospective
    Beastie Boys- BBoy Bouillabaisse Hello Brooklyn - Pauls Boutique 20th Anniversary Remastered Edition
    Berlin Boom Orchestra- Jerusalem - Kopf Stein Pflaster
    Control Machete- Te Aprovechas Del Limite - Mucho Barato Bonus Version
    - voicebreak -
    Renegade Soundwave- Black Eye Boy - In Dub
    HIRIE- Woman Comes First feat Nattali Rize - Wandering Soul
    Lone Ranger- DJ Daddy - Rosemarie Meets DJ Daddy
    Run The Jewels- Legend Has It - Legend Has It Single
    Puffy AmiYumi- Teen Titans Theme - Nice
    Scientist- Dangerous Match 9 - Scientist Wins The World Cup
    - voicebreak -
    Alpha Blondy- Bahia - Jah Victory
    Al Green- You Ought To Be With Me - Greatest Hits
    The MarKeys- Walking With The Duke - The Great Memphis Sound
    - voicebreak -
    Townes Van Zandt- My Proud Mountains - Our Mother The Mountain
    Miles Davis- Freddie Freeloader - Kind Of Blue


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2017-01-10
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-17-2016 with George Figgs        
    Playlist:

    LCD Soundsystem- You Wanted A Hit Live At Madison Square Garden - The Long Goodbye Live At Madison Square Garden
    Justin Adams Juldeh Camara- Gainako - Tell No Lies
    Califone- The Orchids - Roots Crowns
    - voicebreak -
    Yo La Tengo- You Can Have It All - And Then Nothing Turned Itself InsideOut
    Pedrinho- dio Sem Valor - Space Echo
    The Frightnrs- Nothing More To Say - Nothing More To Say
    Coulibaly Tidiane Dafra Star- Sie Koumgolo - Bobo Yy Belle poque In Upper Volta
    Konono N1- Kinsumba - Konono N1 Meets Batida
    Wax Tailor- My Burn feat Sara Genn - By Any Beats Necessary
    Nam Amor John Convertino- Of Dust And Wind - The Western Suite And The Siesta Songs
    - voicebreak -
    John K Samson- Vampire Alberta Blues - Winter Wheat
    The Lulus Band- I Can Feel It - Kenya Special Vol 2 Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s 80s
    Piers Faccini- Drone - I Dreamed An Island
    Nicolas Repac- Revue Noire - SwingSwing
    St Germain- HankyPanky - St Germain
    - voicebreak -
    Eno Hyde- Return - High Life
    Broken Social Scene- 74 Shoreline - Broken Social Scene
    - voicebreak -
    My Bubba- Around - Big Bad Good
    Alsarah The Nubatones- Nar - Manara
    Jim James- Here In Spirit - Eternally Even
    Paito Y Los Gaiteros De Punta Brava- La Flor Del Melon Merengue De Gaita - La Flor Del Melon
    Luisa Maita- Ol - Fio Da Memria
    Dom La Nena- Scenic World - Cantando EP
    Titi Robin- Diplm feat Mehdi Nassouli - Taziri
    - voicebreak -
    The Books- Smells Like Content - Lost And Safe Remastered
    Devendra Banhart- Theme For A Taiwanese Woman In Lime Green - Ape In Pink Marble
    Blonde Redhead- I Am Taking Out My Eurotrash I Still Get Rocks Off - Masculin Fminin
    The Olympians- Venus - The Olympians
    Kristi Stassinopoulou Stathis Kalyviotis- Erhetai Heimonas Winter Is Coming - Nyn
    - voicebreak -
    AfroHaitian Experimental Orchestra- Salilento - AfroHaitian Experimental Orchestra


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2016-11-17
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 08-24-2016 with Tonja Loendorf        
    Playlist:

    Astrud Gilberto Antonio Carlos Jobim- Agua De Beber - The Silver Collection The Astrud Gilberto Album
    Johnny Cash- Personal Jesus - American IV The Man Comes Around
    Bjork- I Go Humble - Three
    Los Fabulosos Cadillacs- No Era Para Vos - La Salvacin De Solo Y Juan
    Getatchew Mekuria The Ex Friends- Ambassel - The Rough Guide To Ethiopian Jazz
    - voicebreak -
    Awa Sangho- Ala Ta Ye Tougnaye - The Same Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Bossacucanova- Meditao feat Wanda S - The Best Of Bossacucanova
    Bunbury- Corre Por La Jungla - Quiero Creedence
    Jim Donovan- Oolalala - Sun King Warriors
    Antonio Sanches- Pinta Manta - Space Echo
    Debo Band- Kehulum Abliche - Debo Band
    - voicebreak -
    Srdjan Beronja- Raga Mishra Khamaj Dadra Live - The Sounds Of Varanasi
    Ruth Willis- Man Of My Own - Rough Guide To Blues Women
    The Railsplitters- Where You Are - The Railsplitters
    Mats Wawa- Lord Business - Classics EP
    Alabama Mike- Upset The Status Quo - Upset The Status Quo
    Jj Thames- Leftovers - Raw Sugar
    Mollie OBrien Rich Moore Brigid Moore Lucy Moore- Sister Take Me To The Shore - Daughters
    Low Cut Connie- Diane Dont Point That Thing At Me - Hi Honey
    - voicebreak -
    Emma Louise- Talk Baby Talk - Supercry
    Middle Class Fashion- 86 - III
    Matt Script- If You Then I - See You Anymore
    Heaven For Real- Known Steps In Directions Unknown - Kill Your Memory
    Marian Hill- Wild - ACT ONE
    Owen- Empty Bottle - The King Of Whys
    Ruby The RabbitFoot- Wild Cherry Chapstick - Divorce Party
    - voicebreak -
    Bjrk- Human Behaviour - Debut
    Laser Background- Slip n Slide - Correct
    Mariya May- Open Up Its Cold - Call Me Back If You Can Dig The Music
    Mike Adams At His Honest Weight- Bronze Worlds - Casino Drone
    Michael Kamen- Brazil Geoff Muldaur - Brazil Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
    The Decemberists- Calamity Song - An ITunes Session
    610- Dantes World - Just The Right Amount Of Reality
    Pollyn- Liars Cheaters - Distress Signals
    - voicebreak -
    Male Gaze- Easy To Void - King Leer
    Paul Kimbiris- Home Soon - Dark Side Of Pearl
    - voicebreak -
    Black Black Black- Zoloft Manual - Altered States Of Death And Grace
    The Claypool Lennon Delirium- Cricket And The Genie - Monolith Of Phobos
    Reverend Freakchild Ramblin John Jennings- Imagine - Illogical Optimism
    Sonic Youth- Wolf - Spinhead Sessions
    Dinosaur Jr- Goin Down - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2016-08-24
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-04-2016 with Yukari        
    Playlist:

    Keith Jarrett- Kln January 24 1975 Pt I - The Kln Concert Live
    - voicebreak -
    Tracy Chapman- Change - Change Single
    John Trudell- All There Is To It - Johnny Damas And Me
    Iggy Pop- American Valhalla - Post Pop Depression
    Saul Williams- Homes Drones Poems Drums - MartyrLoserKing
    I Am Kloot- The Same Deep Water As Me - I Am Kloot
    Mogwai- Like Herod - Special Moves
    - voicebreak -
    Bruce Springsteen- The Ghost Of Tom Joad - High Hopes
    Tom Peter Sturdevant- Election Day - Election Day
    The Wailin Jennys- One Voice - 40 Days
    Lillian Allen- Revolutionary Tea Party - Revolutionary Tea Party
    Albatrus- Invisible Power - Albatrus
    Ziggy Marley- We Are The People - Ziggy Marley
    - voicebreak -
    Roadkill Ghost Choir- Beggars Guild - Quiet Light EP
    Phil Ochs- Power And The Glory - All The News Thats Fit To Sing
    The Roches- Hammond Song - The Roches
    Band Of Horses- Rellys Dream - Mirage Rock Sonic Ranch Session
    The New Basement Tapes- Down On The Bottom - Lost On The River
    My Morning Jacket- Mahgeetah - It Still Moves Deluxe Edition
    - voicebreak -
    Buckethead- Rooftop - Rooftop
    - voicebreak -
    All India Radio- Four Three - Echo Other Expanded Edition
    Pretenders- Spiritual High - Spiritual High
    Blue Sky Black Death- Farewell To The Former World - Noir


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2016-07-04
              Film Review: Just Married        
    It seems a whole lot of Bollywood directors discovered Love Actually recently. The funda of having multiple parallel love-stories, capturing various shades and emotions, is literally beaten to death in last couple of months.

    No "action" for Fardeen
    No action for audience

    In the race of duplicating ideas, its the laggards who lose worst. Thats why after Salaam-e-Ishq & Honeymoon Travels, its just impossible to digest Just Married.

    And that's just first of the many MANY problems with the movie! The pace of the movie is another. The movie just drags and drones, without any point in sight. The story has loopholes of the size of India Gate where from Siddhu can pass with his tractor! I don't think there are still homes in uber-urban Delhi where US-return Marketing Heads would agree to marry some girl without even talking to her. And someone please tell me what actually was the issue in the film? Why was Isha Deol screaming - "Kya sex hi sab kuch hai aapke liye?" Because Fardeen touched his shoulder or because the cockroach touch her legs (eh.. talking to Fardeen or Cockroach)? Oh, and there were other couples too. Mostly artificial and boring. Faces from the TV serials, bringing the typical rude onslaught of emotions from the small screen. Waaaay over the top! See, the issue with the movie is - there is no story!!

    Which is saddening, given the fact that it the debut movie of Meghna Gulzar, daughter of famous poet & lyricist Sampooran Singh aka Gulzar. Coming to that, the music of the film was another flop show. Only one song - "Gudgudee" - is worth noting.

    Now the acting, Fardeen Khan gave yet another Man-Behind-The-Iron-Mask performance. He definitely beat Isha Deol in Look-I'm-So-Expressionless contest, but by a very narrow margin. I can imagine both set of celebarents (new term coined by me - celeb+parents!) scratching their heads (Firoz very delicately) about where to fit in their wards. Action didn't work, neither did emotion. No chance in romance and too young for bhabhi-bhaiya roles. Well, tough luck. But please move over and spare the poor audience.

    And if you've read till here, you must be rewarded with my own PJ. The mention of cockroach brought it forth in my memory. So,
    Q. What did the nephew roach call his uncle?
    A. Kaka-roach! :-P

              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-24-2015 with Dave Blackwood        
    Playlist:

    Django Django- Shake Tremble - Born Under Saturn
    They Might Be Giants- Underwater Woman - Glean
    - voicebreak -
    Hot Chip- Huarache Lights - Why Make Sense
    Bomba Estreo- Caderas - Amanecer
    Sounds From The Ground- Step Into Now - 20 Years Of The Best Sounds From The Ground
    Srikalogy- Dronesphere - New Paradigm
    Jaga Jazzist- Big City Music - Starfire
    Compilation- UFOs - The Best Of Undisputed Truth Smiling Faces
    Billy Gibbons Co- Oh Well - Just Tell Me That You Want Me A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac
    Willie Nelson Merle Haggard- Its All Going To Pot - Django And Jimmie
    Sonny Knight The Lakers- Day Tripper Live - Do It Live
    Monophonics- Promises - Sound Of Sinning
    James Brown- Aint It Funky Now Pts 1 2 - Soul Pride The Instrumentals 19601969
    - voicebreak -
    Hiatus Kaiyote- Swamp Thing - Choose Your Weapon
    Young Fathers- Still Running - White Men Are Black Men Too
    A Tribe Called Red- Bodyslam - Suplex EP
    Bonobo- Flashlight - Flashlight Single
    Calle 13- Atrevetetete - Calle 13
    The Mothers Of Invention- Help Im A Rock - Freak Out
    Muddy Waters- I Wanna Just Make Love To You - Electric Mud
    Jason Isbell- 24 Frames - Something More Than Free
    Minutemen- Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs - What Makes A Man Start Fires
    Matthew E White- Rock Roll Is Cold - Fresh Blood
    Stefano Nyerenda- Women Today Take Care Of Business - I Have No Everything Here
    Tony Allen- Moving On - Film Of Life Deluxe Edition
    The Silver Lake Chorus- Hold Up For - The Silver Lake Chorus
    - voicebreak -
    Fito Olivares Kumbia Kings- Azcar - AB Quintanilla III Kumbia Kings Presents Greatest Hits Album Versions
    The Clash- Clampdown - London Calling
    James Kochalka- Hockey Monkey - Monkey Vs Robot
    - voicebreak -
    Goat- Goatchild - Commune
    Bjrk- Black Lake - Vulnicura


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2015-06-24
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-10-2015 with Dave Blackwood        
    Playlist:

    Shawn Lee- AJs Mood - Synthesizers In Space
    Shawn Lees Ping Pong Orchestra Vs Nino Moschella- Kiss The Sky - Kiss The Sky EP
    Hot Chip- Why Make Sense - Why Make Sense Deluxe Edition
    Lafayette Afro Rock Band- Hihache - Soul Makossa
    Hiatus Kaiyote- Shaolin Monk Motherfunk - Choose Your Weapon
    Baby Huey- California Dreamin - The Baby Huey Story The Living Legend
    Tony Allen- Ewa - Film Of Life Deluxe Edition
    Karl Hector The Malcouns- Omebele Makossa - Unstraight Ahead
    The Budos Band- Burnt Offering - Burnt Offering
    Pink Floyd- Alans Psychedelic Breakfast - Atom Heart Mother Remastered
    A Tribe Called Red- Suplex feat Northern Voice - Suplex EP
    Jaga Jazzist- Starfire - Starfire
    Suuns Jerusalem In My Heart- Self - Suuns And Jerusalem In My Heart
    Muse- The Globalist - Drones
    - voicebreak -
    Giant Sand- Texting Feist - Heartbreak Pass
    Django Django- Shake Tremble - Born Under Saturn
    Hanni El Khatib- Worship Song No 2 - Moonlight
    Nina Hagen- TVGlotzer White Punks On Dope - NunSexMonkRock
    They Might Be Giants- Madam I Challenge You To A Duel - Glean
    The Growlers- Good Advice - Chinese Fountain
    METZ- IOU - II
    Scott H Biram- Backdoor Man - Nothin But Blood
    Talking Heads- Slippery People - Stop Making Sense
    Throttle Elevator Music- Doesnt Matter Know feat Kamasi Washington - Jagged Rocks feat Kamasi Washington
    Jamie Xx- Gosh - In Colour
    Department Of Eagles- Forty Dollar Rug - The Cold Nose
    Delicate Steve- Positive Force - Positive Force
    Matthew E White- Rock Roll Is Cold - Fresh Blood
    Gala Drop- Sun Gun - II
    Clark- Banjo - Clark
    Squarepusher- Kwang Bass - Damogen Furies
    Sounds From The Ground- Frozen Kiss - Alchemy


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2015-06-10
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-03-2015 with Michael Buck        
    Playlist:

    The Tallest Man On Earth- Timothy - Dark Bird Is Home
    - voicebreak -
    The Dodos- Precipitation - Individ
    Alabama Shakes- Future People - Sound Color
    Calexico- Coyoacn - Edge Of The Sun
    The Very Best- Makes A King feat Jutty Taylor - Makes A King
    Bob Moses- Interloper - All In All
    - voicebreak -
    Chastity Belt- Drone - Time To Go Home
    Various Artists- Es Steht Ein Haus In New Orleans - Achtung German Grooves
    Dub Trio- Jog On - Another Sound Is Dying
    Mother Mother- Shout If You Know - Very Good Bad Thing
    YACHT- Works Like Magic - Where Does This Disco EP
    Belle And Sebastian- The Everlasting Muse - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
    Kaki King- Anthropomorph - The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body
    - voicebreak -
    Jaga Jazzist- Starfire - Starfire
    Suuns Jerusalem In My Heart- 2amoutu I7tirakan - Suuns And Jerusalem In My Heart
    Tribe Society- Here Comes The Sun - Delirium Sonata
    George FitzGerald- Your Two Faces - Fading Love
    Reptar- Cable - Lurid Glow
    King Mono- Blackberry - Bump In The Night
    - voicebreak -
    Korrontzi- SardosK radioedit - Tradition 21
    Lapcat- Pigeon Point - Blitzpop
    Django Django- Giant - Born Under Saturn
    Hot Chip- Huarache Lights - Why Make Sense
    Lauer- Borndom - Borndom
    The Helio Sequence- Battle Lines - The Helio Sequence
    - voicebreak -
    Snow Ghosts- The Fleet - A Wrecking
    Courtney Barnett- Small Poppies - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
    Fort Knox Five- Pressurize The Cabin feat Vokab Kompany - Pressurize The Cabin
    Chui Wan- Seven Chances - Chui Wan
    Wire- Doubles Trebles - Change Becomes Us
    The Mountain Goats- Stabbed To Death Outside San Juan - Beat The Champ
    - voicebreak -
    Doldrums- Video Hostage - The Air Conditioned Nightmare
    Joy Wellboy- I Will Never Let You Down - Wedding Deluxe Version
    PINS- Too Little Too Late - Wild Nights
    METZ- Landfill - II
    They Might Be Giants- Aaa - Glean
    Speedy Ortiz- Ginger - Foil Deer


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2015-06-03
              Comments: Купон даёт скидку 15% на несколько RC товаров        
    Если кому интересен именно Shuriken 250, то на банге он сильно дешевле (даже с учетом скидки): www.banggood.com/Shuriken-250-FPV-Racing-Drone-with-PDB-OSD-5_8G-40CH-PALNTSC-Switchable-700TVL-Camera-ARF-p-1083683.html (мне кажет 189 USD).
    Остальное не сравнивал, но, думаю, стоит сравнить, перед покупкой. (Если что, я не холивара ради, чисто для информации.)
    Читать далее
              10.08.17 21:00 Uhr - Nürnberg - Wrekmeister Harmonies        
    Tickets erhältlich unter: http://www.frankentipps.de/veranstaltung214394-tickets

    Drone, Post-Rock, Heavy Metal mit JR Robinson & members of Goodspeed You! Black Emperor

    Mit dem fünften Longplayer „Light Falls“ im Gepäck beehrt JR Robinson mit seinem Kollektiv nun endlich Nürnberg.

    „Light Falls“ hält über die gesamten sieben Stücke eine Spannung zwischen leisen Passagen und lauten Ausbrüchen, in denen JR Robinson Schlagzeug und eine metallisch bratzende Gitarre einsetzt. Wie das klingt? Stellt euch vor, eines der prägenden Post-Rock-Kollektive – Godspeed You! Black Emperor – trifft auf einen großartigen Drone- und Metal-Künstler!

    Der Titel des Albums stammt aus dem Buch „Ist das ein Mensch?“ von Primo Levi, ein autobiographischer Bericht über dessen elfmonatigen Zwangsaufenthalt im KZ Auschwitz. Der italienisch-jüdische Chemiker und antifaschistische Widerstandskämpfer überlegt in dieser vorläufigen Arbeit, dass Unmenschlichkeit zustande kommt, wenn sich die Dinge langsam ändern und die Menschen beginnen, Dinge zu akzeptieren, die sie normalerweise verwerflich finden würden. JR fügt hinzu: "Ich wollte die Idee der langsamen, kriechenden Veränderung klanglich vermitteln. Als ich mit dem Titel aufkam, dachte ich, wie wenn das Tageslicht nachts geht, ist es ein sehr allmählicher Prozess. Sie sind in diesen langsamen, friedlichen Sonnenuntergang versunken, aber dann plötzlich schauen Sie auf und es ist dunkel.“

    Die Alben von Wrekmeister Harmonies wurden in großen Publikationen vorgestellt und durchwegs gelobt.
    Saby Reyes-Kulkarni von Pitchfork Media bewertet "Night of Your Ascension" als 7.8/10 und listet es unter seinen Top-Ten-Metal-Alben von 2015. John Dornan von The Quietus schloss "Then It All Came Down" unter seinen "Alben des Jahres 2014" ein.
    Das Spin Magazin wählte “You've Always Meant So Much to Me” als eines der "20 besten Metal-Alben von 2013“, und Grayson Currin von Pitchfork bewerteten das Album als 7.9/10.
    Wrekmeister Harmonies‘ Kern ist JR (Gesang, Gitarre) und Esther Shaw (Keyboard, Klavier, Violine, Gesang). Sie werden auf dieser Tour von Mitgliedern der Band GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR begleitet: Thierry Amar am Bass und Kontrabass, Sophie Trudeau an Klavier, Violine und Gesang und Timothy Herzog am Schlagzeug.

    Links:
    http://musikverein-concerts.de/events.php?id=423
              Unsupervised Learning: No. 85        

    This week’s topics: The future of security testing, nuclear plant hacks, Android malware, satellite decryption, wildcard certs, military encryption, gsuite protections, WWE S3, tesla 3, jawbone, drone hacking, mental aging, millionare GPAs, discovery, recommendations, the weekly aphorism, and more… This is Episode No. 85 of Unsupervised Learning—a weekly show where I curate 3-5 hours of reading in infosec,...

    __

    I do a weekly show called Unsupervised Learning, where I curate the most interesting stories in infosec, technology, and humans, and talk about why they matter. You can subscribe here.


              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-31-2015 with Jahsonic        
    Playlist:

    Chancha Via Circuito- Camino De Posguerra feat Sara Hebe - Amansara
    Sylvan Esso- Coffee - Sylvan Esso
    Boozoo Bajou- Tosca Chocolate Elvis - Remixes
    Isobel Campbell Mark Lanegan- Snake Song - Hawk
    Leon Bridges- Better Man - Coming Home Single
    RL Burnside- Its Bad You Know - Single
    Dengue Fever- Deepest Lake On The Planet - The Deepest Lake
    The Skints- This Town feat Tippa Irie Horseman - FM
    Kristin Diable- Hold Steady - Create Your Own Mythology
    - voicebreak -
    Houndmouth- On The Road - From The Hills Below The City
    Songhoy Blues- Soubour - Music In Exile
    Sylvan Esso- Hey Mami - Sylvan Esso
    Bob Marley The Wailers- Easy Skanking - Easy Skanking In Boston 78
    Buena Vista Social Club- Tiene Sabor - Lost And Found
    Rumelia- Pajdushka Trojka - Lost Found
    Rob Garza- Palace Of Mirrors feat Vasuda Sharma - Palace Of Mirrors
    Chris James Alia- Ceremony - The Bloom Series Vol 3 Ways Of The Sacred Pt 1
    Micah Shemaiah- Dread At The Control feat Hempress Sativa Tj Infinite - Dread At The Control Single
    Goldroom- Embrace - Embrace EP
    DJ Drez- Pataaka feat Kirti Srinavasti - Jahta Beat Chanting With Tigers
    Marc Broussard- Home - Carencro
    LION BABE- Wonder Woman - Wonder Woman Single
    JD McPherson- North Side Gal - Signs Signifiers
    - voicebreak -
    Broken Back- Halcyon Birds - Dear Misfortune Mother Of Joy EP
    Adham Shaikh- Rumba Dub - Basswalla
    Desert Dwellers- Our Dream World - The Great Mystery
    Srikalogy- Dronesphere - New Paradigm
    Leon Bridges- Coming Home - Coming Home Single
    Kristin Diable- Ill Make Time For You - Create Your Own Mythology
    The Budos Band- Origin Of Man - The Budos Band II
    Foxfeather- Drawing A Blank - Single


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2015-03-31
              Unsupervised Learning: No. 79        

    This week’s topics: WannaCry, Intel leaks, DocuSign phishing, cockpit codes, Delta facial recognition, China vs. CIA, WordPress bug bounty, Marines and drones, HPE R&D, Watts, graduates only making 40K, China’s DNA project, honeymoons vs. rings, Sherrif Eli, retirees hoarding money, boo restaurant kiosks, investing in employees, discovery, aphorisms, and more… This is Episode No. 79 of Unsupervised Learning—a...

    __

    I do a weekly show called Unsupervised Learning, where I curate the most interesting stories in infosec, technology, and humans, and talk about why they matter. You can subscribe here.


              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-09-2014 with Nat        
    Playlist:

    - voicebreak -
    - voicebreak -
    - voicebreak -
    Nina Hagen- Born In Xixax - NunSexMonkRock
    - voicebreak -
    Deerhoof- Spirit Ditties Of No Tone - The Runners Four
    Compilation- Cload - Osmosis
    Coldcut- Pan Opticon - Let Us Play
    - voicebreak -
    Silver Mt Zion- 1000000 Died To Make This Sound - 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons
    Lilium- Erado - Lilium
    Ryuichi Sakamoto- War Peace remixed By Aoki Takamasa - Bricolages
    Laibach- Final Countdown - Nato
    Skinny Puppy- Rash Reflection - Too Dark Park
    Consolidated- Stop The War Against The Black Community - The Myth Of Rock
    KMFDM- Godlike Doglike Mix - Nave
    Dead Prez- Police State - Lets Get Free
    The Clash- Know Your Rights - Combat Rock
    Frank Zappa The Mothers Of Invention- Trouble Everyday - Freak Out
    Burning Spear- Dread River Jordan River - Marcus Garvey Garveys Ghost
    Midnite Higher Bound Productions- Starting From - Bless Go Roun
    Various Artists- Armagideon Time - Six The Hard Way
    Filastine- Drone Silences - Aphasia EP
    Maga Bo- No Balano Da Canoa feat Rosngela Macedo And Marcelo Yuka - Quilombo Do Futuro
    DJ Shadow- Ghost Town - The Liquid Amber EP
    Amon Tobin- Four Ton Mantis - Supermodified
    Phil Western- Lost In The Woods - Longform
    Secret Frequency Crew- Black Moss Caves Pt 1 - Forest Of The Echo Downs
    Brian Eno- The Big Ship - Another Green World
    Mariee Sioux- Wild Eyes - Faces In The Rocks
    Porlolo- Tear You Down - Meadows
    Ross Etherton The Chariots Of Judah- Company Loves Misery - Ross Etherton The Chariots Of Judah
    Lefty Frizzell- I Want To Be With You Always - The Best Of Lefty Frizzell
    Sparklehorse- Weird Sisters - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
    The Tanukis- Wedding Bread - The Tanukis demo
    Stereolab- Analogue Rock - Transient RandomNoise Bursts With Announcements
    Circulatory System- The Lovely Universe - Circulatory System
    Los Ribereos- Silbando - The Roots Of Chicha 2


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2014-12-09
              18.08.17 18:00 Uhr - Nürnberg - Embryo support Schwarzmanns Raumgleiter (open air)        
    Bunnahabhain präsentiert:
    Embryo support Schwarzmanns Raumgleiter (open air)
    anschl. Bunnahabhain (Drone, Stoner-, Psychedelic-, Krautrock, Doom) (drinnen)


    Seit 1969 ist die Weltmusik, Krautrock-Band aus München kreativ in Bewegung, angetrieben von der unermüdlichen Energie ihres Kopfes Christian Burchard. Nun multipliziert sich die Burchard-Energie mit der nächsten Generation: Marja Burchard, Christian Burchards Tochter, die mit 11 Jahren das erste Mal bei Embryo mitspielte und nun mit ähnlich treibender Kraft wie ihr Vater mehr und mehr in den Vordergrund rückt. Die Multi-Instrumentalistin lebt und spielt das Do It-Konzept (ohne Zögern mutig voran!) mit der gleichen Überzeugung und der gleichen überzeugenden Lust wie Christian Burchard.
    Die musikalische Reise durch die verschiedenen Kulturen und psychedelischen Klänge geht weiter!!!Eine Reise die man sich vor allem mit der neuen Generation nicht entgehen lassen sollte!!!
     
    Jan Weissenfeldt - Gitarre, Pin
    Maasl Maier - Bass, Irish Bouzouki
    Jakob Thun - Schlagzeug, Percussion
    Sascha Lüer - Saxophon, Trompete
    Marja Burchard - Vibraphon, Marimba, Posaune, Keyboard, Vocals

    Unterstützt werden sie von Schwarzmanns Raumgleiter.  Moderner Klassik, Space-Jazz und Drone. Krumme Beats, treibende Bässe und dröhnende Gitarren-Klangwände sorgen für bewusstseinserweiternde Momente der dritten Art.
    Schlagzeug: Ernst Saller
    Bass: Adrian Seifert
    Gitarre/Röhrenradio: Schwarzmann
     
     
     
    Embryo real Krautrock based in Germany, connected worldwide.John Peel

    Embryo ist nicht so sehr ein Musikstil, als eine Haltung. Es geht um die ernsthafte Auseinandersetzung mit traditioneller Musik. Dahinter verbirgt sich ein soziales Anliegen: die Welt durch Musik zusammen zu bringen.CK MCCARTHY, FRANZ FERDINAND (bei Embryo von 1999-2002)

    Embryo they are these crazy creative musicians playing really weird stuffMiles Davis

    Embryo ist keine Band, sondern eine Bewegung; von hier nach dort, von München nach Indien, Afrika, Türkei, Sowjetunion und immer weiter. Sie sind noch nicht fertig, kommen also noch  nicht an.TAZ

    Letztlich ist Embryo nämlich auch unter der Führung von Marja Burchard gelebte Ethnologie, die nicht kolonialistisch auf andere Kulturen blickt, sondern diese interkulturell verinnerlicht. SZ,2017
     





              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 04-02-2014 with Michael Buck        
    Playlist:

    Ruby The Rabbitfoot- The Shelf - New As Dew
    - voicebreak -
    Run River North- Beetle - Run River North
    Thomas Blondet- Supreme Dub feat Subatomic Sound System - Future World
    Timber Timbre- Bring Me Simple Men - Hot Dreams
    Roberto Fonseca- Bibisa feat Fatoumata Diawara - Yo
    Anoushka Shankar- River Pulse - Traces Of You
    Real Estate- Aprils Song - Atlas
    - voicebreak -
    West Water Outlaws- Rising Sun - West Water Outlaws
    Robert Pollard- Her Eyes Play Tricks On The Camera - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
    Ponds Fleshman- In Five - Better Days EP
    Temples- Sun Structures - Sun Structures
    Bibio- The Spinney View Of Hinkley Point - The Green EP
    PINS- Stay True - Girls Like Us
    - voicebreak -
    St Vincent- Rattlesnake - St Vincent
    Dom La Nena- Batuque Gabriel Muzak Remix - Ela Por Eles Remixes
    Tacocat- Psychedelic Quinceaera - NVM
    The Souljazz Orchestra- Sommet En Sommet - Inner Fire
    The Low Frequency In Stereo- Satellites In Sight - Pop Obskura
    BEEdEEgEE- Overlook - SumOne
    Saint Rich- Black And Brown - Beyond The Drone
    Dog Bite- Tuesdays - Tranquilizers
    - voicebreak -
    Sacco- Where It Ends Where It Begins - Sacco
    Meklit- Stuck On The Moon - We Are Alive
    Beck- Wave - Morning Phase
    Thievery Corporation- Saudade - Saudade
    Son Lux- Pyre - Lanterns
    Nathaniel Rateliff- Forgetting Is Believing - Falling Faster Than You Can Run
    Angel Olsen- Lights Out - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
    - voicebreak -
    The Notwist- Kong - Close To The Glass
    The Plates- Hands Up - Punky Reggae
    Pretty Lights- Where Im Trying To Go Marvel Years Remix - A Color Map Of The Sun Remixes
    Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars- Manjalagi - Libation
    Messer Chups- Twin Peaks Twist - Heretic Channel
    - Are You Sleeping - This Is The Town A Tribute To Nilsson Vol 1
    - voicebreak -
    Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- Horsemove Mungos Hi Fi Mix feat Horseman - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi
    Black Lips- Dog Years - Underneath The Rainbow
    Eagulls- Soulless Youth - Eagulls
    Hunters- Thin Twin - Hunters
    Les Claypools Duo De Twang- Hendershot - Four Foot Shack
    Jaune Toujours- Azadi - Routes


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-04-02
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-28-2014 with EC        
    Playlist:

    Andre De Ridder Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra Bryce Dessner Aaron Dessner- St Carolyn By The Sea - Bryce Dessner St Carolyn By The Sea Jonny Greenwood Suite From There Will Be Blood
    King Crimson- Peace A Theme - In The Wake Of Poseidon
    King Crimson- Cat Food - In The Wake Of Poseidon
    Federico Aubele- Profundas Aguas - 5
    Patti Smith- Paths That Cross - Dream Of Life Remastered
    Elizabeth Cotten- Shake Sugaree - Shake Sugaree
    Los Lobos- Peace - Kiko
    XTC- Dying - Skylarking
    Pere Ubu- Dub Housing - Dub Housing
    Various Artists- Diet The Au Pairs - Life In The European Theater
    - Brick By Brick - The Soul Fire Box Set
    Lee Allen And His Band- Walkin With Mr Lee - Walkin With Mr Lee
    Regina Carter- Cornbread Crumbled In Gravy - Southern Comfort
    Regina Carter- See See Rider - Southern Comfort
    Black Lips- Starting Over - 200 Million Thousand
    Saint Rich- Crying From The Home - Beyond The Drone
    The Modern Lovers- Im Straight - The Modern Lovers
    - voicebreak -
    Burning Spear- Resistance - Resistance
    Echo The Bunnymen- All That Jazz - Crocodiles
    Revolutionary Snake Ensemble- Slots - Live Snakes
    Tom Waits- Dirt In The Ground - Bone Machine
    - Something About April - The Bad Seeds Jukebox
    Talking Heads- Drugs - Fear Of Music
    Pig In A Can- Out To California - A New Perspective On The Blues
    Amy Denio- Amame - Prodigal Light
    Anoushka Shankar- Traces Of You - Traces Of You
    Can- Vitamin C - Ege Bamyasi Remastered
    Kate Bush- The Dreaming - The Whole Story
    Of Montreal- Obsidian Currents - Lousy With Sylvianbriar
    The Replacements- Cant Hardly Wait - Pleased To Meet Me Expanded Edition
    Tinariwen- Imdiwanin Ahi Tifhamam - Emmaar


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2014-03-28
              MacArthur v. Driscoll: It’s Encouraging to Young Christians Like Me        
    No doubt, many of you are aware of the recent controversy surrounding Pastor John MacArthur and Mark Driscoll regarding the Strange Fire Conference. For those who want more info, you can read (and see) about it here.

    Recently, I read a blog post by Barnabas Piper entitled, "MacArthur v. Driscoll: It’s discouraging to young Christians like me." I decided it was worth providing another perspective. I'm 33 now so I realize the "young christian" designation is slowly slipping away, but entertain me for the purposes of this article, please. Mr. Piper brings up several points in his article:

    1. Piper states, "Sadly, though, it seems both are so bent on their own version of church or the agenda of their respective messages that they undermine the respect young people like me have (or ought to, or want to have)."

    There are several things worth noting. Everyone has a standard to which they adhere to and use to discern what is right and wrong in terms of what they believe church should be. Some claim Scripture, others claim an Evangelical personality, some claim prosperity, while yet others claim integration with various religions such as Scientology or Islam. While I disagree with Driscoll on many levels, he has a version of his church which he is convicted about.  MacArthur has a standard as well. I don't believe it is wrong to have a standard or "version" of church. In fact, I would argue that the Bible teaches us to have one and to defend it vigorously (2 Tim. 1:13, 1 Cor. 15:2 among others).  Piper doesn't explicitly say that it is wrong to have a particular "version" or standard of church. I give him the benefit of the doubt in that I believe he would say that we should have one. My concern is, rather, when he decides to impose which standard both MacArthur and Driscoll (and possibly the rest of us) have to abide by. His standard or "version" is whether a standard "undermine(s) the respect young people like (him) have (or ought to, or want to have)." That, to me, is a real reason for concern. A man who has been in the Pastorate longer than Mr. Piper has been alive must make sure that his standard of doing church not only reinforces Piper's respect as a young person but also those of the young people like him? That is the Biblical standard apparently. Now, like I said, I'm 33. My wife is 26. Our close friends who go to various sound churches range from about 21 to 37. He isn't including us. We're "young," yes, but we're the outsiders by default because we don't agree with his assessment. According to Piper, the "version" of church that must be adhered to, the only version, is that of the one that gets respect from him and his young friends. Not outsiders. Just him and his young friends. Sorry, Mr. Piper. No can do.


     2. Piper states, "To young Christians, like me, John MacArthur is known much more for what he is opposed to than for what he believes in." 

    I hear this argument very often, and I am still puzzled by it. At face value, it seems that no one wants to be known more for what they are against than what they believe in.  Who wants to be known as a Negative Nancy? Not me.  I get it.  The question, however, isn't, "Is it bad to be known by what you are opposed to rather than what you are for?" but rather, "Can you be an advocate for something without people also knowing what you are against?" I would argue that if you truly believe there is this thing called "truth," ie. there is a black and white, right and wrong, true and false on many various issues, then there is no possible way you can be known for what you advocate without others knowing what you are against. One of the best examples I've read of this in a while is a blog entitled... "MacArthur v. Driscoll: It’s discouraging to young Christians like me." In it, the author spends the majority of his article telling us what he is against. Then, at the end, we learn what he is for. Surely, Mr. Piper appreciates the need to address what he is against in an effort to explain what he is for. This is one of the reasons I stay puzzled: Many of the very ones who place the burden upon our consciences to make us abstain in part or in whole from saying we are critical of something we believe is not Biblical, are in fact the self same persons who are being critical of being critical.

    I get it. No one likes a Negative Nancy... but no one likes a Hypocritical Harry, either.


    3. Piper states, "When younger Christians look to these prominent leaders, what do we see? We see discord between our shepherds and wedges being driven into the church over personal agendas and theological points that, while important, aren’t the heart of orthodoxy." 

    I think Piper addresses one of the biggest problems we have here in the Modern, Tech-Driven church. Because of technology we have access to many new preachers and speakers we would have never heard in our entire life were it not for technology. That is not a problem. In fact, that is blessing. I run a fairly popular Youtube site featuring many different preachers and speakers, and the feedback says that channel is a blessing to many. Because of the site, though, I do often run across people who have a problem discerning their local pastor from someone like Paul Washer, who is not their pastor. Piper says, "We see discord between our shepherds..." I actually see no discord between my shepherds. I am a deacon at Christ Reformed of Anaheim. My pastor is Dr. Kim Riddlebarger. My associate pastor is Andrew Compton. My assistant pastor is Chris Coleman. During this whole Strange Fire debacle, I saw no discord between them. Piper, however, says that "We see discord between our shepherds..." Is he a member of both Driscoll's and MacArthur's church? I do not see how he could make this claim aside from this being true. There is a reason why people go to Driscoll's churches and plants (even the ones within traveling distance to Grace Community Church (GCC) ) and don't go to GGC. There is also a reason why people from GCC don't go to Driscoll's church and plants. It's because they teach and believe different things. That is such an elementary point, I question the need to even make it, but maybe it needs to be stated more often during these times. They believe different things. Because of that, they have disagreements. Because they have disagreements that they believe are pretty serious, they don't fellowship together in a worship context. There's a reason I go to Christ Reformed and not Mariners down the street. I believe different things than them. Driscoll is a pastor of a local church. MacArthur is, too. They are not "our shepherds." Shepherds? Yes. Shepherds we can learn a lot from? Yes. But "our shepherds?" Emphatically, no.

    4. Piper states, "It hurts to see beliefs and agendas wielded like weapons."

    God states, "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Heb. 4:12)

    +1 God.


    I don't doubt Piper's sincerity regarding what he wrote in this article. I doubt his sincerity toward the basic tenets of the Christian faith if this article is a glimpse into what he believes and practices.  For a Christian believer, many of the things he says he takes issue with are the very things that define us a Christians, namely love. That is, love in the Biblical sense of letting your yes be yes and your no be no, declaring right from wrong, and not allowing error in your or other people's lives if you can help it; not love in the sense of pretending like error doesn't exist so you can have "peace" at the expense of Christ. I'm not interested in that kind of "love," and Christ wasn't, either.


    Why MacArthur v. Driscoll is Encouraging to Young Christians Like Me

    1. It Shows that Popularity Doesn't Matter to Everyone

     Driscoll is one of the most famous "Reformed" pastors today (whether or not he is actually reformed is a topic for another time). That fact alone is a reason why many, many people will never consider critiquing anything he has said or will say. In fact, that holds true not only for Driscoll but many in Evangelicalism abroad. This conference, however, has encouraged me in the fact that substance does matter. What a person teaches and preaches from the pulpit does matter. They don't always get a pass because they sell a lot of books, are well liked, or popular. At the end of our age, there is the Judge, and He won't care about your temporal standing in the eyes of the rest of your fellow redeemed and non-redeemed sinners. It's always encouraging when you get a glimpse of that by way of a pastor speaking plainly about error regardless of who the person is making the error.

    Another encouraging thing I've witnessed that would fall under this heading is hearing from a number of Driscoll supporters who watched the "confiscation" video and decided that Driscoll wasn't exactly the most truthful in his assessment of the situation. They could be honest with that fact even while saying that they support Driscoll and think MacArthur is less than desirable as a teacher. That was pretty encouraging. There are still the few faithful drones who will say a particular person is right no matter what they do, but I've witnessed personally, in this situation, popularity isn't the arbiter of truth for a lot of fellow believers, and that is encouraging.

    Finally, I saw posts from several people... YOUNG PEOPLE (gasp) who knew the security at the event saying that the head of security is one of the most stand up guys they know. They backed him throughout the incident. They could have said, "Well, this girl I like at Thursday Night Youth Pizza Group is really into Driscoll, and if I say publicly I believe security cause I know his reputation and have seen the video, I will probably be ostracized a little." Well, apparently that wasn't on the mind for the young people I saw post about the event who are affiliated with GCC or Master's in some way. In summary, it was very encouraging that truth matters more than popularity to many more young people than I previously thought before this episode took place.


    2. I'm Reminded That, No Matter How Bleak it May Look at a Time, the Truth Eventually Wins Out

    Exhibit A

    Exhibit B


    3. People Are Talking About Theology Again

    Confession: I have perceived a lull in the recent couple years with my desire to read, discuss, and debate theology. It's not that I didn't care about those things during that time, it's just that I didn't have as much a desire to get myself immersed in it as I did at another season in my life. If situations presented themselves, great! But my desire to seek out those situations wasn't what it was about 5 years ago. A couple close friends of mine have also told me the same. That, however, has started to subside this year. I'm really curious to know if anyone else has experienced this as well. I'm assuming so. My Twitter Follow Feed isn't as theological as it once was. Regardless, it seems the Strange Fire Conference has awakened in many a desire to discuss Theology instead of Personality again. I must admit, hearing about which person put out a new record, which person is speaking at which conference, etc. has worn me out a bit in recent years. It's not that these things are bad, but it's just that discussing things like limited atonement and justification interest me a lot more than discussing who plays basketball and also believes in Jesus or who is hanging out with famous rappers these days, etc.

    This whole MacArthur v. Driscoll ordeal has made it pretty clear who wants to talk about doctrine and theology and who wants to talk about themselves. MacArthur et al caused a guy to drive from Long Beach, CA (where Driscoll's conference was) to GCC (not a short drive) because MacArthur et al discussed theology. In return, Driscoll arrives, social media's his whole visit (including posting pictures of him praying in public for others and claiming security "confiscated" his books, etc.). He then posts a blog post called "See You in Seattle, Pastor John MacArthur?" About theology? No. It's about many things, but suffice it to say it's an open letter explaining his actions and asking MacArthur to come to Seattle to talk. Even Driscoll's new book is said to be about getting together for "love's sake" instead of defending the truth for God's sake according to this post ("Mark Driscoll is promoting his new book, in which he is calling out Christian leaders for being too confrontational and fostering too much infighting… "). Now, these things are fine in their own time (aside from that book synopsis), but my point is that, for the longest time, this is what the popular sites have been attempting to feed me aside from a faithful few. I want to discuss the eternal things more and not whether so and so is liked by so and so or whether this or that. MacArthur, from what I know, hasn't made it personal with Mark, but Mark has surely made it personal with MacArthur. Enough of that. I would prefer to hear Driscoll have his own "The Fire Conference" where he addresses MacArthur's cessationism if he has such a problem with that. All this other stuff is superfluous.

    So, as a "young" person, it encourages me to see that theology matters... and lay people are talking about it a lot more than I've heard in recent times not just because of this conference or because of this incident, but certainly not in spite of either event.


    4. There is a Clearer Distinction of Where People and Their Character Stand After This

    Regardless of what side you come down (Driscoll v. MacArthur) you can't come out of this whole situation without having clearer view of, not only where other people stand on certain issues, but where you and me stand as well.


    5. Fads Fade

    This debacle has reminded me that eventually, when we're in heaven, we won't care about personality quirks, but we will care about truth v. error. Everyone there will. It's a given. Even some of the personalities mentioned in this article who are pretty well known for riding a fad or two, while still influential, aren't as prominent as they were just a few years ago.  So this event reminded me that fads eventually fade, but the truth remains the same no matter who the person is presenting it.
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-11-2014 with Gavin Dahl        
    Playlist:

    The Wood Brothers- Sing About It - The Muse
    - voicebreak -
    Jane Sapp Pete Seeger Si Kahn- Carry It On - Carry It On
    Mother Natures Army- Charge Of The Light Brigade - Coming To Get You
    - voicebreak -
    Billie Joe Norah Jones- Im Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail - Foreverly Track By Track
    The Devil Makes Three- Goodbye Old Friend - Im A Stranger Here
    Neil Young- Only Love Can Break Your Heart Live At The Cellar Door - Live At The Cellar Door
    The Black Keys- Meet Me In The City - Chulahoma
    - voicebreak -
    Bruce Springsteen- The Ghost Of Tom Joad - High Hopes
    Asheru- Life After The Show feat Proverb Kaygee Hip Hop Pantsula - Sleepless In Soweto
    - Snowball - Wwoz Sounds Of New Orleans Vol 38
    Marcia Griffiths- Tell Me Now - Naturally
    The Free Design- Where Do I Go - The Redesigned Originals Recorded By The Free Design 19671970
    - Doo Wop That Thing Instrumental - Dr Rapper Instrumentals Vol 2
    - voicebreak -
    Mayer Hawthorne- Maybe So Maybe No - A Strange Arrangement Bonus Track Version
    Lake- What You See Is What You Get - Circular Doorway
    Saint Rich- Dreams - Beyond The Drone
    Dr Dog- How Long Must I Wait - Be The Void Deluxe Edition
    Sharon Jones The DapKings- People Dont Get What They Deserve - Give The People What They Want
    - voicebreak -
    The Head And The Heart- Lets Be Still - Lets Be Still
    DeVotchKa- The Clockwise Witness - Live With The Colorado Symphony
    - Fare Thee Well Dinks Song - Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack Recording
    Gabrielle Louise- Natures Not A Fool - The Bird In My Chest
    Eliane Elias- Dont Ever Go Away Por Causa De Voce - Eliane Elias Plays Jobim
    Willie Nelson- Till The End Of The World feat Shelby Lynne - To All The Girls
    Pixies- Debaser - Debaser Live
    - voicebreak -
    Tommy McCook The Supersonics- Ska Jam - Real Cool The Jamaican King Of The Saxophone 6677
    Tommy Castro- Greedy - GreedyThats All I Got Single
    - voicebreak -
    Mother Natures Army- Buy More Stuff - Coming To Get You
    Compilation- Trail Of Life - Heartbeat 2 More Voices Of First Nations Women
    - voicebreak -
    Shigeto- Relentless Drag - Full Circle
    El Ten Eleven- Thanks Bill Com Truise Remix - Transitions Remixed
    Lorde- Royals Lazerdisk Remix - Single
    Vibesquad- Empower The Wallflower - The Fire
    Daft Punk- Get Lucky Mystress Remix - Random Access Memories
    Big Gigantic- Driftin - A Place Behind The Moon
    Kill Paris- Tender Love - Tender Love
    - voicebreak -
    Prometheus Brown And Bambu- Lookin Up - Prometheus Brown Bambu Walk Into A Bar
    Erykah Badu- Gone Baby Dont Be Long - New Amerykah Pt 2 Return Of The Ankh
    Busdriver- The Troglodyte Wins - RoadKillOvercoat
    Los Rakas- Abrazame Uproot Andy Remix - Single
    Goapele- Play Los Rakas Remix - Single
    - voicebreak -
    Camp Lo- Luchini AkA This Is It - Giant Single Profile Records Rap Anthology
    R Carlos Nakai- Honor Your Love - Reconnections
    Diego Bernal Ernest Gonzales- Una Vez For It Was Told - Atonement
    Christian McBride- Sister Rosa - Conversations With Christian
    - voicebreak -
    John Lee Hooker- Boogie Chillun - Boogie Chillun


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2014-02-11
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-05-2014 with Michael Buck        
    Playlist:

    Saint Rich- Crying From The Home - Beyond The Drone
    - voicebreak -
    Michael Franti Spearhead- Let It Go feat Ethan Tucker - Spark A Burning Man Story Day Night Music From Inspired By Film
    Anglique Kidjo- Shango Wa - Eve
    The Low Frequency In Stereo- Black Receiver - Pop Obskura
    Tim Kasher- Life And Limbo - Adult Film
    Jaune Toujours- Int Movers Of The Heart - Routes
    Robert Pollard- I Killed A Man Who Looks Like You - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
    Kurt Vile- Snowflakes Are Dancing - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
    - voicebreak -
    Damien Jurado- Magic Number - Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
    Los Sospechos- High Noon - Postales Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Gringo Star- In The Heat - Floating Out To See
    Coke Weed- Buckets - Back To Soft
    - Me And My Arrow - This Is The Town A Tribute To Nilsson Vol 1
    Mike Doughty- Sleepless - Circles
    - voicebreak -
    Akron Family- Everyone Is Guilty - Set em Wild Set em Free
    Courtney Barnett- History Eraser - The Double EP A Sea Of Split Peas
    The Crystal Method- 110 To The 101 - The Crystal Method
    Mogwai- Hexon Bogon - Rave Tapes
    Fort Knox Five- The Brazilian Hipster - 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five Remixed
    - Time To Say Goodbye Con Te Partir - Sweetheart 2014
    - voicebreak -
    Cibo Matto- Emerald Tuesday - Hotel Valentine
    BEEdEEgEE- Like Rain Man feat Lizzi Bougatsos - SumOne
    Bjork- New World - Selmasongs
    Anna Von Hausswolff- Sova - Ceremony
    Roberto Fonseca- Mi Negra Ave Mara - Yo
    Linnea Olsson- Dinosaur - Ah
    - voicebreak -
    KiTheory- Foot Falls - Kitty Hawk
    Juakali- Fittest Of The Fittest - Feathers Too Bright
    RJD2- Suite 2 - More Is Than Isnt
    DARKSIDE- Metatron - Psychic
    - The Chauffeur - Arts Crafts X
    Honey Dont- Heart Of Glass - Heart Like A Wheel
    Au Revoir Simone- We Both Know - Move In Spectrums
    - voicebreak -
    Cate Le Bon- I Cant Help You - Mug Museum
    Lindi Ortega- All These Cats - Tin Star
    Barrence Whitfield And The Savages- Blackjack - Dig Thy Savage Soul
    Wavves- Beat Me Up - Afraid Of Heights
    The Claudettes- Do You See It Too - Infernal Piano PlotHATCHED
    Son Lux- Ransom - Lanterns
    The Sadies- Story 19 - Internal Sounds


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-02-05
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-01-2014 with Michael Buck        
    Playlist:

    Maria Taylor- Sum Of Our Lives - Something About Knowing
    The Sadies- The Very Ending - Internal Sounds
    - Love Lost feat John Sebastian - Songs For Slim Rockin Here Tonight A Benefit Compilation For Slim Dunlap
    Damien Jurado- Suns In Our Mind - Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
    Elvis Costello And The Roots- Come The Meantimes Karriem Riggins Remix - Wise Up Thought Remixes Reworks 2013
    Andy Palmer- Fancy That Hidden Track - Hazard Of The Die
    Dirtmusic- Sleeping Beauty - Troubles
    - voicebreak -
    Wavves- Paranoid - Afraid Of Heights
    Typhoon- The Lake - White Lighter
    Typhoon- Dreams Of Cannibalism - White Lighter
    The Cactus Channel- Did Everyone Meet Siadon That Night - Wooden Boy
    Raffertie- Back Of The Line - Sleep Of Reason
    Anna Von Hausswolff- Ocean - Ceremony
    Diane Coffee- Tale Of A Dead Dog - My Friend Fish
    - voicebreak -
    Saint Rich- Young Vultures - Beyond The Drone
    Thao The Get Down Stay Down- Brand New Key - The Feeling Kind EP
    - Get Ready VIP - Zen A Ninja TuneBig Dada Sampler 2013
    BEEdEEgEE- Bricks - SumOne
    Ghostpoet- Sloth Trot - Some Say I So I Say Light
    Causa Sui- The Juice - Euporie Tide
    Magic Bronson- Bubble Games - Noreaster EP
    - voicebreak -
    Islands- Becoming The Gunship - Ski Mask
    Lumerians- The Bloom - The High Frontier
    The Low Frequency In Stereo- Ionic Nerve Grip - Pop Obskura
    You Are Plural- We Are Cold Inside - Rabbit Rabbit
    Meridian Brothers- Sigan Al Minero Hasta La Escala Amirbar - Devocion Works 20052011
    - voicebreak -
    RJD2- Her Majestys Socialist Request - More Is Than Isnt
    Vex Ruffin- Won Day - Vex Ruffin
    DARKSIDE- The Only Shrine Ive Seen - Psychic
    Trentemller- Morphine - Lost
    Juana Molina- Eras - Wed 21
    - voicebreak -
    Blurry- Lull 6 - Lulls
    Ane Brun- Fly On The Windscreen - Rarities
    The Stranglers- Another Camden Afternoon - Giants
    Robert Pollard- Who Buries The Undertaker - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
    Amos Lee- Stranger - Mountains Of Sorrow Rivers Of Song Deluxe
    Cate Le Bon- Duke - Mug Museum
    Blouse- Eyesight - Imperium


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/35/playlistDate/2014-01-01
              The (Not-So) Peaceful Transition of Power: Trump’s Drone Strikes Outpace Obama        
    [Note: This post was updated to reflect additional strikes in Yemen on March 2, March 3, and

              Obama’s Final Drone Strike Data        
    As Donald Trump assumes office today, he inherits a targeted killing program that has been the co

              Konspirasi Iran dan Amerika        

    Seperti diberitakan, bahwa salah satu pesawat pengintai stealth milik Amerika telah ditembak jatuh oleh tentara Iran.
    Iran mengklaim bahwa mereka berhasil membaca data-data rahasia hasil pengintaian yang direkam didalam peralatan Drone (pesawat mata-mata siluman AS) ini. Iran juga pernah mengatakan bahwa mereka berhasil membuat duplicate pesawat Drone yang jatuh di wilayah Iran. Bahkan berita resmi di Amerika sudah disebarkan bahwa Iran sudah berhasil menciptakan pesawat sejenis Drone dengan versi teknologi yang lebih canggih lagi.
    Berkaitan dengan hal di atas, pernah juga diberitakan bahwa Iran menawarkan pesawat Drone ini kepada Cina dan Russia. Pemerintah Iran juga menawarkan kerjasama dengan China dan Rusia untuk membuat pesawat serupa tetapi dengan teknologi yang lebih canggih lagi. Dikhabarkan juga bahwa tawaran Iran ini ternyata ditolak oleh Cina dan Russia, alasan ditolaknya tawaran Iran ini tidak disebutkan sama sekali.
    President Obama sendiri pernah meminta kembali pesawat Drone yang jatuh ini dari pemerintah Iran. Padahal sebelumnya, pemerintah AS sendiri (melalui Hillary Clinton) sudah memprediksi bahwa tidak mungkin bagi Iran untuk mengembalikan pesawat drone ini. Secara pikiran normal, kalo sudah tahu tidak bakal dikembalikan, lalu kenapa masih secara resmi diminta kembali? Tentu ini menjadi tanda tanya, ada apa dengan hubungan Iran dan Amerika. Kesan yang timbul dari sikap Amerika adalah seolah-oleh Amerika sedang melakukan pengawasan ketat terhadap Iran dengan cara mengirimkan pesawat drone untuk memata-matai Iran, tetapi apakah benar demikian?
    Iran pernah berkata bahwa mereka berhasil menembak jatuh Drone; walau sudah mengatakan bahwa pesawat drone itu ditembak, tetapi pengakuan seorang Jendral Iran dan bahkan pemberitaan pemerintah Iran memberi indikasi bahwa Drone yang berhasil diambil alih masih dalam keadaan utuh, lengkap dan tanpa cacat. Seandainya pemerintah Iran benar telah menembak Drone, tentu pesawat itu akan jatuh dan harusnya menjadi terpecah atas beberapa bagian, tidak mungkin masih dalam keadaan utuh. Di lain sisi, pihak Amerika sendiri tidak pernah menyangkal tetapi hanya berdiplomasi bahwa kemungkinan pesawat itu jatuh karena kehilangan kendali. Pemerintah Amerika tidak membantah secara teknis bahwa pesawat yang ditembak seharusnya hancur, artinya kalau tidak hancur artinya dia tidak jatuh melainkan mendarat dengan sempurna karena kehilangan kendali saja.
    Menurut saya, semua ini adalah konspirasi rapi antara pemerintah Iran dan Amerika; kejadian ini persis seperti sandiwara "Iran Gate" di zaman dulu. Tentu kita masih ingat dulu di zaman Ronal Reagen dimana Amerika berpura-pura memerangi Khomeini, tetapi di belakang layar mereka mengirimkan senjata-senjata  mutakhir untuk memenangkan Khomeini. Seperti kita ketahui, skandal "Iran Gate" ini akhirnya terbongkar, ternyata Ronald Reagen adalah otak pengiriman helicopter super modern yang paling canggih pada saat itu untuk disumbangkan kepada Iran. Caranya, helicopter-helicopter itu dilaporkan telah jatuh di wilayah Iran, padahal itu hanya sandiwara saja karena niat sebenarnya adalah memberikan bantuan helicopter kepada Iran pada waktu itu. Helicopter-helicopter itu didaratkan dengan baik di wilayah Iran, bukannya jatuh ditembak oleh tentara Iran.
    Perlu diketahui bahwa Drone yang disita Iran baru-baru ini justeru sama persis seperti Drone yang sedang dalam proses pembelian oleh Arab Saudia! Kemungkinan dengan membuat berita bahwa pemerintah Iran berhasil membuat duplicate pesawat Drone yang lebih canggih, maka ini menjadi ancaman tambahan bagi Arab Saudia untuk mempercepat proses pembelian Drone ini. Berkembangnya persenjataan Iran bukan menjadi ancaman terhadap Amerika ataupun Israel, melainkan terhadap Arab Saudia dan Islam Sunni diseluruh dunia. Hal ini karena Iran dengan Syiahnya sangat berkeinginan menyebarkan Syiah di dunia, dan merebut tanah suci Mekkah dan Medinah dari tangan infidel Arab.
    Cara bermain Iran ini sangatlah rapi, seperti kita ketahui bahwa dunia Islam saat ini didominasi oleh Islam Suni. Islam Syiah perlu mendapatkan dukungan untuk bisa merebut dominasi Suni di dunia. Cara Islam Syiah untuk mendapat dukungan seluruh dunia, salah satunya adalah Iran harus berpura-pura memusuhi Amerika dan menjadi musuh Amerika. Dengan cara ini, maka Iran dengan Syiahnya akan mendapat rasa hormat dari umat Islam sedunia sebagai bangsa yang berani melawan Amerika.
    Arab Saudi sendiri tidak banyak berkomentar tetapi mengawasi semua permainan ini dengan penuh kecurigaan. Negara-negara Arab mencurigai akan adanya "Iran Gate" jilid kedua. Kalo jilid pertama adalah jatuhnya dua pesawat helicopter canggih Amerika di Iran, maka dalam jilid kedua adalah jatuhnya Drone yang ditembak Iran kemudian berhasil menciptakan yang lebih canggih lagi dengan yang disebutnya sebagai retrofit engineering.
    Kalau melihat para Kompasianer kita di Indonesia, sepertinya cara bermain Iran Amerika ini sangat berhasil. Dengan berpura-pura memusuhi Amerika, Iran berharap mendapatkan simpati dari para kaum muslim, dan terbukti – banyak Kompasianer muslim yang mendukung Iran, padahal tanpa disadari umat muslim di Indonesia, Iran dengan Syiahnya telah mencuci otak umat Islam Suni. Dengan ini artinya permainan sandiwara Iran dan Amerika telah berhasil mengelabui sebagian umat muslim Suni dunia.
    Dunia politik itu memang kejam, musuh menjadi teman dan teman menjadi musuh. Hanya waktu yang dapat memutuskan siapa yang menjadi pemenang antara Syiah dan Suni.


              Drone Memos: A Conversation With Jameel Jaffer        
    This week, I spoke with Jameel Jaffer, inaugural director of the Knight First Amendment Institute

              U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Versus Drone Strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia        
    Yesterday, U.S.

              The Tech Ranch: Apple’s WWDC 2017, MirroCool, and Drone Camp 2017        
    In this episode of The Tech Ranch, Marv Dorner, BeBizzy Consulting, fills in for “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson while he is out on travel. “Tech Geezer” Jim Walsh and Marv discuss Apple’s WWDC 2017, Drone Camp for Kids in Tioga, and a revolutionary new smart mirror called MirroCool. Finally, Marv discusses his new and highly anticipated …

    Continue reading »

              DJI Spark el primer mini drone de DJI        

    El mini drone DJI Spark es el primer drone de tamaño reducido del fabricante líder en drones. Con un peso de tan sólo 300 gramos y un tamaño que deja el del Mavic Pro como un gigante, ofrece las tecnologías habituales de DJI: control de obstáculos, control por gestos, despegue desde la mano, retorno al …

    La entrada DJI Spark el primer mini drone de DJI aparece primero en Planeta Vertical.


              Drone demonstration at Nebo in Central Queensland.        
    none
              Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 : Season Pass Edition v1.0.1 + RePack by qoob - Uploader - wahabali786.blogspot.com        

    Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 : Season Pass Edition v1.0.1 + RePack by qoob - Uploader - wahabali786.blogspot.com


    OVERVIEW:

    Go behind enemy lines with the ultimate modern military shooter. Play as an American sniper dropped in Georgia, near Russian border. Choose your own path to accomplish your missions across an unforgiving open world.Buy now and get: • Full game Sniper Ghost Warrior 3• Season Pass Choose your own path to accomplish your missions across an unforgiving open world.Be a Sniper: Engage your targets from the long range.




    Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 : Season Pass Edition v1.0.1 + RePack by qoob - Uploader - wahabali786.blogspot.com



    Go behind enemy lines with the ultimate modern military shooter. Play as an American sniper dropped in Georgia, near Russian border. Choose your own path to accomplish your missions across an unforgiving open world.Buy now and get: • Full game Sniper Ghost Warrior 3• Season Pass Choose your own path to accomplish your missions across an unforgiving open world.Be a Sniper: Engage your targets from the long range.


    Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 : Season Pass Edition v1.0.1 + RePack by qoob - Uploader - wahabali786.blogspot.com


    Factor in scope elevation, wind speed and direction, breath control and stance along with weapon and bullet choice.Be a Ghost: Stalk your enemies and eliminate them silently with a broad variety of takedowns. The advanced stealth gameplay includes drone recon and vertical navigation. Be a Warrior: Wield a wide variety of advanced weapons and modify them to suit the needs of your mission and your own personal style. Choose from assault rifles, shotguns, machine guns and even explosives. Be All Three: You are an American sniper dropped behind enemy lines in Georgia, near the Russian border. Ruthless warlords have taken over part of the area and it falls on you to prevent the entire country from collapsing into chaos. Explore large open world maps with dynamic weather and a day/night cycle that actually impacts your play and decisions. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is the story of brotherhood, faith and betrayal in a land soaked in the blood of civil war.


    Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 : Season Pass Edition v1.0.1 + RePack by qoob - Uploader - wahabali786.blogspot.com


    Title: Sniper Ghost Warrior 3
    Genre: Violent, Action
    Developer: CI Games
    Publisher: CI Games
    Release Date: 24 Apr, 2017


    Year of manufacture: 2017
    Genre: Action, Shooter, Stealth
    Developer: CI Games
    Publisher: CI Games
    Publication Type: RePack
    Platform: PC
    Language: Russian, English, MULTi9
    Language of voice: English, MULTi4
    Crack:built-in (BALDMAN)

    System Requirements:


    OS: Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 64-bit
    Processor: i3 3240 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
    RAM: 8 GB of RAM
    Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
    Disk space: 50 GB

    RePack features :


    Based on the Steam-Rip from Fisher
    Change language through launcher (Properties »Emulator Settings» Game Language)
    Version of the game - 1.0.1
    Installation ~ 30 min
    RePack from qoob (compressed using the pZLib library from Razor12911)






    Download Reloaded

    RAR FILE PASSWORD [ wahabali786.blogspot.com ]


     download reloaded






    Download Repack Pack


    RAR FILE PASSWORD [ wahabali786.blogspot.com ]


    download repack


    DOWNLOAD ----> CRACK


              Robot Quadrotor Drones Play the James Bond Theme        

    "Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame....

    "These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans …


              Printing Miniature Drones        

    Two grad students at Harvard have developed a method to print sheets of miniature drones, the Harvard Monolithic Bee or Mobee, that pop-up into their final form. So far they've got them to flap their titanium wings but they don't …


              My brother’s friend from school, CJ Boyd, left their...        

    cj boyd from Jessie on Vimeo.



    My brother’s friend from school, CJ Boyd, left their philosophy program just shy of a Ph.D to pursue music full time.  He’s been on the road for the last two years playing both his solo work and as a member of of the CJ Boyd Sexxtet, which explores the connection between music and sexuality.

    Using a bass, a loop, a harmonica, and his voice, I was mesmerized by the layered, rich sounds CJ creates. His music has been described:

    Waves of bass loops are garnished with harmonica drones and constant improvisational exploration. Deep-sea-diving for the hungry and alone. While certainly following in the footstep of great bassists like Mingus and Meyer, Boyd’s aesthetic sensibility also seeks to wed the minimalism of Reich and Riley with what might be called the maximalism of Beethoven’s chamber music. Add some Moondog, Authur Russell, Godspeed, Eluvium. But with the improvisational prowess culled from jazz. Not a “bassplayer” in the usual sense of the word. But something refreshing and impressive—with fingers that only know how to dance to the deepest tunes. 

    CJ was a nice reminder that something invaluable may be gained by leaving the rat race behind for a while and letting the instinctual desire to create and explore unfold.  You can stream or download his albums (much better listening quality) here.


              Re: My First Flight with DJI Mavic Pro in Singapore (video)        

    I am still flying it, and had travelled with it. Here is a footage from Norway: https://www.youtube.com/wat...

    It is light and foldable. Easy to carry around. With kids around, safety is a concern as the blades are spinning at high speed. Do take note of various rules/regulations in the countries you intended to fly the drone with.


              Re: My First Flight with DJI Mavic Pro in Singapore (video)        

    singapore is super strict when it comes to drone. CAAS has a set of rules, and Nparks has another set of rules that overwrites CAAS. Effectively, all parks under Nparks are no drone zone. other than those "state land" in pasir ris, where else do you fly?


              How Drone change your life        
    Shade: Yellow/Green/Red/Blue optional Charging time: approximately 70mins Hunters have found they can equip a plane using a range and night
              Best Accessories for Drones        
    With LED lighting for nighttime flight Drone technologies have come a very long way in the last couple of decades.
              New Next Week on June 27, 2017         

    The following titles will be released next week. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. Be sure to visit our Hot Titles webpage for more exciting upcoming titles.

    Cover art for Before Everything Cover art for The Cafe by the Sea Cover art for The Child Cover art for Cocoa Beach Cover art for The Confusion of Languages Cover art for The Day of the Duchess Cover art for The Destroyers Cover art for Drone Warrior Cover art for The Duchess Cover art for Flashmob Cover art for Golden Hill Cover art for Home for the Summer Cover art for How to Fall in Love with Anyone Cover art for Indian Summer Cover art for Modern Gods Cover art for Murder Games Cover art for My Glory Was I Had Such Friends Cover art for Off the Cliff Cover art for Quiet Until the Thaw Cover art for The Right Side Cover art for The Under the Road Cover art for The Secret Life of the Mind Cover art for Seven Stones to Stand Cover art for Single-Minded Cover art for The Sisters Chase Cover art for The Smear Cover art for Spoonbenders Cover art for The Swamp Cover art for Unshackling America Cover art for Unsub Cover art for Use of Force Cover art for The Windfall


              Drone video reveals progress on Heatherwicks tree-covered mountain in Shanghai        
    Shanghai’s “tree-covered mountains” are coming to life as evidenced in #donotsettle project’s latest video. Filmed with a DJI Mavic Pro drone, architects Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost’s footage shows a sneak peek into the construction progress of the Heatherwick Studio-designed project for M50, the city’s contemporary art district. The six-hectare plot will feature staggered, mountain-like volumes enveloped by 1,000 trees. Par for the course for Shanghai’s futuristic cityscape,...
              Podcast JDR : Compensation et Geste Rôliste, avec Julien Pouard        





    (Durée 01 : 36 : 24)
    Télécharger le podcast

    Dans cet article, Julien Pouard développe le concept de Geste rôliste. S'inspirant du fameux geste de l'artisan, l'animateur des Voix d'Altaride veut montrer que le joueur de jeu de rôle fait lui aussi preuve d'un certain savoir faire, d'une pratique qu'il a apprise grâce à des jeux, des lectures ou d'autres joueurs. Julien définit lui-même le geste comme une succession de mouvements raisonnés effectués presque sans y penser pour mener à bien une tâche précise. Or, au cours d'une partie de jeu de rôle, nous avons tous constamment recours à de tels gestes.

    Les potiers, comme les rôlistes, sculptent ensemble un contenu malléable

    Avec Mathieu Minne, Jérôme S et Julien Pouard, nous constatons la fertilité du concept de Geste rôliste. Il nous permet d'identifier des façons de faire et de jouer qui étaient inconscientes et qui, grâce à ce concept, trouvent un autre moyen de se révéler. Du Blog d'Eugénie, Je ne suis pas MJ mais..., au podcast d'Altaride, en passant par celui de La Cellule, nous voyons que nos discussions tournent finalement autour de la transmissions de nos propres gestes rôlistes. Et, en toile de fond de ce débat, un enjeux majeur se cache. Car derrière la transmission du geste rôliste, c'est la transmission du jeu de rôle lui-même qui est en question...

    Bonne semaine à tous ! Portez-vous bien et, surtout, jouez bien !
              Les événements indés de l'été        





    (Durée 00 : 07 : 33)
    Télécharger la news audio

    Les Ateliers Imaginaires dans JDR Mag !


    Cet été, Jeu de rôle Magazine a consacré un très grand dossier aux Ateliers Imaginaires : dix pleines pages dans lesquelles les auteurs des Ateliers s'expliquent sur leur démarche. Je vous invite vivement à acheter ce numéro d'été 2016, voire, si vous en avez les moyens, à vous abonnez à Jeu de Rôle Magazine.


    En effet jusqu'à maintenant, ce trimestriel s'est toujours montré très favorable aux démarches nouvelles en matière d'édition de jeu de rôle. A mon sens, la nouvelle mouture de ce magazine crédibilise le média et donne enfin une part non négligeable de ses pages aux articles théoriques et à l'indépendance. On y trouve des tests de jeux indépendants, des critiques sérieuses et des articles théoriques écrits par des auteurs de jeux indépendants. Ce n'est pas le magazine de l'indépendance, puisqu'il appartient à Titam, mais vous pourrez compter sur lui pour vous faire découvrir les pépites de l'indé francophone. Et puis eux au moins, ils jouent aux jeux qu'ils critiquent...

    ***

    Les Illustrations de Démiurges


    Elles sortent au compte goutte, mais Frédéric Sintes, auteur de Prosopopée, continue les illustrations de son autre projet d'envergure : Démiurges. On sait qu'à la fin de son travail d'illustration, ce jeu de rôle arrivera à son terme. Ainsi chacune de ces illustrations nous rapproche un peu plus de la sortie de Démiurges.


    Retrouvez toutes les illustrations de Démiurges sur Lymbic Systems.
    http://www.limbicsystemsjdr.com/category/jeux-de-role/demiurges/

    ***

    Rapport de partie pour Babel


    Fabien Hildwein aurait même inventé un langage pour développer ce nouveau projet, l'auteur de Monostatos revient au jeu de rôle traditionnel et dévoile un premier rapport de partie de Babel ou du Langage de Babel. Avec Natacha, Fabien élabore une première partie dont la fiction se déroule à Paris.


    Babel est vraisemblablement un jeu de rôle contemporain, à gros secrets, dans lequel le fantastique n'apparaît pas immédiatement. Comme dans Sphynx, les personnages des joueurs semblent personnellement impliqués et affectés par les mystères de l'univers.

    Voici le rapport complet de la partie :
    http://lesateliersimaginaires.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=3953

    ***

    Thomas Munier's Motel


    Thomas Munier continue la création à temps plein et dresse un premier bilan de sa nouvelle activité sur son blog Outsider. Son folklore d'oxymores s'est également enrichi d'une nouvelle perle noire : Dragonfly Motel. Il s'agit d'un jeu de rôle initialement créé pour le gamechef et dans lequel, paraît-il, la musique joue un rôle prépondérant. Connaissant les gouts musicaux du monsieur, il y a de fortes chances pour que l'onirisme sludgecore soit encore de la partie.


    Je signale également la parution d'une critique écrite par Steve Jakoubi... Steve Jackobofix... Steve Ja... Steve J, quoi ! Le chroniqueur de chez Radio Rôliste dresse un portrait très fidèle d'Inflorenza sur Hugin et Munin

    J'ajoute que Thomas Munier participe à présent théoriquement et régulièrement aux podcasts Cendrones et Voix d'Altaride. Peuple rôliste, fan de Thomas Munier, à mon avis, il est grand temps que tu écoutes les Voix d'Altaride de Julien Pouard, si tu veux rester brancher à ton outsider favori.

    Le Bilan de Thomas Munier :
    http://outsider.rolepod.net/saison-4-le-bilan/

    Les podcasts de Julien Pouard :
    http://www.cendrones.fr/

    La critique de Steve J :
    http://hu-mu.blogspot.fr/2016/08/inflorenza.html

    Dragonfly Motel :
    http://outsider.rolepod.net/catalogue/dragonfly-motel/

     ***

    Les premières lignes d'Eveille ! dévoilées


    Sur le forum d'Adrien Cahuzac se trouve une image qui nous livre enfin quelques indices sur le contenu d'Eveille !, son prochain jeu de rœle... 



    On y devine des règles pour un jeu de rœle entièrement écrit en vers... (espèce de cinglé, Adrien !) scotchés sur une sorte de béton gris et parcouru de graphes noirs. On rappelle que le but des joueurs sera d'y mettre de la couleur. Nous avions fait le playest du jeu lors de notre dernière saison.

    L'image d'Eveille ! :
    http://nsa38.casimages.com/img/2016/07/30//160730072212218751.png

    Le fil de discussion consacré au jeu (t'as perdu, Adrien) :
    http://lesateliersimaginaires.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=3452

    ***

    Vivien Féasson se renforce


    En attendant Libreté, Contes et histoires à vivre, le site de Vivien Féasson continue la publication de ses articles théoriques sur le jeu de rôle. Il avait déjà frappé fort avec notamment deux très très bons articles sur l'humour et sur le jeu de rôle comme art métafictionnel, mais, cette fois, sa cosmo-énergie s'intensifie, il se renforce de plus en plus !


    Vivien continue sa petit grammaire du jeu de rôle en y introduisant le concept de Renforcement. Au cours d'une partie de jeu de rôle, il est des choses qu'il vaut mieux laisser partir dans les limbes de l'oubli et d'autres qu'il vaut mieux rappeler au bon souvenir de ses camarades. Évidemment ces petites choses que l'on doit oublier et ces petites choses dont on doit se souvenir ne sont jamais les mêmes en fonction des joueurs, de la partie et du jeu en cours. C'est le principe du Renforcement développé par Vivien dans ce nouvel article.

    A noter également que Vivien est le premier meneur de Sens à avoir fini sa campagne de Sens Cosmo et Chaos cet été, avec ses joueurs Côme et Steve Jacholobo... Steve Jakoulecro... Steve et puis merde ! Steve J quoi...

    Retrouvez tous les articles de Vivien :
    http://www.vivienfeasson.com/articles/

    ***

    Romaric est sur Le Val !


    Quant à moi, contrairement aux rumeurs colportées par Paris Match, je n'ai pas fait que glander en fêtant la sortie de Sens Cosmo et Chaos. Non. J'ai travaillé sur Le Val des étoiles. Nous avons organisé une petite rencontre sur Paris aux Caves Alliées et au Dernier Bar avant la fin du monde. Les photos de la rencontre sont disponibles sur la page du Val des étoiles sur Facebook. Au passage, je ne saurais trop remercier Valentin de m'avoir offert un somptueux jeu de cartes Saint Seiya.


    Nous avons également, avec Darky, diffusé l'épisode 2 du Val TV. Épisode dans lequel, une fois de plus, je prends une branlée monumentale.


    Mais, surtout, cerise sur le gâteau, grâce à Loïc Girault, Le Val, cet été, s'est doté d'un jeu vidéo en ligne. Après des débuts plutôt difficiles, comme ont pu en témoigner les nombreux messages diffusés sur Facebook, le jeu est enfin lancé et parfaitement fonctionnel. Vous pouvez le télécharger gratuitement sur les Ateliers Imaginaires dans le forum dédié au Val. Merci à tous les Loïc ! Loïc Cyol et Loïc Girault. Le premier, créateur de l'application. Le second, créateur d'un jeu vidéo. Décidément, les Loïc sont de majestueux auteurs pour le Val. Moi je dis : "ça devrait rapporter de la Force Céleste, un tel boulot !"

    Le Val TV épisode 2 :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KVuwX25aLk&feature=youtu.be

    Le Jeu Vidéo, Le Val de Loïc Girault :
    http://lesateliersimaginaires.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=3949

    La Page Facebook du Val :
    https://www.facebook.com/levaldesetoiles/?fref=ts

    ***

    Il ne me reste plus qu'à vous souhaiter, à tous et à toutes, une joyeuse semaine de rentrée en attendant notre podcast Jeudi prochain. On y parlera d'une campagne mythique de Néphilim. D'ici là, portez-vous bien et surtout jouez-bien !

              Offener Brief an den britischen Botschafter        
    Wadd_demo_leaf-mod_large

    Pressemitteilung 3/2013 der Drohnen-Kampagne zum Appell "Keine Kampfdrohnen!"
    23. April 2013

     

    Offener Brief an den Britischen Botschafter

    Unterstützung der Proteste „Ground the Drones"


    Sehr geehrte Damen, sehr geehrte Herren,

    im Namen der bundesweiten Drohnen-Kampagne zum Appell "Keine Kampfdrohnen!" möchten wir Sie davon in Kenntnis setzen, dass wir den hier in deutsch und englisch beigefügten Offenen Brief seiner Excellence, Simon McDonald CMG, dem britischen Botschafter in Deutschland, überreichen wollten. Aus diesem Grunde telefonierten wir mit der britischen Botschaft in Berlin wegen eines Übergabetermins. Bedauerlicherweise ist das Büro des Botschafters nach Aussage der Sekretärin nicht bereit, mit Vertretern einer Kampagne, die unter dem Namen "Keine Kampfdrohnen!" arbeitet, zu treffen. Wir werden daher den Brief dem Pförtner der Botschaft am Donnerstag, den 25.4.2013 um 13 Uhr abgeben.

    Besorgt darüber, dass Großbritannien - einziges europäisches Land, das eigene Kampfdrohnen einsetzt - dieses Arsenal erweitern will, und plant, in Großbritannien die wahrscheinlich erste Leitstelle für Drohnenkriegsführung in Europa einzurichten, möchten wir die gegen diese Entwicklung am kommenden Samstag, dem 27.4., stattfindenden Proteste in Großbritannien mit unserem Offenen Brief solidarisch unterstützen.

    Gleichzeitig ist es uns wichtig darauf hinzuweisen, dass zwei Tage zuvor, am Donnerstag, dem 25.4., im Deutschen Bundestag eine erneute Debatte zu diesem Thema stattfinden wird.

    Wir fordern die Mitglieder des Parlaments auf, der Kriegsführung mit Kampfdrohnen nicht zu zustimmen, sondern im Sinne des Appels "Keine Kampfdrohnen!" sich dem Wettrüsten entgegen zustellen.

    Den Appell finden Sie unter www.drohnen-kampagne.de

     

    Der offene Brief

     

    Sehr geehrter Herr Botschafter,


    anlässlich der im Vereinigten Königreich von Großbritannien und Irland am 27. April bevorstehenden Proteste gegen Kampfdrohnen unter dem Titel „Ground the Drones" wenden wir uns als Vertreter der deutschen Kampagne gegen die Etablierung von Drohnentechnologie für Krieg, Überwachung und Unterdrückung mit diesem offenen Brief an Sie.

    Die Drohnen-Kampagne2 ist im vergangenen Monat durch ein Bündnis von vielen bundesweiten und örtlichen Friedens- und Bürgerrechtsgruppen initiiert worden. Sie wird inzwischen von mehr als 120 Gruppen aus Deutschland unterstützt, darunter mehrere politische Parteien, von denen gegenwärtig zwei im Bundestag vertreten sind. In unserem an Bundesregierung und Bundestag gerichteten Appell „Keine Kampfdrohnen!"3 fordern wir die Aufgabe aller Pläne zur Anschaffung, Forschung und Entwicklung von bewaffneten Drohnen.

    Wir fordern die deutsche Regierung weiter dazu auf, sich stattdessen zusammen mit anderen Regierungen dafür einzusetzen, um die neue Eskalation des bedrohlichen Wettrüstens zu beenden, das die Anwendung tödlicher Waffen ohne Möglichkeit öffentlicher Überprüfung, ohne demokratische Kontrolle und im offenkundigen Bruch bestehender internationaler und nationaler Gesetze „normalisiert". Wir fordern die deutsche Regierung auf, zusammen mit anderen Regierungen auf eine weltweite Ächtung von Kampfdrohnen hin zu arbeiten.

    Großbritannien ist bisher das einzige Land in Europa, das eigene bewaffnete Kampfdrohnen einsetzt. Wir haben mit Bestürzung erfahren, dass Großbritannien die Anzahl von Reapers in seinem Arsenal verdoppeln wird und schon jetzt dabei ist, die wahrscheinlich erste Leitstelle für Drohnenkriegsführung in Europa auf dem RAF-Luftwaffenstützpunkt in Waddington einzurichten.

    Diese einseitige Entscheidung der britischen Regierung könnte möglicherweise ein Wettrennen von Regierungen innerhalb und außerhalb Europas zu Beschaffung und Benutzung von Kampfdrohnen auslösen.

    Darüber hinaus heißt es einerseits, dass das britische Verteidigungsministerium mit der aktuellen Untersuchung der Vereinten Nationen bezüglich eventueller Verstöße gegen das Völkerrecht durch die Benutzung unbemannter Drohnen in den Palästinensischen Gebieten, in Pakistan, Jemen, Somalia, und Afghanistan kooperiert4, während es gleichzeitig Berichte gibt, wonach Großbritannien angeblich durch das „UK Intelligence Centre GCHQ"5 (die Zentrale einer der drei britischen Geheimdienste) die USA mit Informationen für gezielte Tötungen in Pakistan6 und anderen Ländern versorgt hat und die US-Stützpunkte in Großbritannien auch aktuell direkt für gezielte Tötungen durch die USA in Afrika genutzt werden.

    Die UNO untersucht zurecht die zunehmende Anzahl von Drohnenangriffen, die von den US-amerikanischen und britischen Streitkräften in Afghanistan ausgeführt werden. Seit 2008 hat die Anzahl britischer Drohnenangriffe drastisch zugenommen - fast jeder dritte Drohnenangriff gegen das afghanische Volk wird durch Großbritannien ausgeführt7.

    In den letzten Jahren haben UNO-Beamte wiederholt ihre Besorgnis zum Ausdruck gebracht8, dass die Benutzung von Kampfdrohnen gegen Militante in Afghanistan durch die Vereinigten Staaten und das Vereinigte Königreich möglicherweise ein Bruch des Völkerrechts darstellt, selbst wenn im Einzelfall keine Zivilisten und Kinder getötet werden würden.

    Europas Staaten dürfen diese bedrohliche neue Form der Kriegsführung nicht einfach übernehmen! Diese neuen Drohnenkriege untergraben das in vielen Jahrhunderten in vielen Kämpfen und unter massiven Anstrengungen errungene demokratische Fundament unserer Gesellschaft.

    Es ist bekannt, dass die Nutzung von Kampfdrohnen die Schwelle zum bewaffneten Angriff senkt; die „gezielte" Tötung von Menschen selbst außerhalb von Kriegsgebieten - ohne Anklage, ohne einen Gerichtsprozeß und und ohne Verurteilung - beinhaltet; die Bevölkerung in den Einsatzgebieten gefährdet und terrorisiert; die Entwicklung hin zu autonomen Killer-Robotern befördert und eine neue Runde des Wettrüstens einläutet.

    Nach einer von Pew Research im vergangenen Frühling in 20 Ländern durchgeführten internationalen Umfrage9 lehnt eine deutliche Mehrheit der Bürger und Bürgerinnen in ganz Europa Drohnenangriffe strikt ab: 51% der Befragten in Polen, 55% in Italien, 59% in Deutschland, 62% in der Tschechischen Republik, 63% in Frankreich, 76% in Spanien, und 90% in Griechenland sprachen sich gegen den Einsatz bewaffneter Drohnen aus. Und selbst im Vereinten Königreich war mit 47% die Mehrheit der Befragten gegen Drohnenangriffe, während nur 43% sie befürworteten.

    Wir freuen uns sehr darüber, dass sich britische Bürger und Bürgerinnen nun aktiv gegen das aktuelle britische Drohnenprogramm einsetzen und am 27. April zum Luftwaffenstützpunkt Waddington marschieren und protestieren werden. Diesen Menschen sprechen wir unsere ausdrückliche Unterstützung aus. Wir fordern Sie dazu auf, auf diese britischen Bürgerinnen und Bürger zu hören - ihr Widerstand gegen Kampfdrohnen findet nicht nur in Großbritannien Unterstützung, sondern auch durch große Mehrheiten in ganz Europa und zunehmend auch durch Bürgerinnen und Bürger der USA.

    Zusammen mit vielen anderen Mitmenschen sowie zahlreichen Organisationen in den an Kraft gewinnenden Kampagnen gegen Kampfdrohnen in ganz Europa, den Vereinigten Staaten und der ganzen Welt werden wir uns dafür einsetzen, dass unsere Regierungen die Entwicklung, Anschaffung und den Einsatz von Drohnen beenden.

    Höchste Priorität muss sein, dass die Länder Europas jetzt beginnen, auf einen Konsens über einen Verbot der Weiterverbreitung von bewaffneten Drohnen hinzuarbeiten, statt sich darin zu beeilen, diese zu entwickeln, zu beschaffen und einzusetzen.

    Wir fordern die britische Regierung auf, den Proteste gegen Kampfdrohnen unter dem Titel „Ground the Drones"Einsatz bewaffneter Drohnen sofort einzustellen und deren Benutzung nicht weiter zu akzeptieren, sondern sich stattdessen mit anderen Regierungen zusammen zu tun, um auf ein internationales Abkommen zur Ächtung Kampfdrohnen hin zu arbeiten.

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

     

     Dieser offener Brief mitsamt aller Verweise als PDF-Datei hier verfügbar.


              Mont Saint Michel        
    Mont Saint Michel
    Mont Saint Michel Country : France
              Mont Saint Michel        
    Mont Saint Michel
    Mont Saint Michel Country : France
              Mont Saint Michel        
    Mont Saint Michel
    On top of Mount Saint Michel, at 160M high, St Michael archangel has been cleaned last year, and now back on top of the Famous Mount. City : Mont Saint MichelStreet : Mont Saint michelCounty or State : NormandyCountry : France
              Dinard        
    Dinard
    Dinard, Brittany, sunrise at 6:30 am, always with it to check even if it’s a bit cloudy. You can see Saint Malo near the sun. City : DinardStreet : HarborCounty or State : Bretagne, FranceCountry : France
              Mont Saint Michel        
    Mont Saint Michel
    Supertide Turns Mont Saint-Michel Into Island City : Mont Saint MichelStreet : Mont Saint MichelCounty or State : FranceCountry : France
              Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France        
    Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France
    Supertide Turns Mont Saint-Michel Into Island i leave closed to the Mont Saint Michel (40Km), it’s a magic place, especially when you are going there in the winter, or really early in the morning. You can be alone, enjoying the place. The sand around Mont Saint Michel moved, so if nothing was done, in few […]
              Mont Saint Michel        
    Mont Saint Michel
    Mont St Michel has become an island for the first time since 1879 after a high tide briefly disconnected it from mainland France. City : Mont Saint MichelStreet : Mont saint MichelCounty or State : FranceCountry : France
              Sixty percent of global drone exports come from Israel -- new data        

    Experimenting on Palestinians has paved the way for Israel to become the single greatest source for drone proliferation.


              UK coppers look to AI to predict where tea leafs will scarper to next        
    UK coppers look to AI to predict where tea leafs will scarper to next


    Sat nav based system

    UK coppers might get a satnav-style system which will predict where a fugitive will head before they have worked it out themselves.

    Developed by Motorola, the tech analyses data including criminal records, family history and Facebook posts to help officers “corner” the suspect.

    It apparently examines the “amount of light” and scours possible escape routes by checking “streets, windows, doors... population of an area”.

    The press is all excited because it is a little bit like, but not really, the “pre-crime” prediction system used by police in the 2002 Tom Cruise film Minority Report.

    According to a patent filed with the Intellectual Property Office, the system aims to make capture more likely and cut the danger to police and public.

    It consists of a main computer which, after a chase begins, crunches the data to work out the fugitive’s route, a “capture location” and a “cornering strategy” by closing off escape routes.

    Coppers then get “turn-by-turn instructions” by voice or text to their phone, smartwatch or goggles. 

    The patent claims the system could help tell the exact moment to deploy a stinger spiked tyre-bursting device, set up a road block or send up drones.

    The system analyses street size, public transport data and “information from news and social media sources”. Officers would get access to real-time video including CCTV, body-worn cameras, number plate readers and webcams.

    Motorola already supplies the Met’s Airwave radio system. A Motorola Solutions spokesman said the company “provides police and emergency responders with technology that can extract critical intelligence from raw data to aid in the search and apprehension process.”


              492: Goodbye Casey Neistat        
    Vlogger Casey Neistat retires! More drones from DJI. Google wants to turn your phone into a scanner. Plus Apple's latest product requires zero electricity! Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guests, Christine Alward and Greg Benz.
              491: The Gravity of Karma        
    GoPro recalls its Karma drone. Snapchats’s new Spectacle shades. And Microsoft plans to bring 3D to everyone. Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guests, Tim Engle and Jose Rosado.
              489: Wanderlust and New Gear        
    Microsoft’s Surface Studio PC is a creative dream. Apple updates the MacBook pro with new touch bar. Sweden bans drones in public places. Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guest, Federico Chieli.
              487: Amputees En Vogue        
    Sony’s new 4K Action Cam. Paralympic athletes replaced with able-bodied models in Vogue campaign. Plus a tourist is jailed for flying his drone in Havana. Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guests Christine Alward and Don Komarechka.
              481: Photokina Preview        
    The Photokino tradeshow features DJI’s and GoPro’s new drones. Plus Garmin enters the fray with an action camera that takes direct aim at GoPro!. Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guests Shiv Verma and Doug Kaye.
              480: Did Steve Jobs Change Photography?        
    Steve Jobs will be inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame. Smugmug rescues stranded PictureLife customers. And the FAA finally rules that commercial drone use is legal. Join Frederick and his guests Jose Rosado and Bryan Caporicci.
              471: A New Photoshop Arrives!        
    Adobe rolls out Photoshop 2015.5. More details on the Hasselblad X1D. Plus the FAA issues the first round of rules for drone pilots. Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guests Lee Herbet and Don Komarechka.
              460: Lytro’s Multidimensional 40K Cinema Camera        
    Will Lytro’s 755MP cinema light field camera kill the green screen? Plus DJI live streams a Phantom 4 drone with Facebook’s new API! Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guests Chris Berry and Joseph Linaschke.
              454: All Shiny and Chrome        
    DxO One announces new SW updates and a lower price. DJI offers crash insurance for Drones. Eric Chang on the DJI Phantom 4. And a photographer gets kicked off a Toronto beach because of his gear! This week’s guests: Joseph Linaschke and Giulio Sciorio.
              444: Drone Registration Time!        
    The FAA officially launches its drone registration program. Google adds shared memories to Google Photos. Plus leaked photo and specs for Nikon's D5. Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guests Martin Bailey and Matt Granger.
              435: Straight Outta Washington        
    The US government plans drone registry. Adobe apologizes for Lightroom 6.2 update and brings back old Import tool. And the NPPA sues the state of Wyoming for threatening photographers rights. This week’s guests: Evgeny Tchebotarev and Nicole Young.
              431: Drones - For Fun and Profit        
    DJI announces 2 new mirrorless Micro 4/3 cameras for arial photography. Is Canon pushing things too far with their 120MP SLR? And forget Selfies. The latest holiday accessory is a pro photographer. This week’s guests: Nicole Young and Lee Herbet.
              425: Not Your Grandfather's Drone        
    Flickr brings back Pro accounts. DJI's newest quadcopter, the Phantom 3. Plus a technique discussion about focus stacking. Join Joseph Linaschke and his guests Don Komarechka and Valerie Jardin.
              Remembering When Dissent Was Patriotic....         
    ...instead of racist.

    And if that meant fantasizing about murdering the president, well...that was patriotic, too.

    It's April, 2003.  Madonna releases "American Life".  And then shoots a video...

    Two music videos were shot for the song, both directed by Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund. The first one featured Madonna at a military-themed fashion show, cavorting with a brigade of female soldiers and in the end, she throws a hand grenade at George W. Bush. Prior its release, it caused controversy regarding its political, racial, violence and religious views, leading Madonna to release a statement explaining its concept.

    After the invasion of Iraq started, Madonna cancelled the release of the original music video, because of the political climate of the country at the time...


    Maybe.  Or maybe Madonna cared more about money than any actual political message she was delivering.  After all, having just witnessed the demise of the Dixie Chicks....

    The video is here.  Around 4:20, Madonna appears to throw the grenade at Bush, who proceeds to catch it in  midair, smirk (of course), and light a cigar - all while seemingly impervious to, and pleased by, the carnage unfolding all around him.

    Try doing that today.  Imagine Obama taking a hit from a Hellfire missile delivered straight from a Predator drone, only to have it turn into a a brand-new Titleist  5-iron. Watch him swing and smile, as innocents die abroad and Americans starve at home!

    Do it, and find yourself in jail faster than you can say "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula".  Assuming the media doesn't lynch you, Zimmerman-style, first.

    A lot has changed in ten years, I'd reckon...


              400: The Expendables        
    Original cast back for our 400th show! Google plans for a modular camera system. FAA releases draft for drone regulations. And Affinity Photo: a free alternative to Photoshop. This week’s guests: Alex Lindsay, Ron Brinkmann, Aaron Mahler and Steve Simon.
              397: White House Drone        
    Someone crash lands a DJI Quadcopter on President Obama's front lawn. Plus Sports Illustrated lays off its remaining staff photographers. Join Frederick Van Johnson and his guests Syl Arena, Cheryl Machat Dorskind, Joseph Linaschke and Giulio Sciorio.
              389: The Empire Strikes Back...Again!        
    Sony announces the A7II with 5-axis image stabilization. Adobe reveals more details on a streaming version of Photoshop. And rumor has it, GoPro will start selling drones in 2015. This week’s guests: Valerie Jardin and Evgeny Tchebotarev.
              Abundance        

    People who gush with hope and optimism about the future are few and far between. One of them is Peter Diamandis, a fifty-one year old aerospace engineer and medical doctor, who gives us an upbeat assessment in his book, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. (1) The key to a prosperous planetary future, according to Diamandis, is to "raise global standards of living," with special focus on the worst off, mainly Africans, whom he calls the "bottom billion." Abundance, he holds, starts with satisfying the basic needs of everyone on the planet, a goal toward which, he claims, significant progress has already begun. While Diamandis expects the developed nations and the U.N. to support the quest for abundance, he argues that three other ingredients are essential.

    The first is Do-It-Yourself "maverick innovators" who relish a challenge and who work in small groups, usually independent of government and universities, to develop technological marvels. Since technology matures exponentially, he argues, it has a "staggering potential" to improve global standards of living. Diamandis gives dozens of examples of Do-It-Yourselfers who have changed the world. For instance, Dean Kamen built a device that purifies water with miniscule amounts of energy; Burt Rutan inaugurated private space travel; Chris Anderson invented the drone; and a small group of friends in California, who dubbed themselves the Homebrew Computer Club, spawned twenty-three companies, including Apple. (2)

    The second is a new breed of wealthy and generous benefactors who are committed to improving the world. Most of them earned fortunes early in life, mainly in computers and mobile phones. He calls them techno-philanthropists. For instance, Bill Gates of Microsoft is spreading a vaccine around the world to combat malaria, and Jeff Skoal of e-Bay has awarded $250 million to eighty-one entrepreneurs working to improve life on five continents. (3)

    The third is significant cash prizes, sponsored by techno-philanthropists, foundations, governments, and corporations, to induce competition among teams of Do-It-Yourselfers to tackle formidable global challenges. Diamandis cites many historical examples of the success of such prizes. For instance, the lure for Charles Lindbergh'sNew YorktoParisflight in 1927 was a $25,000 prize. Diamandis is convinced that such incentives can produce technological breakthroughs to bring the entire world safe water, abundant food, electricity, toilets and sewers, basic health care, housing, education, modern banking and transportation, and hundreds of low-cost products.

    Diamandis's message is refreshing, even inspiring, but he may be written off as a

    modern-day Dr. Pangloss, the pie-in-the-sky optimist in Voltaire's Candide, unless he overcomes a major hurdle - funding. Although his X PRIZE Foundation has attracted sponsors of cash prizes for six projects so far, it hopes to secure funding for more than eighty others. One wonders how much nations stricken with debts and deficits can help. Hopefully, many more of the world's wealthy, including the one-thousand billionaires, will step up to the plate.


     

    1. Free Press, 2012, 386 pages. Steven Kotler, a science journalist, assisted Diamandis with the book, and is listed as a co-author. Diamandis established theInternationalSpaceUniversityto promote space exploration, the X PRIZE Foundation to provide incentives for discoveries that can benefit millions of people, andSingularityUniversityto offer courses, degrees, and conferences about problems facing the world and their potential solutions. He took undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from MIT and a M.D. from Harvard.
    2. Also, Tony Spear came up with the proposal to use air bags to cushion the landing of an unmanned rover on Mars, which worked, and Craig Venter fully sequenced the human genome in less that one year for less than $100 million. By contrast, the U.S. Government spent ten years and $1.5 billion to do this. Venter is now developing synthetic life that can manufacture ultra-low-cost fuels.
    3. Techno-philanthropists also subsidize dozens of organizations such as Camfed, led by Ann Cotton, which has educated over a quarter million girls in Africa, and the Acumen Fund, led by Jacqueline Novogratz, which has invested $75 million in seventy companies in South Asia andAfricato deliver affordable health care, water, housing, and energy to the poor.

    © 2012 Tom Shipka


              352: The Jedi Mind Trick        
    Nikon announces the Nikon 1 V3. Instagram and product placement. Drone pilots are flying high again. Photography retailer Calumet closes its doors in the United States. And an interview with Panasonic luminary Rob Knight.
              296: Game of Drones        
    A discussion on Nikon's newest DSLR. We dive into Droneography, the art of doing aerial photography with drones and quadcopters. And is Flickr finally Back? Plus an interview with Aaron Mahler.
              Nuclear-armed drones? They may be closer than you think        

    Nuclear-armed drones? They may be closer than you think

    http://www.atimes.com/nuclear-armed-drones-not-just-yet-but-the-outlook-is-scary/

    By: Richard A. Bitzinger
    Date: 2016-10-09

    The US military increasingly relies on drones to carry out a multitude of tasks, usually those deemed too “dull, dirty, or dangerous” for manned missions. Most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) carry out routine reconnaissance. They also act as decoys, serve as communication relays, and even deliver light cargoes. But a growing number of drones are armed, such as the US Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, which are used mostly in tactical situations, such as targeting terrorists or insurgents.

    Now military strategists are considering acquiring longer-range drones, especially those capable of carrying out nuclear missions. In 2015 there were reports that Russia was attempting to build nuclear-armed drone submarines.

    It is a controversial strategy, given that it takes all the usual qualms there are about the increasing use of autonomous systems for war-fighting – the ethics of devolving too much authority to what are basically robots, susceptibility to hacking, etc. – but with much greater destructive power, given these systems’ range and payload. Nevertheless, it is at least worth considering.

    Read more »
              Comment on (ENDED) Sunday Lightning Deals: Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine, Kodak Superzoom, GoPRO, Feiyu, Acer PC, Etc by S. W. Anderson        
    "Or may be the “Astro” in the name confused them and they thought it was a telescope." A distinct possibility. BTW, re: Woot!'s upcoming "-off." More and more all year, Woot! has been off. Farther off all the time. A former Woot! guy now has his own selling site, Meh. Maybe in some kind of reaction, Woot! is trying to elicit "bleh." On what little is left of Woot!'s electronics section and for what seems like the past two weeks, it's buy a Yuneec drone or some big-screen monitor, or forget it. Oh well, maybe some of Amazon's unsold and apparently mammoth backlog of studio gear, action cams and security cams will finally get sold off, making way for Roomba knockoffs, pet beds for larger marsupials and self-erecting ironing boards, or whatever, before the holidays. ;)
              Comment on (ENDED) Sunday Lightning Deals: Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine, Kodak Superzoom, GoPRO, Feiyu, Acer PC, Etc by S. W. Anderson        
    OMG! "starts 9:29am ET: Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ361 (36x superzoom; price before sale $170)" I re-read that three times to make sure I wasn't imagining it — an actual still-photography camera that's not a GoPro or knockoff, or a security camera, or a coffee-proof spy camera embedded in a sugar cube, or a camera in a drone, or a camera in a phone, or any one of 23,000-plus photo-related, non-camera Neewer products. Woohoo! :)
              Comment on (ENDED) Monday Lightning Deals: Studio/Lightning Kits, Action Cams, Tripods, Etc by S. W. Anderson        
    Much better for you to get a good night's sleep. I sometimes venture over there at night to get a look at the deals, but not often. Between the sameness of the photographic offerings and the inclusion of vast numbers of GoPro knockoffs, security cameras and gear, drones and accessories, microscopes, etc., it's like an obstacle course. Then, there are the not-so-low, low prices.
              Mi primera investigación.        

    Los niños de la calle en México:
      Por: Andrea Ibelles Zambada-505 Matutino


    Introducción

    Los niños de la calles es un problema social, que lo vemos en las calles todos los días, en todos lados.
    Las personas somos seres humanos que necesitamos afecto y de seguridad para poder vivir, en cambio  estas pequeñas criaturas viven en las calles, desprotegidos, sin alguien que se encargue de darles un techo, alimento o amor.
    Este problema avanza, y se multiplica, por una o por otras razones los niños son abandonados a su suerte, y su hogar se convierte en las calles, haciendo lo que sea para poder, más que vivir, sobrevivir; dejando de lado el ser un niño, la diversión, la escuela, la inocencia, la ilusión, y muchas otras cosas más.
    Algunos podemos pensar que el problema de los niños de la calle va en disminución, pero eso es más que falsedad, los niños crecen, se desarrollan y mueren en la calle.
    En cierto momento dejan de ser niños, para convertirse en adultos, y siguen siendo de la calle, gente sin oficio ni beneficio.
    Las instituciones deberían dar ayuda a todos, y no solo a la minoría, ya que este es un gran problema.
    Los niños no deberían ser de la calle, ya que ellos son de nosotros.




    Planteamiento

    El ser humano al nacer es socialmente dependiente y es la familia en primera instancia la que ofrece el ámbito para crecer y desarrollarse. El recién nacido establece sus primeras relaciones con su madre y padre, luego hermanos y familiares, en cuanto que la familia brinde satisfacción de necesidades, tanto físicas como emocionales, le permitirá al individuo establecer relaciones adecuadas con su contexto, expresar sus emociones y adquirir un sentido de identidad  (Ascensión, 1997).
    Una familia la motivación funcional enfatiza para desarrollarse mejor y crecer en unidad, sabe optimizar encuentros. Los tiempos, dando lugar a reales Parte de una familia donde se promueven las relaciones honestas y se valora el esfuerzo para mejorar cada día, ella hace que disminuya los errores y prevengan situaciones a la desestabilicen que familia. Es por eso que en ella deben promoverse los valores  fundamentales como respeto deberes; que es derechos; cumplimiento de el parte del compañerismo los real que establecen miembros que la componen, lo cual supone desarrollar un autocontrol manejar conflictos retos para y (Herrera, 1997).
    Un  primer  elemento  para  considerar  es  que  los niños cualquiera  sea  su condición social, sus creencias, su lugar de nacimiento y sus comportamientos, son personas con derechos.
    Un niño de la calle no es un niño que juega en la calle durante el día. Un niño de la calle, no tiene la "suerte" de ser un niño que trabaja.

    El niño de la calle ha cortado todo contacto con su familia. No es cierto que no tenga familia. Simplemente ya no la tiene en cuenta. Esto puede ser debido a varias causas, la más frecuente de ellas siendo la disolución del núcleo familiar: muy a menudo, el cabeza de la familia es muy móvil. No duda en desplazarse para buscar un trabajo y a rehacer su vida a decenas o centenares de kilómetros del hogar. Abandona a la familia, aparece una nueva esposa, pueden ser muchas las razones, pero el problema es uno en particular, y no es algo de una persona, es un problema de todos, y en realidad, nadie hace nada.




    ¿Cómo se les denomina a los niños que viven literalmente en las calles de las ciudades?
    Se denomina a los niños que viven en las calles de una ciudad, privados de atención familiar y protección de un adulto. Los niños de la calle viven en edificios abandonados, cajas de cartón, aparcamientos, estaciones en desuso o en cualquier rincón donde puedan dormir sin ser agredidos ni descubiertos por la policía. Es difícil encontrar una definición precisa que pueda definir la enorme variedad de circunstancias en las que estos niños de la calle viven día a día. Sus condiciones son muy heterogéneas, desde niños que pasan todo el día en la calle y duermen en casa, con unos padres poco capacitados para atenderle adecuadamente; a jóvenes totalmente independientes que establecen sus propios grupos sociales, o comunidades de drogadictos dedicados al robo.
    ¿Por qué se presenta este problema social?
     
    Este problema se inicia naturalmente en la raíz de la familia, pueden existir muchos factores: Los niños son huérfanos escapan de su casa por problemas familiares, extravíos etc.

    Quedan sin atención de un adulto sin que alguien se haga responsable de ellos y tengan que valerse por si mismos.
    ¿Donde se presenta?

    Se manifiesta en grandes ciudades del mundo, y especialmente en países en vías de desarrollo, y son víctimas de abusos, negligencia y explotación. En ocasiones, los niños son asesinados por "escuadrones de limpieza" organizados por los negocios locales. En Latino américa  muchos de ellos son víctimas de abandono por familias económicamente incapaces de sostener a todos sus hijos. En África, una causa más común es el sida.
    ¿Quiénes son los afectados por tal problema?

    Los niños, Los padres de familia o tutores, La sociedad.
    ¿Cuando se manifiesta?

    Cuando existen conflictos o problemáticas en tus casas, escuela, o en la economía en la que se encuentre.

    En general cuando se pasa por una mala circunstancia.
    ¿Por qué hago esta investigación?

    La hago porque es un tema que afecta a todos como sociedad, además es un tema muy actual por el cual enfrentan un gran número de personas. Espero que con este proyecto podamos rectificar a nuestros compañeros en general y poder lograr un cambio.
    ¿Qué dudas tengo?

    Cual podría ser la mejor forma de evitar esto.
    Como se inicia este problema.

    Que podemos hacer todos como sociedad para corregirlo y que el índice de niños de la calle baje.
    ¿Que pretendo conocer?

    Los casos que llevan a este.
    ¿Cómo podemos evitar tal problemática? 

    Orientando a las familia y niños, antes de que la relación se destruya y lleguen a tales extremos como para que se presente este problema. Hay mucho que como sociedad podemos hacer, para empezar, planificar bien nuestra familia, y darle la educación correcta a nuestros hijos para que no existan tantos nacimientos no deseados o se presenten estos problemas en general




    Con niños de la calle se denomina a los niños que viven en las calles de una ciudad, privados de atención familiar y protección de un adulto. Los niños de la calle viven en edificios abandonados, cajas de cartón, aparcamientos, estaciones en desuso o en cualquier rincón donde puedan dormir sin ser agredidos ni descubiertos por la policía. Es difícil encontrar una definición precisa que pueda definir la enorme variedad de circunstancias en las que estos niños de la calle viven día a día. Sus condiciones son muy heterogéneas, desde niños que pasan todo el día en la calle y duermen en casa, con unos padres poco capacitados para atenderle adecuadamente; a jóvenes totalmente independientes que establecen sus propios grupos sociales, o comunidades de drogadictos dedicados al robo. 
    El problema de los niños de la calle se da por varios factores, pueden influenciar que vienen de una familia rota, o puede ser que su madre sea una prostituta y no pueda mantenerlos y simplemente los deja en la calle, igual puede suceder con las familias padres muy pobres con muchos hijos, abandonan a algunos para poder mantener a los otros, o también se puede dar el raro caso de que algunos niños escapen de los orfanatos, cuando huyen de las trabajadoras sociales después de quedar huérfanos, etc.
    La mayoría de las personas al escuchar la frase “niños en situación de calle” rápidamente pensarán en niños que desde su nacimiento a la fecha han vivido en la calle, los cuales trabajan para poder satisfacer sus necesidades y a la vez, se encuentran desprotegidos ante la situación de carecer de una familia, sin embargo, “niños en situación de calle” es sólo un término utilizado para referirse a la niñez en alto riesgo que se encuentra localizada en las áreas urbanas, el cual no distingue entre los niños “en” o “de” la calle. 
    En México existen 94795 niños en situación de calle, éstos pueden ser observados trabajando en cada cruce, a la entrada de estacionamientos, en los puestos callejeros, etc. Desde su nacimiento, los niños en este país son víctimas o beneficiarios (según   el estatus social) de su entorno. Este problema es muy grande ya que suelen enfrentarse a la calle debido a razones económicas, por ser huérfanos, o por ser víctimas de violencia intrafamiliar, etc. Una vez que se encuentran en la calle, los niños son vulnerables a padecer muchas enfermedades que son provocadas por su forma de alimentación y su estilo de vida, de igual forma, pueden llegar a tener contacto con todo tipo de drogas y en casos peores, a la prostitución, a los actos ilícitos como el crimen organizado, pandillas, entre otros. Al igual que el párrafo anterior, son tantos los motivos por lo que nos resulta importante realizar esta investigación documental, creemos que esta situación es importante porque no sólo se trata de abordar cómo viven estos niños sino también de preguntarnos cuáles fueron y cuáles siguen siendo los motivos para que esta situación continúe día con día, lo más importante que puede resultar de este trabajo es crear una concientización en las personas ya que es muy poco y generalizado lo que se sabe sobre este tema.




    En nuestro país la falta de apoyo a los programas sociales, el desinterés de las autoridades y de los medios contribuyen que este problema pase casi siempre desapercibido pues, aparentemente, la crisis económica es la principal culpable de esto y detrás de la acción de los organismos está la verdadera raíz del problema, cuando los mecanismos de acción se orientan a sólo dar de comer, curar y ofrecer un lugar donde dormir y no se promueven mecanismos de prevención orientados a evitar la aparición del problema desde su núcleo, el cual es la familia, poco se logra. Y mientras el desarrollo marcha más deprisa, no se realiza lo suficiente por educar a las personas con los valores que nos hacen verdaderamente humanos,la caridad no resuelve la verdadera crisis
    Niños de la calle como derivación de la violencia intrafamiliar es, tristemente un tema común en la ciudad de México, lo cual ha tomado un carácter alarmante ya que ha crecido considerablemente en los últimos años, La violencia puede destruir familias, pueblos, escuelas y de esta manera tiene efectos desastrosos en el desarrollo del niño; la violencia puede traer escasez de dinero, agua y techo que igualmente indispensables para el desarrollo del niño, siendo esto el objeto de nuestro estudio.
    Por ello es necesario comprender y explorar esta problemática, para evitar responder con soluciones impulsivas, simples y de corto plazo a la situación existente en relación a la violencia intrafamiliar. Lo anterior como consecuencia del deterioro de las condiciones de vida de grandes sectores de la población y las cambiantes condiciones sociales y políticas de nuestra sociedad, más aún si forma parte de nuestra vida cotidiana.
    Todos estos aspectos influyen en que las consecuencias sean este problema que los niños se escapen de la casa, dejen la escuela, que estén indefensos a ser víctimas o a no tener otra opción mas que a pertenecer a bandas de delincuentes, si nos ponemos a analizar un poco el tema nos damos cuenta que este simple problema conlleva a otro sin fin de problemas lo cual quiere decir que por un aspecto simple como la formación del hogar lleve a situaciones como esta  que ocasionan conflictos o problemas de mayo magnitud.
    Nuestra reflexión final destaca, como probable, que el origen de estos niños se gesta desde sus primeros contactos con la calle, sean breves o prolongados, hasta su permanencia definitiva en ella. Parece que en este abandono del hogar, la dinámica y el estilo de comunicación familiar son, entre otras, variables sustantivas para comprender y, de alguna manera, explicar dicho abandono. Las relaciones que se establecen entre los miembros de la familia, sin importar la cantidad de afecto, aportan elementos de análisis en este sentido.



    Este concepto que formamos lo logramos gracias a la investigación que hicimos recopilamos información de otras fuentes para enriquecer la hipótesis que teníamos sobre ¿Quienes era exactamente los niños de la calle?¿Causas?¿Problemas? y soluciones finalmente llegamos a la conclusión de que "Los niños de la calle" .El tema que abordamos es un problema que vivimos día con día, y lamentablemente en todo el mundo y que muy pocos se dan el tiempo de reconocer que este fenómeno es muy complejo y afecta directamente a la sociedad, debemos de crear conciencia de que los niños de la calle no pueden estar seguros además de que esta vida no es sana para su buen desempeño cognoscitivo y psicosocial. Para esto necesitaremos un nuevo método que será hacer casas de beneficencia, la cual podrán ir a comer, bañarse, hacer actividades recreativas en las cuales se sientan que son parte de la sociedad. No podemos cerrar los ojos a esta realidad necesitamos tomar conciencia del problema y sus implicaciones para así poder ser parte de una solución óptima y satisfactoria. Si creamos conciencia de este problema social, las personas realmente ayudaran a estos niño, entonces disminuirá el número de niños que viven en la calle. Si disminuye el número de niños que viven en la calle, estos niños tendrán la oportunidad de disfrutar su niñez y tener una mejor calidad de vida y desarrollo optimo.
    Y no tendrán la necesidad de salir a la calle con la idea errónea de que ahí encontraran lo que les faltaba en sus hogares. Por lo tanto si creamos conciencia sobre este problema social, muchos niños tendrán mejor calidad de vida, disfrutaran de su niñez y podrán ir a la escuela.
    Un concepto que investigamos es la definición sobre nuestro tema: Los “niños de la calle” son personas menores de 18 años, de uno y otro sexo (la mayoría varones), que habiendo roto el vínculo familiar temporal o permanente, viven y trabajan en las calles de las grandes ciudades realizando actividades marginales dentro de la economía informal. Con el abandono de una estructura y dinámica familiares caracterizadas por estilos de comunicación agresivos y violentos, estos niños sujetos activos estarían cimentando espontánea o voluntariamente, y con base en su propia actividad laboral, un intento por sobrevivir.
    Ahora queríamos lograr solucionar esta situación por la que nadie quiere pasar es simple, pero se necesita mucha paciencia, comprensión y dedicación; pensamos que las soluciones no son solo responsabilidad del tutor si no de la sociedad, el gobierno y tener por parte a los niños a los que queremos ayudar, las soluciones podrían ser:
    Efectuar campañas nacionales y divulgar información para alentar a los gobiernos y la sociedad civil a proporcionar a todos oportunidades 
    Adoptar una estrategia multisectorial orientada a promover el derecho a la educación y fortalecer las iniciativas conjuntas entre los gobiernos, los organismos de las Naciones Unidas, la sociedad civil, las ONG y el sector privado. 
    La prestación de servicios básicos (v. gr. cursos de alfabetización, apoyo médico y psicosocial, ropa y alimentos) directamente en la calle, para ayudar a los niños a tomar decisiones bien fundadas y positivas acerca de sus propias vidas, de la posibilidad de dejar la calle e incorporarse a centros de alojamiento o al seno de sus familias.
    Organizar rondas callejeras para identificar a los niños que recientemente se han echado a la calle y establecer un diálogo respetuoso que les ayude a tomar la decisión de abandonar esa opción.
    Integración de los niños de la calle en los primeros grados del sistema escolar y creación de programas de rehabilitación para los que han abandonado los estudios.
    Desarrollar actividades educativas extraescolares, talleres docentes personalizados y cursos de alfabetización y formación vocacional, para vincular la educación formal y la no formal y facilitar la matrícula de los niños de la calle en las escuelas públicas.




    Según encuestas realizadas, las edades tentativas a relación a los niños de la calle, son las siguientes:


    Entonces, podemos deducir que el nivel en el que su mente e inocencia está desarrollada, aún es, en algunos pasos poca, aun siguen siento inocentes y conservando su ilusión de niños.
    Como no darnos cuenta de esta problemática cuando el problema lo tenemos en nuestras narices, y no hacemos nada al respecto.

    Entonces, podemos asegurar que los niños de la calle son seres carentes de un hogar, de estudios, amor, y un techo fijo con el cual puedan protegerse.
    Debemos iniciar campañas para intentar desaparecer este problema social, ayudar a las familias a superar sus problemas, dar trabajo al que lo necesite, brindar psicólogos a los niños para quitar conductas que solo afectan la vida que tienen y su convivencia familiar, rescatar a niños de hogares que solo los dañan y brindar apoyo a madres maltratadas y niños.
    Hay que tener en cuenta, que el estar en la calle causa muchos otros problemas sociales, drogadicción, robo, pandillas, violencia, y todo por ser de la calle, porque en la calle nadie se educa exactamente para ejercer el bien.
    Por eso, abramos los ojos y démonos cuenta de lo que sucede.
    Porque los niños no son de la calle… son de nosotros.



    Referencias de investigación:
    http://rainbows.wecspain.org/roh/html/ninos_de_la_calle.html
    http://html.rincondelvago.com/ninos-de-la-calle-en-mexico.html
    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ni%C3%B1os_de_la_calle
    http://www.monografias.com/trabajos10/calle/calle.shtml
    http://www.lostiempos.com/diario/actualidad/local/20120519/presentan-un-estudio-sobre-ninos-de-la-calle_171969_361682.html
          

                                        Imágenes del problema:





                 

    ¡Reflexionemos!



              Interview of Edward M. Ward by Brian Shoemaker        
    Interview of Edward M. Ward by Brian Shoemaker Ward, Edward M., 1918-2004 Commander Edward Ward was the first Commanding Officer of VXE-6, the naval aviation group that was involved in exploration of Antarctica in the 1950s. Ward had been interested in aviation from his early youth. In 1938 he joined the Marine Corps Reserve, but two years later entered the Navy to attend flight school, his primary interest. He graduated from flight school in May 1941. In September 1941, he married Marilyn Hesser Ward, though at the time officers in his program were forbidden to marry, so he kept the arrangement secret. Initially he expected to be assigned to a carrier, but instead he was sent to Pensacola to attend Instructor’s School. After graduation, as the war began, he was assigned to a PBY squadron, and flew many anti-submarine flights. Later he served on Okinawa, and as the war ended, briefly in Japan. Ward applied for, and was granted, a regular navy commission. His first assignment in the regular navy was to Point Barrow, Alaska, where in May 1946, he began to fly a PBY as part of an aerial magnetometer survey, the Special Alaskan Magnetic Survey (SPAM). He made magnetometer flights with scientists from the US Coast and Geodetic Survey team to Kodiak, Umiak, and to Petroleum Reserve No. 4, which then included the entire north coast of Alaska. From the air they were seeking indications of oil deposits. Their major discovery was Prudhoe Bay, recognized, in later years, as the largest oil field in North America. Ward also had some close contacts with the local Eskimo community, despite the fact such contacts were discouraged because of the high incidence of tuberculosis among the natives. His SPAM assignment ended in August 1946, but it would prove to be the start of a lifetime of involvement with the polar regions. In early 1947 Ward made other magnetometer aerial surveys of the Aleutian Trench, including dormant volcanoes, such as Great Sitkin, that dominated the entrance to Adak. He also flew from Adak to Midway and Wake Islands, to do aerial surveys of Bikini and Enewetak atolls. In September 1947, he flew home to Alameda aboard the huge Mars seaplane, the world’s largest commercial seaplane. In early 1949 Ward was sent to GCA (Ground Control Approach) School, but soon received different orders to Military Air Transport Service (MATS) with the Air Force. This was excellent duty, but temporary, and in October 1950, he returned to Alaska to participate in Ski Jump I, which among other things, involved landing an R4D on skis on sea ice on the Arctic Ice Cap to do oceanographic research. Except for Sir Hubert Wilkins, who had earlier crash landed on the sea ice, no one had ever done this before. Ward and his crew stayed at the Naval Arctic Research Lab (NARL) at Barrow. There were three officers and several high ranking enlisted men in his crew, and included photographers and radiomen. They transported civilian oceanographers from Wood’s Hole. Their challenge was to find suitable, safe landing sites on smooth sea ice. These were provided by the “leads,” or areas of open seas that had recently refrozen. Their first landing was successful, and Ward and scientists from Wood’s Hole started immediately to set up Oceanographic Station No. 1. The location was approximately 280 miles due north of Barrow. Using an ordinary chain saw, the scientists drilled a square hole in the ice, through which a 10,000 foot cable could be lowered to the bottom of the ocean to measure temperature and salinity, take depth soundings, and collect bottom samples. The men set up a tent, but slept aboard the plane. Ideally the ice should be three feet thick for a safe landing. All landings were made on wheels, not skis. During their first year of operation, Ward and his colleagues established twelve ice stations between March and June 1951, as part of Operation Ski Jump I. About a year later Ward returned to the Arctic in February 1952, as part of Ski Jump II. It was a larger, more ambitious enterprise, using three planes rather than one, two P2V’s, and an R4D. Twice the P2V’s had engine failure, and multiple oil leaks. The men were cautioned to look out for polar bears, and carried carbines in case of an attack. None ever occurred. Typically Ward and his colleagues could make two ice landings on a single day, but occasionally they would remain at a site for a day or longer. Large bladders filled with fuel were deposited at several locations, but it was found that direct refueling from another plane worked best. On a planned trip to the North Pole Ward’s R4D, running low on fuel, landed on a less than ideal ice cap. Another pilot, carrying fuel, landed a P2V, but his plane was damaged in the landing. Fortunately repairs were made, the R4D refueled, and the P2V returned safely to base. Unfortunately, Ward’s plane was damaged in takeoff, lost a prop, and the men found themselves in a survival situation 800 miles north of Barrow in one of the most remote places in the world. Nobody knew where they were, and radio communication did not work. After two days the radio man established contact with an amateur ham radio operator who notified the Navy of the location and plight of the damaged aircraft. After nearly a week Jack Cooley, a pilot, found the downed plane and returned the nine men safely to Barrow. But plans for a flight to the North Pole were scrapped. The R4D plane was abandoned. Soon Operation Ski Jump II was concluded. It had led to the creation of six additional oceanographic ice stations, making a total of 18 for both Ski Jump I and II. After two brief postings, in July 1953 Ward was assigned to the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C. The next year a chance encounter with Admiral Byrd gave Ward an opportunity to indicate his interest in an Antarctic assignment. Thanks to a timely intervention by President Eisenhower, funding was found for another expedition. Captain (soon to be Admiral) George Dufek, USN, brought back from retirement, was placed in charge, and Ward volunteered to accompany him to Antarctica. This was the beginning of Operation Deep Freeze I. Ward was named as the Air Operations officer. Dufek provided strong leadership, and Admiral Byrd, also recalled from retirement, was named Officer in Charge of Antarctic Programs, a glorified title for his role as a consultant. Herb “Trigger” Hawkes was named Chief of Air Operations by Dufek for Deep Freeze I, and he recruited various other team members. As it happened, the Secretary of the Navy rejected Hawkes as Chief of Air Operations. Ward replaced him temporarily as Commander, but four months later Gordon Ebbe became the Skipper of the Squadron. Commander Ward, stationed at the time at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent, Maryland, conferred frequently with Admiral Dufek, and worked to recruit additional members of Deep Freeze I. Harry Hedblom, Commander, USN, was recruited as Senior Flight Surgeon. Hal Kolp, Marine Lt. Colonel, was named Executive Officer of VX-6. As it happened, Ward was not able to participate in Deep Freeze I in Antarctica. Shortly before his planned departure his wife, Marilyn, faced a dangerous medical situation caused by a caesarian birth. Consequently, Ward was named Officer in Charge of the Patuxent Detachment so that he could remain at home close to his wife. Those who participated in Deep Freeze I recorded many significant accomplishments, including some of the first long-range reconnaissance flights in the R5D. Joe Entrigen piloted the first airplane to land at McMurdo after a long international flight. Later he made a long flight toward the magnetic South Pole. Hank Jorda and Jack Donavan, accompanied by Gordon Ebbe, flew Admiral Byrd to the South Pole, his last visit there. Back home, one of Ward’s responsibilities at Patuxent was to line up planes for the expedition. Two planes connected to Deep Freeze I crashed; an Otter in Antarctica, and a P2V in the Brazilian jungle not far from Manaus. Fortunately, all crew members from both flights were rescued. Ward was able to participate in Deep Freeze II. He flew to McMurdo via Hawaii, Fiji, and New Zealand. The final leg of the flight, on October 17, 1955, from Christchurch to McMurdo, was the “worst flight” he ever made in his entire career. On part of the trip they flew through blizzard conditions. Minutes before they landed, a second plane, a P2V, crashed on the runway. Four crewmen were killed on that flight. Virtually out of fuel Ward successfully landed his own plane. The next day Ward was named to write the formal accident report on the crashed P2V. Soon he was busy making various flights, including three long-range R4D flights over the South Pole and beyond, to do trimetrogon photography. His flights were the first ever made to these locations. Hank Hanson was his co-pilot, Dick Swadener his navigator. He also flew an Otter several times to Marble Point although he never landed there. Admiral Dufek had some interest in possibly constructing a permanent base there. Gus Shinn, pilot, and “Trigger” Hawkes, co-pilot, made the first landing at the South Pole on October 30, 1956. Admiral Dufek and Doug Cordiner sat in the back as passengers. Ward himself landed at the Pole on November 30, 1956. Construction started soon thereafter by the Seabees on the first base at the South Pole. The Air Force used C-124’s to drop supplies. In February, 1957, Ward, and others, including Shinn and Cordiner, were flown out to the sea plane tender, USS Glacier, for the trip back to New Zealand; from there they flew home to Quonset Point aboard an R5D. He did not participate in Deep Freeze III. Instead he was named Commanding Officer of VU4, a utility squadron based at Chincoteague, Virginia. He managed various kinds of aircraft including drones. Later he had several different commands. For his polar achievements Ward was named an Honorary Member of the American Polar Society. Major Topics Aerial surveys in late 1940’s for oil sites on north coast of Alaska Operations Ski Jump I (1950) and Ski Jump II in Alaska (1952) Construction of 18 research stations on ice floes in early 1950’s Capability and features of various military aircraft in 1950’s Operation Deep Freeze II in Antarctica (1955-56) Recollections about numerous Navy pilots and personnel from 1950’s and 1960’s Key Names Bower, Dick, Seabee who built South Pole station, p. 148 Bower, Paul, p. 103 Brewer, Max, pp. 65-66 Brower, Tom, pp. 30-31 Butler, Smedley D., Marine Corps General, p. 5 Byrd, Richard, Admiral, pp. 1, 42, 44, 90-91, 116-117, 161 Canham, Dave, Lt. Commander, USN, Seabees, p. 138 Carey, Dave, USN pilot, p. 137 Cooley, Jack, pp. 69-70, 70-80, 86-88 Cordiner, Doug, USN pilot, pp. 118, 129-130, 149, 153 Crary, Bert, pp. 66-67 Dietrich, Henry, USN Captain, pp. 93, 95 Disney, Walt, pp. 99-100 Donovan, Jack, USN pilot, p. 116 Dufek, George, USN Captain (and later Admiral), pp. 93-104, 109-110, 121, 127, 142-44, 149, 153 Ebbe, Gordon, pp. 16-17, 52-53, 64-5, 106-108, 112-113, 116, 121, 129, 137, 144, 154 Eielson, Ben, Navy pilot, p. 43 Eisenhower, Dwight, pp. 91-92 Entrigen, Joe, USN pilot, pp. 114-116 Fletcher, Joe, pp. 77-78, 86 Frankiewicz, Eddie, USN pilot, pp. 122, 148 GCA, Ground Control Approach, Navy radar landing system, pp. 40-41 Gould, Larry, pp. 91, 97, 101 Hanson, Hank, USN pilot, pp. 139-142 Hawkes, Herb “Trigger”, Chief of Air Operations for Deepfreeze I, pp. 19, 104, 111, 114, 137-139, 149 Hedblom, Harry, Commander, USN, p. 109 Holmes, John, Senior scientist from Wood’s Hole, pp. 59, 63, 67, 71 Jorda, Hank, USN pilot, p. 116 Keller, Fred, scientist, pp. 12-13, 19, 24, 34 Kielhorn, Bill, Coast Guard reserve officer, p. 66 Kolp, Hal, Marine Lt. Col., pp. 103, 113-114 McHale, [?], Navy Chief, pilot, pp. 63, 82, 88 Mirabito, John, pp. 129-130 Morehead, Dave, Lt. JG, Navy navigator, pp. 49-50 Ogle, John, Navy Commander at Attu, pp. 35-36 Otti, Charlie, USN pilot, pp. 120, 124 Pendergraff, Penny, pp. 104-05 Sabolik, Pete, Eskimo friend of Ward, p. 28 Shinn, Gus, pp. 103-04, 118, 146, 149-150, 153 Siple, Paul, pp. 2, 91, 138, 148 Sterling, Stu, Navy officer, pp. 41-41 Swadener, Dick, USN navigator, pp. 131, 142, 149 Torbert, Jack, USN pilot, pp. 111, 120, 124 Ward, Marilyn Hester, wife of Edward Ward, pp. 8-10, 112-113 Weigand, Rudy, p. 103 Wein, Sig, Eskimo bush pilot, pp. 29-30 Wilkins, Sir Hubert, Arctic explorer, pp 43, 66 Winkler, Tom, USN navigator, p. 120 Woodward, Edward, Navy pilot, pp. 45, 49-50, 88 Worthington, Val, pilot, pp. 67, 71
              Sahibini havadan takip eden sevimli kameraman: Lily Camera        
    Son zamanlarda şu kamera entegreli drone olayının yaygınlaşması gerçekten çok güzel oldu. Özellikle benim gibi “Bir gün çok şaane bir sinema filmi çekeceğim. Böyle düpdüşük bütçeyle havadan görüntü alıp sinemada çığır açacağım” diye hayal kuranları “Lan yoksa gerçekten yapabilir miyim?” türü umut dolu düşüncelere gark eyledi. O tür cihazlardan biri olan Lily Camera gerek son...
              â€œDrone Flash”        
    In this video photographer David Robinson hooks an Elinchrom flash to a drone to get some spectacular lighting on his MTB shoot. I don’t think this will necessarily catch on as a trend but hey, it’s cool and different. Thanks … Continue reading
              Bazele americane, autorizate să doboare drone suspecte!        
    Bazele militare americane sunt acum autorizate să doboare orice dronă privată sau comercială considerată amenințătoare, a anuntat Pentagonul. Potrivit purtatorului de cuvant al institutiei, capitanul Jeff Davis, noile directive au fost trimise catre diversele ramuri ale Apărării americane inca de vineri.
              Turkey detains Russian 'planning drone attack on US warplane'        
    none
              By: careful there        
    Well MJR - your guess is as good as anyone's, but until Droney actually removes their anonymity, I think it should be respected. It's just basic courtesy and smart practice in situations like this. Once there is action on either case, then you can shame these women however you want. Until then, however, just chill a bit.
              By: Marc J. Randazza        
    No, you're my groupies! (Just kidding) And anon is right... I *am* a little biased. My bias does come from personally observing the evidence and facts, but it is true that the Ciolli case in E.D. Pa. is just an unanswered complaint at this time. Nevertheless, there has not been "court ordered anonymity." The "two does" filed as "Doe I" and "Doe II." Droney had no part in that, and as of yet, no defendant has challenged it. My guess is that Droney would remove the anonymity if asked to. All a defendant would need to do is use the memorandum of law that defeated AK47's request and add in a little discussion of how even the Does attorneys didn't know which Doe was which through two revisions of their complaint. And finally, nobody has "outed" the Does. Everyone knew who they were. Their quest for "privacy" is belied by their rush to the spotlight. Just as the pseudonymous defendants in their action should be identified and forced to answer for their words, the Does should be required to answer for their bad faith litigation. "You break it, you buy it" applies to everyone.
              By: anony        
    Randazza - I'm sympathetic to "careful there" as well. While Ciolli's case is not a SLAPP, both it and the Doe's case are nothing more than unanswered briefs. None of us are in a position to make a judgment on the merits, seeing how there hasn't even been a response yet. Yet you can see the danger here. Party A is granted anonymity to sue Party B. Party B turns around and sues A in another district and then others go online and broadcast the real name of A. Certainly you can't believe that a mere allegation of wrongdoing in another court can serve as justification to remove court-ordered anonymity. Imagine if Droney had quashed the subpoena. Could the Does just turn around and sue AK47 under his real name for something frivolous and then broadcast it everywhere? Until Ciolli wins anything, I think there's no justification in "outting" the Does. You may think that Ciolli has a good suit, but you're not an unbiased individual.
              By: Marc J. Randazza        
    Disgusted, As I've noted before, I don't have a dog in this fight anymore. And, as I noted above, if the blog publisher has any reason to think that the names should be removed, I have no problem with that. However, using this Doe I and Doe II nomenclature has already confused their very own attorneys. T,.hey've been named in another action. They willingly, voluntarily, and joyfully engaged the press. I feel no obligation to cloud a discussion of the case with more of this Doe I and Doe II nonsense. I'm certainly not doing *everything possible* to name or shame them. I've not pulled a Leiter, making sure that I use their names in post titles. I've only used their names when it was instrumental to a point I was making. At all other times, I respect their desire for anonymity by referring to them as "the Plaintiffs" or "the Does." Nobody is trying to "shepherd more abuse their way". Nor to "shame them". They are being made to account for their actions in the E.D. Pennsylvania, and Mr. Ciolli's case has merit -- which is far more than can be said for their case against him. They are worthy of being shamed. They filed a patently frivolous lawsuit against Mr. Ciolli and Mrr. Mariner (pseudonym, "a horse walks into a bar association"). They comported themselves in a shameful manner. Naturally, I am certain you'll respond with a "well what about (insert name of defendant here)". I don't care about the other defendants. If someone crashes into me with a car, I don't sue everyone in a three mile radius. With respect to their anonymity, Droney has not yet been asked if they can continue anonymously. I think that if a defendant requested that anonymity be stripped away -- using nothing but the arguments that they presented to challenge AK47's request, Droney would likely grant it. As they close in on other defendants, at least one of them will think of it.
              By: disgusted        
    Judge Droney is allowing the plaintiffs to continue anonymously, but Ciolli and Randazza are doing everything possible to name them, shame them, and shepherd more abuse their way.
              Foto con drone        

    Foto con drone per Palazzo Belmonte, dimora  settecentesca del Principe di Belmonte.    

    L'articolo Foto con drone proviene da Hotel Web Site, design agency.


              THIS IS HOW WE WALK ON THE MOON        
    This week’s radio show had a nice gentle flow to it. Kora & cello, vintage Arthur Russell, vintage Sory Kandia Kouyaté, new bass events, extra nutrition. Now streaming: tracklist Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal Wo Ye N’gnougobine Chamber Music Arthur Russel This Is How We Walk On The Moon Another Thought Physical Therapy Drone On […]
              A guy flying in a hammock attached to his drone        

    Why drive when you can take a drone?

              Sparrow sized drone        
    Yes cameras are getting smaller but what about the drones?  There’s no standard set for the size or design of drones, and the Army plans to use that to its advantage. Introducing the Black Hornet Nano.   I’s a a micro drone, designed by a firm in Norway called Prox Dynamics. This helicopter drone is small enough to […]
              The Lily Camera Drone is cool!        
      I ran across the Lily Camera Drone today.  It’s waterproof, has a tracking device that lets it follow you.  It records slo-mo, HD video, sound and takes 12mp still photos.   This drone is automatic, you don’t have to control it’s every move. Yes, you could use it for surveillance but the applications are […]
              Al viento, viñetas. Por José O. Paredes        

    Utopía y mala educación


    La educación en el país: un chiste de mal gusto. Si no se le pone el cascabel al gato, las cosas irán de mal en peor. No pueden estar peores, responde uno que estuvo en la revuelta y salvó la vida porque Dios es grande y era corredor como una liebre. ¡Pero no es un chiste! Es para ponerse a llorar a gritos, reclama una madre que ve en la televisión que era a su hija a la que estaba apaleando un policía. No es que se haya topado con la Iglesia, sino con la estupidez de los políticos que siguen comulgando con ruedas de carretas y agradeciéndole a la dictadura las amarras y siguen al pie de la letra los dictados de las sacrosantas leyes del mercado, de ese modo dejan que se salve el que pueda en esto de educarse. El caso es que ni para mini negocio da la cosa. La educación pasó a ser más que un negocio un gran negociado, y por eso estamos como estamos: la mataron los ideólogos de la dictadura que se infatúan todavía con lo de la libertad de enseñanza, eufemismo que sería patético si no fuera de vida o muerte. Es ridículo, o criminal, que no sea una razón de estado, dice una abuela que se educó en las escuelas de antaño. Los estudiantes se están subiendo por el chorro le dice el ministro del interior sin asumir sus palabras y diciéndole usted lo escribió, a la periodista que lo confronta. ¿Subiéndose por el chorro? ¿Esa es la manera de responder a un movimiento de niños que no quieren tomarse el cielo por asalto si no tener un pupitre donde poder soñar con un futuro más ancho y menos ajeno y bastardo? Vergüenza debiera darle al señor ministro, al presidente y a todos los que han hecho la vista gorda sobre la mala educación en el país: ésta es un fracaso total, hace agua por todos lados. Ningún parche la arreglará, por más buena voluntad que se ponga en contener la avalancha. Podemos deducir que los estudiantes no quieren tener un futuro promisorio sino un presente que los ayude a recuperar el tiempo perdido y no ser nunca más las víctimas de un sistema educacional hecho a la medida de los que no quieren que seamos un país de libres. Moraleja obvia, o no tan obvia, para muchos: La mala educación mata. Es todo; así terminó el cuento. Sin embargo, la revuelta dará sus frutos, más temprano que tarde, dirá un romántico que no pierde la esperanza al ver al futuro de toda patria: los niños, tomando las riendas del fracaso de los adultos, que todavía no entienden que la cosa va por otro lado. Sin revolución no hay pan, sin educación nunca habrá evolución.



    Lección de vida

    Los estudiantes la escucharon sin respirar; a más de alguno le salió un suspiro, tal vez una lágrima: algo emocionante había en la mujer que los visitaba. Como ellos había llegado bien lejos en la vida, pero también pasó el infierno de los suyos. Por culpa de los escuadrones de la muerte huyó al Norte; era profesora y la habían amenazado de muerte; por eso se aventuró en la travesía que le cambiaría la vida para siempre. No les contó las que habrá pasado en su camino a estar viva. Los jóvenes saben de su pasión porque también la vivieron sus padres; incluso alguno de ellos mismos ha replicado la huida de la maestra Palacios, por culpa de las pandillas o por reunificación familiar. También son mojados y por eso entienden de lo que les habla. La guerra destruyó las familias del campo y la ciudad y por eso llegaron por estos lados, por nada más entonces; y por la otra guerra que asola a El Salvador después de la paz: la pobreza y las maras. Llegó a ser doctora, porque no se quedó rumiando su rabia ni tampoco muriéndose de nostalgia. Ni la muerte ni la distancia tuvieron dominio en sus territorios ni mucho menos en su alma.

    Juegos peligrosos, crímenes perfectos


    Se llaman vigilantes, pero más que nada son cazadores. No de fortuna sino de infortunados. Y les va bien, porque tienen armas de última generación, por lo que los que caen en el centro de sus miras no tienen escapatoria. Se ungieron a sí mismos en vigilantes de la frontera sur de Estados Unidos, materia que debiera estar en manos de las fuerzas policiales de fronteras, pero como éstas no dan abasto ante el flujo y reflujo migratorio, tomaron la justicia en sus manos y así les va a los que entran en el horizonte de sus armas. Las autoridades hacen la vista gorda y las denuncias de las organizaciones de apoyo a los inmigrantes caen en saco roto. A río revuelto están sacando ganancias de cazadores: han pasado a ser los nuevos héroes para los más retrógrados del país hambriento de héroes de cartón piedra. Todavía no siembran la frontera de cadáveres, pero ya hay una cantidad sustancial de muertos por una bala entre ceja y ceja o en el corazón, a los que dejan tirados para que sean un aviso intimidatorio a los que seguirán la suerte de los caídos en esta guerra injusta. Quieren hacer cada vez más difícil el Paso al Norte a los desesperados del mundo, pero no van a conseguir nunca que éstos dejen de arriesgar sus vidas. Porque más les vale perderla de un viaje, que a fuego lento en sus países donde no tienen ninguna tabla de salvación. El Norte es la última esperanza que tienen y es por eso que no se arredran; porque no tienen mucho que perder, si acaso la vida: se la juegan a fondo en esa aventura. Un nuevo fascismo ha nacido en Estados Unidos; los vigilantes y los Minutemen son una muestra oficial de esa lacra. Un linchamiento a mansalva está ocurriendo en la Frontera Sur –y no hay autoridad local ni federal que le quiera poner atajo– a plena luz del día y de la noche. Por cierto la vida no vale nada para los que cazan hombres, mujeres y niños como si fueran conejos al norte del río Grande.



    Salvajes nuevos

    A puertas cerradas y a televisión abierta fue el pillaje. A sangre fría, como el asesino de Capote, dirá uno que sabe de muertes: es un sobreviviente. Se cambiaba la ley y no habría problemas por decenas de años, fue el sueño y sabían que lo iban a lograr: tenían el poder de la fuerza y eso les daba la razón. Fueron unos salvajes que querían hacer pagar caro la revolución que tuvieron no ha mucho. Si no hubiese habido educación, todo habría andado bien para sus bolsillos y no se habrían rebelado, buscando un imposible y reclamando por un mundo mejor, los muy malditos. Para eso cortaron de raíz todo, antes que les salieran alas de nuevo a los revoltosos que no dejaban tranquilo el país. Ahora sí es una taza de leche, y eso tiene que preservarse: el estado tiene que sacar sus manos, y que entre a tallar el capital y la libertad de enseñanza, es decir la de ellos: ¿ley del embudo? El neoliberalismo entraba en la arena como el mejor de los salvajes: destruyendo todo. Ahora, y entonces, en los días de su reinado, el país se vino abajo, pero no en la caída libre del poeta de Huidobro, sino en la peor de todas, la del sálvese, o rásquese, quien pueda: los pobres con su pobreza, los ricos con su riqueza y los chicha ni limoná... Pues a ellos les llegará cuanto antes y sin darse cuenta la hora de pagar. Siempre habían tenido al ministerio entre ojos, por eso lo hicieron pedazos y ahora andamos volando bajo; la anarquía es de padre y señor mío. De esa destrucción viene todo, el mal y el malestar y la desazón que abruma y está despertando a unos tantos: lo hicieron un país farandulero; ayer y lo es hoy, en una decadencia sin parangón ni paracaídas; de mal educados. Capitalismo salvaje, puro y simple brilla en el smog de Santiago y nada más, donde los nuevos neoliberales se soban las manos tratando de seguir viéndoles la suerte a los ciudadanos que cada día que pasa son más bobos. Para ello destruyeron la educación y le dieron chipe libre al amor tirano: la omnipresente televisión que todo lo abarata, hasta el alma. Capitalismo, neoliberalismo son la misma historia dirán los desencantados o los que ven bajo el agua; otro le responderá que son iguales de salvajes, los de ahora y los de ayer. Depende desde donde se mire, les responderá un liberal recién llegado a bordo y tal vez sea la primera rata que escape del barco que se hunde.

    Tentados


    La dejó ir sin más, no porque quisiera. Era una desconocida y en aquellos minutos que estuvieron juntos les fue como la eternidad. A primera vista les fue el todo, que en todo caso no habría sido nada si no hubiera sido que la hermosa apoyase su pubis, como si nada la cosa, en el perfil de su mano que iba sujeta a la baranda metálica. Todo fue siendo súbito, ni que hubiera sido sueño. Dos, tres, cuatro estaciones; habría seguido hasta el final con ella, pero tenía que bajarse en El Llano. Sería todo, y más que una ilusión. Se movía al compás del tren, como si nada, y el vaivén imperceptible lo hacía soñar con el paraíso. Le recorría el calor que a todos nos da, y el morbo maravilloso. En ese instante único y unánime eran, no importara qué, el uno para el otro, y sin embargo sabían, por buenas razones o no, que ese viaje tenía un final anunciado: no llegarían más allá. Seguro que ella recordará, o no. A lo mejor es su hábito, el de ‘aparearse’ con desconocidos en el tren, quién sabe. ¿O fue realmente un encuentro que debieron haber seguido hasta las últimas consecuencias? El hecho es que no olvida ese suceso después de años, y tal vez le fue solo un sueño o una realización de deseos que todos llevamos dentro cuando viajamos en metro, o bajo nuestras almohadas.

    Post Mortem

    a Stella Díaz Varín


    Perdió la oportunidad de su vida al escribir la última crónica de la poeta en forma de epitafio, ¿o ‘reconocimiento’? Su mal gusto y mala leche, quedó demostrado otra vez al sacar a la luz historias íntimas de la occisa, que ya no venían al caso. Nosotros, sus lectores esperábamos algo mejor que su patética revancha. Era leyenda la mala vida y mejor fama que tuvo la glamorosa poeta en sus años jóvenes y en su irse del mundo de los tontos. El Fürher se equivocó de nuevo al demostrar su bajeza con la muerta que no tiene forma de refutar la fabulación de su vida pública hecha por el Palomo blanco, que de blanco tiene sólo su cabellera. Es un vil villano o está senil esta mala sombra, nos preguntamos y damos vuelta la hoja del diario. Hombre de mala fe, de mente podrida, le diría la poeta, si pudiera defenderse. Pero también recordaría que así son las cosas en su patria podrida, en que ni a los muertos dejan de chaquetearlos: la envidia es un arte nacional; bien lo supo en vida y ahora lo saben sus restos que debieran descansar en paz. El cronista mercurial sabe de esas cosas y a lo mejor ya está en su cuesta abajo y no tiene idea cuán gran poeta es la Estela, que a pesar de todo murió en su ley y nunca vendió su alma al diablo como otros de su generación, la que en los años del asco luchó junto a los suyos. Pudo hacer una hermosa crónica y no hizo más que ensuciar la memoria de la Musa de los del 50, como las palomas que bajan de las nubes a los enamorados de la Plaza de Armas con su producción terrestre.



    Preguntas al alimón

    Quién le hace el juego a quién. Todo parecía indicar que a río revuelto ganancia de... perdedores. Los opositores, de la mano de su líder, creían que oponiéndose a como dé lugar en contra de las movidas del presidente para poner fuera del juego a los terroristas que andan dando los últimos palos de ciego –en una retirada de punto final, aunque tomadas por pinzas por estos, que de política saben muy poco; sólo conocían el silencio después de las balas, o el de los bombazos, o el de sus madrigueras. Cabría preguntarse si en realidad quieren la derrota del enemigo –en su caso y en el de todos, el enemigo principal sería los que por fin dejaron de matar– o le están dando más afrecho para que en aguas divididas saquen dividendos sustanciosos, los que están cambiando de piel. Quitándole la sal y el agua no llegarán muy lejos los que se oponen a remache a los pasos del gobierno para lidiar con la banda terrorista; se puede presagiar que llegarán nada más ni nada menos que a beber el amargo de su propia derrota e infamia. Tienen su agenda y no hay nada nefasto en ello, de eso se vive en democracia. Mas, cabría hacerse otra pregunta: estos benditos son demócratas reales ¿o son un espejismo? Todo lo ven en rojo (son peores que toros listos para el duelo a muerte) –en su caso en blanco y negro– y la vida no es así, sobre todo en política en que toda intransigencia mata a la gallina de los huevos de oro. De que tiene huevos, el señor cuestionado y sus seguidores, no cabe duda, con la salvedad que en cualquier momento se les pueden volver hueros. Es tiempo de ponerle el cascabel a los intransigentes y no dejar que sus consignas sigan ensuciando la mente de los ciudadanos que quieren más que nadie vivir en paz: el derecho de vivir en paz no se los debe ensuciar nadie. Hacen creer que la hecatombe está a la vuelta de la esquina es de frívolos, y no es para tanto. Por suerte la historia no se detiene y al final del largo camino los gritos a rebato de los intransigentes se los habrá llevado el viento: no habrá habido el Apocalipsis tanta veces anunciado por ellos y los que de manera implícita reconocían su derrota, escuchaban desde la vereda del frente los estertores de los que les hacían el juego.

    Casa sucia


    En Palacio los tienen entre ojos. No paran un minuto de hacer lo imposible para borrarlos de la faz de la tierra. Tienen los mejores estudios y los cuentos de sus espías en carpetas especiales con lo que hacen y no hacen esos hijos del demonio. Los tienen en la mira no sólo porque violan los derechos humanos, roban elecciones, ponen en bancarrota a sus países, espían a sus ciudadanos; torturan; asesinan niños, mujeres, ancianos y a todo el que tenga pinta de enemigo; hacen la guerra a los países vecinos, o a países lejanos; se pasan las leyes internacionales por el trasero, por lo que se ponen cada vez más fuera de la ley, porque creen que están sobre el bien y el mal, que están arriba de todo y de todos; y porque, de hecho, tienen todo el poder del mundo en sus manos manchadas de sangre y de otras calamidades. No tienen que mirar muy lejos, en todo caso, en la casa en cuestión: ellos son el armagedón; éste lo anuncian a diario, como una propaganda diabólica, para tener a sus ciudadanos, y de paso al mundo entero, con el alma en un hilo. En suma, los tiranos, son un gran peligro para la humanidad y para los valores occidentales, orientales, del sur, del norte, de los cuatro vientos. Por una cosa de moral los quieren exterminar como a ratas si pudieran, pero en Palacio todo les está saliendo al revés. Como ejemplo está la guerra que los está volviendo más locos de lo que son: no ha mucho el ‘gran’ jefe reconoció la derrota pasándole la solución del conflicto al próximo presidente. Podemos deducir que los demonios no son los otros, están en la propia casa del dictador que robó las elecciones, sigue hundiendo a su país económica y moralmente, y dándole miles de millones a sus amigos y a las corporaciones que lo pusieron como el títere que es para robar con guante blanco los impuestos y el alma de los ciudadanos. Por lo que no hay que mirar muy lejos ni mirar la paja en los ojos ajenos: el enemigo lo tenemos en nuestra casa y pocos se han dado cuenta. La Casa Blanca hace tiempo dejó de ser inmaculada. Lo malo de todo es que no hay cómo cambiar el orden de las cosas ni la derrota–léase el derrumbe del país– que se viene peor que el reportaje de una muerte anunciada escrito hará años.


              Pimientos del Padrón: ¿Sabrías identificar uno picante?        
    "Pimientos del Padrón, unos pican y otros no". Así lo avisa el refrán, aunque si estás un poco rápido podrías fijarte bien y evitar los que pican.

    Los pimientos del Padrón son conocidos por convertir su disfrute en todo un momento de suspense y diversión, sobre todo si son compartidos. Y es que como viene rezando el popular dicho, algunos pican, y mucho, y otros no.

    Es muy complicado identificar qué pimiento del Padrón puede picar una vez estén cocinados

    Los pimientos del Padrón son un exquisito bocado que debe su nombre a su localidad de origen, Padrón, ubicada en Galicia. Su sabor es único, por lo que a pesar de correr el riesgo de caer en uno extremadamente picante nadie renuncia a su sabor.

    ¿Por qué unos pican y otros no? Hay varias explicaciones al respecto. Por un lado, la variedad influye, aunque lo cierto es que una misma planta da tanto pimientos dulces como picantes, siendo la mayoría de ellos dulces.

    Por otro lado, las condiciones climatológicas condicionan también el resultado considerablemente, de forma que si la planta y el pimiento han soportado temperaturas altas, es más probable que los pimientos piquen o piquen más de lo que ya lo hacían. Esto se debe a que el calor acelera el desarrollo de la capsicina, sustancia responsable del picante que se encuentra en la parte blanca de su interior.

    A su vez, otras condiciones ambientales como la humedad, la composición del suelo o incluso la fertilización, también tienen efectos sobre el resultado del pimiento.

    Pimiento del Padrón, identificarlo y cocinarlo

    A la hora de ir a escoger los pimientos padrones, y si queremos evitar posibles ejemplares picantes, hay tres detalles que nos pueden servir de pista.

    A simple vista el color de los pimientos de padrón nos puede guiar un poco. Si su exterior es más bien mate puede significar que pica, por lo que es mejor prescindir de ese ejemplar.

    Su forma también suele ser diferente, algo más retorcida que la del resto de las piezas. Y si con estos trucos sigues teniendo dudas puede ayudarte del tacto: Aquellos ejemplares de pimiento del Padrón especialmente gruesos y duros suelen ser los que pican.

    Una vez escogidosk la suerte esta echada, ya que difícilmente se puede identificar un pimiento del Padrón picante cuando ya está cocinado. A la hora de prepararlo, basta con pasarlo con rabo y todo por una sartén con aceite. Una vez frito se añade sal al gusto, y listo.


              La Frenierre and Students Prepare for Glacier Research in Ecuador        
    The geography professor and two Gustavus students will study glacial retreat using drone technology and traditional measurements.
              Ropte Ranja        
    Det har vært så utrolig hektisk i det siste, og lite blogging har det blitt.
    Ikke så mange spennende nye prosjekter og ideer her hjemme å skryte av heller. Men det går vel litt i bølgedaler:-)

    Uterommet har fått, og får, litt mer oppmerksomhet av meg enn det inne for tiden. Hvis valget står mellom å ta ut av oppvaskmaskinen og å klippe plen, ender jeg alltid opp med det siste for å si det på den måten. Det kommer vel noen blogginnlegg om dette etter hvert, kjenner jeg meg selv.. Blomstringen er godt i gang, Rhododendronen har 26 knopper i år, og det er sikkert dobbelt så mange som i fjor.

    Var i Frankrike i starten pÃ¥ mai, hva/hvorfor er en lang historie, men turen var en kombinasjon av "jobb", trim og fornøyelser. Shopping interesserer meg veldig lite uansett hvor jeg reiser, men jeg oppsøkte noen butikker med det mÃ¥l for øyet Ã¥ finne en feriegave til sønnen min. Og da fant jeg ogsÃ¥ noen fÃ¥ ting jeg bare "mÃ¥tte ha":


    Denne radioen klarte jeg ikke Ã¥ forlate butikken uten.. Men med en prislapp pÃ¥ kun 20 Euro trengte jeg ikke gÃ¥ mange runder med meg selv :-)

    Mellomlanding Schiphol Amsterdam, og der har de jo litt av hvert Ã¥ fylle ventetiden med. Disse brikkene med elefantmotiv, ropte: Ranja.. :-)

    
    Nok et funn på Schiphol... Morsom pute, med motiv fra Amsterdam. www.cuddlebug.eu - kan bøyes og formes som man vil, ja, den er digg å ha som sofapartner..!

    Ikke mere som skulle til for at det var morsomt å pakke ut av kofferten ;-)


    Ønsker dere en fin ny uke! :-)


              Drone casero que estoy armando desde cero        
    Hace algunas semanas se me dio por armar un drone casero comprando cada una de las partes por separado con la idea de igualar, o más bien acercarme, a la calidad de un Phantom o un drone similar. Además quería aprender a hacerlo, entender mejor cómo funcionan y también poder modificarlo según mis necesidades. En […]
              Formation stabilisateur DJI Ronin - 1/2 journée - 629,00 €         
    thumb

    Objectif

    Découvrez les différentes fonctionnalités du DJI Ronin, DJI Ronin-M, DJI Ronin-MX et ses différents accessoires.

    Centre de formation agréé: IMI 11 93 07 122 93

    Possibilité de financement par l'AFDAS, DIF, OPCA, et l'ensemble des autres organismes de financement de la formation


              Upcoming Events in the Paso Robles Wine Area:Savor the Central Coast, Harvest Weekend, An Afternoon with Diane Worthington        

    If you haven’t explored the Paso Robles wine area you are truly missing out. There are a lot of interesting events in and around the area coming up. Savor the Central Coast is a four day food and wine extravaganza highlighting the foods and wines of the Central Coast. It is held at the historical Santa Margarita Ranch and other locales around the Central Coast. Join Sunset Magazines’ editors and celebrity chefs (including Tyler Florence)  for culinary tours and seminars.   For more information go here :

    http://www.savorcentralcoast.com/

    photo courtesy of savor the central coast

    Enjoy an afternoon with Diane Worthington at Halter Ranch. Learn tips on how to develop your own recipes and expand your culinary talents. Begin your day at the farm and end it at the vineyard in their Victorian Farmhouse kitchen. For more information go here: 

       http://halterranch.com/events/events_at_halter/a-day-with-diane-worthington   

               

    image courtesy of appellation america

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The wineries of Paso Robles will host a variety of events throughout Harvest Wine Weekend, October 15 - 17.    Explore some of your favorite wineries and check out some new ones that you haven’t yet experienced.  For more information go here:          http://www.pasowine.com/events/harvestactivities.php  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This past weekend we revisted Adelaida Cellars.  Their wines have recently had some great press.    This is another winery that literally doesn’t make a weak wine.  Stop in if you haven’t been there in a while. 

    Recent Accolades

    Version (Rhone Style White) 2008: 92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide
    Syrah Viking Estate Reserve 2007: 92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide
    Viognier 2008: 92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide
    Version (Rhone Style Red) 2007: Best in Class, San Francisco International Wine Competition
    Cabernet Sauvignon 2007: Best in Class, Los Angeles International Wine Competition
    Zinfandel Michael's Estate 2007: 92 points, Wine Spectator

      Adelaida Cellars Paso Robles CA                                                                                      photo courtesy of the delicious life

    Read their post regarding the Paso Robles Wine Area here:    http://www.thedeliciouslife.com/paso-robles-cayucos-and-san-luis-obispo-unexpectedly-extraordinary-escape-to-the-central-coast/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We also checked out a couple wineries that we haven’t visited. Lone Madrone has some really nice wines.  We also stopped at our all time favorite lunch place Farmstand 46.  The boys had the irresistible “ goat” .  I tried another of their amazing pizzas.  WE LOVE THIS PLACE!!!   For years we had to drive to Templeton or Paso for lunch.  Sorry McPhee’s  ( we still love you) Farmstand 46  is just too convenient and amazing all at once.  If you are out in the Templeton Gap area tasting do you really want to leave?

     

    We ended our day at Booker.  All their wines are beautifully crafted. Check out their recent ratings here at RobertParker.com. 

     

     

     

    image

    Sadly their wines are so good that they are being forced to close their tasting room soon until they have some of their new vintages available.

    In my next post I will explore an interesting design aesthetic that seems to be popping up all over the Central Coast Wine Country.


              FAA Cannot Require Drone Registration        

    This is now old news if you're already following the drone industry, but if you're not, I'd like to highlight a recent decision made by the US Court of Appeals regarding the FAA's drone registration requirements.

    To place this in context, back in 2015 the FAA established a new set …


              A Mafia in FATA: Haqqanis and Drones        
    A new report about the Haqqani network's business interests raises questions about the anti-drones narrative in Pakistan
              Capturing the Punjabi imagination: drones and “the noble savage”        
    A short work of fiction about drones may tell us more about the way these are imagined than how they are experienced in Pakistan's tribal areas.
              Quieter Than a Gunshot        





    Is it sad that it takes a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut to get me to open up my dusty blog platform and write something? 

    I'd explain why I've been gone for so long but it doesn't really matter.  We all have our demons to slay and they can be time consuming and make you feel drained of energy.

    That said, I want to write a bit about the Sandy Hook school shootings. 

    What the hell is this world coming to?  It's a quote that's been said for generations for whatever reasons are defining said generations.  Is it just me or does it seem like things are just getting worse in many respects instead of better?

    People are currently debating, once again, the issue of gun control.  Guns have a role, yes, but they are not the reason this happened.  They are simply the catalyst.

    If the government wants to point fingers at who and what is responsible for tragedies like this, I humbly suggest they start with themselves.  That's not to say they are the reason.  But I do feel they are ONE of the reasons.

    Mental health services have been cut deeply across the board all over the country.  Insurance is harder and more expensive for middle class folks, let alone poor folks, to obtain.  Lots of people need help and have fewer and fewer places to turn to.

    Yet somehow, inexplicably, the government always has money for war, for the TSA goons who violate every one's 4th amendment rights, for the drug cartels they claim to be fighting, for the drones and other surveillance tools they say are for our protection but at the expense of our privacy and liberties, and for the politicians who earn at least six figures annually and get six figure pensions into retirement and the best health insurance taxpayers can buy.


    Isn't anyone angry yet?  If not, you should be.   I'm not talking about the anger that plays a role in killing or hurting people.  I'm talking about anger that is passion.  Anger that is the opposite of apathy.  Anger that inspires you to stand up and say "I'm mad and I'm not taking it anymore!"

    Unfortunately, for the most part, we seem to live in a world that simply does not care enough.  Too many care more about the latest celebrity gossip or who won American Idol or Dancing with the Stars than they do about what's happening NOT on TV.   We have a media that focuses on so much bad that is going on in the world that we've become numb and cynical.

    Mental health, emotional health, psychological health, etc are issues that we all need to pay more attention to.  There are a lot of people out there in pain and feeling ever more increasing amounts of hopelessness and despair.  And for all the enhancements in technology, we are an even more isolated and lonely world. 

    Shut off your television.  Turn off your phones, ipads, and computers.  Look someone in the eye and smile.  Get out in nature and let the energy wash over you and through you.  Trust me, it will rejuvenate your soul and re-inspire your spirit.  Re-connect with the people you love.  If you need to talk, ask someone to listen.  If they won't listen, find someone who will.  Don't close up and shut down.  Trust me, I speak from experience on this.  It's hard to open up, it's hard to say "Hey! I need a hug or to talk."  Scream, rant, rave, stomp.  Do whatever you need to do to release your pent up anger and frustration.  To hold it in is to one day realize you are a volcano that is about to rain down hell on everyone around you.  Again, trust me on this.  It's something I struggle with and I was reminded upon hearing about the Sandy Hook tragedy that what we need more of is compassion in this world.  We need people to listen.  We need people to care

    It often seems that anything quieter than a gunshot is not listened to.  Even then, it doesn't last long.  We need a world where a whisper of pain and a silent tear is louder and more profound than a bullet.  We shouldn't have to shout or shoot to be heard.


    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." ~ Plato ~

    Mahalo,

    Dolphin

              Comment on What does Amazon consider to be a “branded” product? by DroneScape        
    Whith a branded product - are purchased UPCs required or will Amazon provide product identifiers. Note that the official UPC codes are quite expensive
              Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For July 28th, 2017s        

    Hey, it's HighScalability time:

     

    Jackson Pollock painting? Cortical column? Nope, it's a 2 trillion particle cosmological simulation using 4000+ GPUs. (paper, Joachim Stadel, UZH)

    If you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon.

     

    • 1.8x: faster code on iPad MacBook Pro; 1 billion: WhatsApp daily active users; 100 milliamps: heart stopping current; $25m: surprisingly low take from ransomware; 2,700x: improvement in throughput with TCP BBR; 620: Uber locations; $35.5 billion: Facebook's cash hoard; 2 billion: Facebook monthly active users; #1: Apple is the world's most profitable [legal] company; 500,000x: return on destroying an arms depot with a drone; 

    • Quotable Quotes:
      • Alasdair Allan: Jeff Bezos’ statement that “there’s not that much interesting about CubeSats” may well turn out to be the twenty first century’s “nobody needs more than 640kb.”
      • @hardmaru: Decoding the Enigma with RNNs. They trained a LSTM with 3000 hidden units to decode ciphertext with 96%+ accuracy. 
      • @tj_waldorf: Morningstar achieved 97% cost reduction by moving to AWS. #AWSSummit Chicago
      • Ed Sperling: Moore’s Law is alive and well, but it is no longer the only approach. And depending on the market or slice of a market, it may no longer be the best approach.
      • @asymco: With the end of Shuffle and Nano iPods Apple now sells only Unix-enabled products. Amazing how far that Bell Labs invention has come.
      • @peteskomoroch: 2017: RAM is the new Hadoop
      • Carlo Pescio: What if focusing on the problem domain, while still understanding the machine that will execute your code, could improve maintainability and collaterally speed up execution by a factor of over 100x compared to popular hipster code?
      • @stevesi: Something ppl forget: moving products to cloud, margins go down due to costs to operate scale services—costs move from Customer to vendor.
      • @brianalvey: The most popular software for writing fiction isn't Word. It's Excel.
      • @pczarkowski: How to make a monolithic app cloud native: 1) run it in a docker 2) change the url from .com to .io
      • @tj_waldorf: Morningstar achieved 97% cost reduction by moving to AWS. #AWSSummit Chicago
      • drinkzima: There is a huge general misunderstanding in the profitability of directing hotel bookings vs flight bookings or other types of travel consumables. Rate parity and high commission rates mean that directing hotel rooms is hugely profitable and Expedia (hotels.com, trivago, expedia) and Priceline (booking.com) operate as a duopoly in most markets. They are both marketing machines that turn brand + paid traffic into highly profitable room nights.
      • Animats: This is a classic problem with AI researchers. Somebody gets a good result, and then they start thinking strong human-level AI is right around the corner. AI went through this with search, planning, the General Problem Solver, perceptrons, the first generation of neural networks, and expert systems. Then came the "AI winter", late 1980s to early 2000s, when almost all the AI startups went bust. We're seeing some of it again in the machine learning / deep neural net era.
      • Charity Majors: So no, ops isn't going anywhere. It just doesn't look like it used to. Soon it might even look like a software engineer.
      • @mthenw: As long as I need to pay for idle it’s not “serverless”. Pricing is different because in Lambda you pay for invocation not for the runtime.
      • Kelly Shortridge: The goal is to make the attacker uncertain of your defensive environment and profile. So you really want to mess with their ability to profile where their target is
      • @CompSciFact: 'About 1,000 instructions is a reasonable upper limit for the complexity of problems now envisioned.' -- John von Neumann, 1946
      • hn_throwaway_99: Few barriers to entry, really?? Sorry, but this sounds a bit like an inexperienced developer saying "Hey, I could build most of Facebook's functionality in 2 weeks." Booking.com is THE largest spender of advertising on Google. They have giant teams that A/B test the living shite out of every pixel on their screens, and huge teams of data scientists squeezing out every last bit of optimization on their site. It's a huge barrier to entry. 
      • callahad: It's real [performance improvements]. We've [Firefox] landed enormous performance improvements this year, including migrating most Firefox users to a full multi-process architecture, as well as integrating parts of the Servo parallel browser engine project into Firefox. There are still many improvements yet-to-land, but in most cases we're on track for Firefox 57 in November.
      • Samer Buna: One important threat that GraphQL makes easier is resource exhaustion attacks (AKA Denial of Service attacks). A GraphQL server can be attacked with overly complex queries that will consume all the resources of the server.
      • wheaties: This is stupid. Really. Here we are in a world where the companies that own the assets (you know, the things that cost a lot of money) are worth less than the things that don't own anything. This doesn't seem "right" or "fair" in the sense that Priceline should be a middleman, unable to exercise any or all pricing power because it does not control the assets producing the revenue. I wonder how long this can last?
      • platz: Apparently deep-learning and algae are the same thing.
      • @CompSciFact: "If you don't run experiments before you start designing a new system, your entire system will be an experiment." -- Mike Williams
      • Scott Aaronson: our laws of physics are structured in such a way that even pure information often has “nowhere to hide”: if the bits are there at all in the abstract machinery of the world, then they’re forced to pipe up and have a measurable effect. 
      • The Internet said many more interesting things this week. To read them all please click through to the full article.

    • Cool interview with Margaret Hamilton--NASA's First Software Engineer--on Makers. Programmers, you'll love this. One of the stories she tells is how her daughter was playing around and selected the prelaunch program during flight. That crashed the simulator. So like a good programmer she wanted to prevent this from happening. She tried to get a protection put in because an astronaut could actually do this during flight. Management would certainly allow this, right? She was denied. They said astronauts are trained never to make a mistake so it could never happen. Eventually she won the argument and was able to add code to protect against human error. So little has changed :-)

    Don't miss all that the Internet has to say on Scalability, click below and become eventually consistent with all scalability knowledge (which means this post has many more items to read so please keep on reading)...


              Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For July 21st, 2017        

    Hey, it's HighScalability time:

    Afraid of AI? Fire ants have sticky pads so they can form rafts, build towers, cross streams, & order takeout. We can CRISPR these guys to fight Skynet. (video, video, paper)

    If you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon.

     

    • 222x: Bitcoin less efficient than a physical system of metal coins and paper/fabric/plastic; #1: Python use amongst Spectrum readers; 3x: time spent in apps that don't make us happy; 1 million: DigitalOcean users; 11.6 million: barrels of oil a day saved via tech and BigData; 200,000: cores on Cray super computer;$200B: games software/hardware revenue by 2021; $3K: for 50 Teraflops AMD Vega Deep Learning Box; 24.4 Gigawatts: China New Solar In First Half Of 2017; 

    • Quotable Quotes:
      • sidlls: I think instead there is a category error being made: that CS is an appropriate degree (on its own) to become a software engineer. It's like suggesting a BS in Physics qualifies somebody to work as an engineer building a satellite.
      • Elon Musk: AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization, and I don’t think people fully appreciate that
      • Mike Elgan: Thanks to machine learning, it's now possible to create a million different sensors in software using only one actual sensor -- the camera.
      • Amin Vahdat (Google): The Internet is no longer about just finding a path, any path, between a pair of servers, but actually taking advantage of the rich connectivity to deliver the highest levels of availability, the best performance, the lowest latency. Knowing this, how you would design protocols is now qualitatively shifted away from pairwise decisions to more global views.
      • naasking: You overestimate AI. Incompleteness is everywhere in CS. Overcoming these limitations is not trivial at all.
      • 451: Research believes serverless is poised to undergo a round of price cutting this year.
      • Nicholas Bloom: We found massive, massive improvement in performance—a 13% improvement in performance from people working at home
      • @CoolSWEng: "A Java new operation almost guarantees a cache miss. Get rid of them and you'll get C-like performance." - @cliff_click #jcrete
      • DarkNetMarkets: We're literally funding our own investigation. 
      • Tristan Harris: By shaping the menus we pick from, technology hijacks the way we perceive our choices and replaces them with new ones. But the closer we pay attention to the options we’re given, the more we’ll notice when they don’t actually align with our true needs.
      • xvaier: If I have one thing to tell anyone who is looking for business ideas to try out their new programming skills on, I strongly suggest taking the time to learn as much as possible about the people to whom you want to provide a solution, then recruiting one of them to help you build it, lest you become another project that solves a non-issue beautifully.
      • @sebgoa: Folks, there were schedulers before kubernetes. Let's get back down to earth quickly
      • Mark Shead: A finite state machine is a mathematical abstraction used to design algorithms. In simple terms, a state machine will read a series of inputs. When it reads an input it will switch to a different state. Each state specifies which state to switch for a given input. This sounds complicated but it is really quite simple.
      • xantrel: I started a small business that started to grow, I thought I had to migrate to AWS and increase my cost by 5xs eventually, but so far Digital Ocean with their hosted products and block storage has handled the load amazingly well.
      • danluu: when I’m asked to look at a cache related performance bug, it’s usually due to the kind of thing we just talked about: conflict misses that prevent us from using our full cache effectively6. This isn’t the only way for that to happen – bank conflicts and and false dependencies are also common problems
      • Charles Hoskinson: People say ICOs (Initial Coin Offering) are great for Ethereum because, look at the price, but it’s a ticking time-bomb. There’s an over-tokenization of things as companies are issuing tokens when the same tasks can be achieved with existing blockchains. People are blinded by fast and easy money.