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If I Were In Charge!

Firefox: Choose Independent

Suggested Must-Have & Should-Have Firefox Add-On Extensions

Suggested Add-On Extensions for Thunderbird

14 Hidden Firefox Functions

Top Ten “Number One” Threats To Our National (& World) Security…and To Democracy And Freedom

Actually, The Retirement Age is Too High

Why I Stopped Being a Vegetarian

Researchers explore link between schizophrenia, cat parasite

Help Stop the Spread of Mad Billionaire's Disease

Bring Back The Top 90% Tax Rate!

Oligarchy - The Point of No Return!

Computer Creativity Machine simulates the human brain - The machine that invents

Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed: Study

Bob Altemeyer's - The Authoritarians

Study: Conservatives have larger ‘fear center’ in brain

Now you see ‘em, now you don’t  -  How the U.S. government moved UFOs off the front page

Going Bananas!

Inside the Psilocybin Studies at Johns Hopkins

America's Test Kitchen

Missouri Railroad Depots - (1300-plus photos of historic R.R. depots in MO) -

Powers of Ten  -

3-D printing

The Democratic Party's "Far Left" Used to be Considered Just Common Sense

Biblical Capitalism - The Religious Right's War on Progressive Economic Policy

Legalizing Pot -- Is It Just a Matter of When?

  - Why California may have broken the prohibition barrier.  -

Psychedelic drugs could heal thousands - By Andrew Feldmar - (Tuesday August 19 2008 - Guardian News /UK) - New research into the benefits of hallucinogens alongside psychotherapy is welcome: in my experience they change lives” -

3 Must-See 10-min. Depleted Uranium Videos

The Antigravity Underground

The fantastic floating device called a lifter has no moving parts,

no onboard fuel, and no shortage of wide-eyed admirers.

Even inside NASA.

New technology from ‘black world’

  By Nick Easen for CNN

(CNN) -- ‘What ground-breaking new technology is kept so secret by the authorities

that even to comment on its existence would be to reveal too much?’


‘ “GRASP,” or Gravity Research for Advanced Space Propulsion,

was only recently reported in Jane’s Defence Weekly,

but the U.S. military may have had the technology for years.

The National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), based in Nevada,

say that mysterious U.S. military craft using this kind of technology have been skirting the skies since the 1980s.

And NIDS is now calling for the military to unveil its secrets for commercial benefit.’

'Major discovery' from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution - Scientists mimic essence of plants' energy storage system  - (MIT News - July 31, 2008)  -

Personalizing Solar Power

- (12-1/2 min. audio) -

(NPR’s “Science Friday” November 20, 2009)

Discusses the successful coupling of a solar panel to an efficient hydrolysis unit

that splits water into oxygen and hydrogen.

Dr. Daniel Nocera of MIT says the approach could lead to personal ($1000) solar power units

that could get many houses off the grid.

Tim Cahill is founding editor of Outside magazine.

  For a brief bio and list of his should-read books :


John McPhee is a New Yorker staff writer

 and author of twenty-seven should-read books.

  For a brief bio and list of his books:

Let's Hear it for the Gipper - Oh Really?

Murder, Spies & Voting Lies (The Clint Curtis Story) (2008) - (68 min./total video)

One way or the other, make sure that you

(and everyone else that you know)

see this extremely important documentary!

[Info about the documentary from ]:

  "After the Florida Election in 2000, one man found himself on the wrong end of a smoking gun."

That's the tagline for Murder, Spies & Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story,

the brand-new documentary film by Patty Sharaf which has now finally been released!

Kansas City Star is among the first out of the box to review the film,

calling it a "Must See!"

and declaring that it "plays like a high-tension political thriller."

The terrifying feature-length documentary, shot in high-definition video, details, for the first time,

the complete Clint Curtis/Tom Feeney/Yang Enterprises vote-rigging scandal,

in all of its, yes, sometimes very gory detail.

It also tells a tale of the media,

as it details my attempts to tell the story over the last four years,

to a corrupt, detached, and too-often frightened corporate media.

The BRAD BLOG broke the Curtis story originally in late 2004,

and we've been investigating and reporting on it ever since.

[Here’s the Link TV URL for the 1-min. promo for the ‘MSVL’ documentary.]:

[Here’s the direct URL for the ‘MSVL’ DVD]:

[Here’s the Amazon info & URL for theMSVLDVD.

 Be sure to read some of the viewers reviews ofMSVLthere, too.]:


Product Description:

Journalist Brad Friedman ( pokes at the seamy side of American democracy in this beautifully filmed documentary.

Whistle-blower Clint Curtis, a computer programmer by trade,

sticks to his claims that he was asked to make vote-rigging software for electronic voting machines

by former US Congressman and loyal Bushite,Tom Feeney (R-Fl).

Tension rises when the vote-rigging scandal dips into a murder mystery.

While Clint Curtis testified to a Congressional Judiciary committee caucus in December 2004,

and passed a lie detector test shortly thereafter, mainstream media has paid scant attention to his story.

Independent filmaking is filling that gap.

Memorable personalities emerge in the documentary:

attorney Bob Fitrakis who sued for a recount in Ohio,

social critic Gore Vidal, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney,

and researcher Richard Hayes Phillips.

Security expert Harri Hursti explains the shocking internal shortcomings of problem voting machines.

Not to be missed.

Murder, Spies & Voting Lies:

The Clint Curtis Story


(7-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

[Here’ the ‘MSVL’ 7-part (68-min. total) YouTube URL/s]:


The Octopus Conspiracy

The Puppet Masters Behind The Tea Party  -  10-min. YouTube video in which Rachel Maddow exposes U.S. Libertarian billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch [owners Koch Industries]; their anti-government and anti-Global Warming/Climate Change agenda funding (to the tune of over 100 million dollars) of so-called "grass roots" right-wing front groups and "think tanks."  Includes on-camera interview with prize-winning journalist, Jane Mayer, in regards to her Aug. 30, 2010, "Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama" should-read article  ) in the New Yorker magazine article .  ---  You should also listen to the 10-min. Aug. 26, 2010, NPR "Fresh Air" audio-interview  (  ) with Jane Mayer about the Koch brothers, too!

Military deploys acupuncture to treat soldiers' concussions - (Feb. 7, 2011 - McClatchy) - CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The U.S. military is applying an ancient Chinese healing technique to the top modern battlefield injury for American soldiers, with results that doctors here say are "off the charts."  -

So You Think You're The Center Of The Universe!?!

Pres. Dwight Eisenhower’s Warning About Perpetual-War Profiteering

Robots to get their own internet - (Feb. 9, 2011 - BBC News)  -  Robots could soon have an equivalent of the internet and Wikipedia.  -


The Bush Dynasty,

America’s Invisible Government,

and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years

  (2009) book by Russ Baker

 “…is massively documented and heavily annotated, but it reads like a spy thriller.

Combining gripping stories, explosive revelations and trenchant analysis,

Family of Secrets is much more than a new look at a presidential family.

  It is a secret history of the elites

that have shaped American politics

over the last century.




  (2005) book by Michael Luckman

In August 1974, John Lennon spied a UFO

from the window of the penthouse he shared with then-girlfriend, May Pang.

Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful

encountered a luminous cigar-shaped mothership

while camping in the English countryside in 1968.

Jimi Hendrix told a friend,

"I am a spiritual messenger, sent here from another place."

Whether you're a UFO skeptic or a true believer,

ALIEN ROCK provides a fascinating new perspective on the long,

strange trip that is rock 'n' roll history,

and suggests that, wherever the road takes us,

we may not be travelling alone.


There’s a sucker born every minute

[The February 2011 issue of Wired magazine has an article,

“Grifters, Bunco Artists & Flimflam Men”

by Ricky Jay  -- “con and fraud expert… …sight-of-hand artist…”.

  On page 90 of that article, Jay notes]:

   ‘I AM FORTUNATE to possess an ephemeral and distinctly rare pulp biography from 1885,

The Life of Hungry Joe, King of the Bunco Men.’

   ‘…Joe -- by whom I mean Francis J. Alvany…’

   ‘….the monograph does proffer the occasional insight about its protagonist….

  …it ascribes to Joe the famous line

“There’s a sucker born every minute.”

  This saying, usually  attributed to P.T. Barnum,

may have been originated by the notorious gambler-politician Mike McDonald

or “Paper Collar” Joe Bessimer, but the ascription to Hungry Joe,

I proudly reveal here,

precedes by some 13 years

the earliest appearance in print previously cited.’

Technology Runs Amok

 Friday illusion: Test your sense of size

Guitar Gods

Things don't go better with the Koch brothers.


Sat., 02/12/2011

It's amazing that many middle-class Americans fall for the siren song that government is the source of all evil

when many global corporations are putting US citizens out of work;

sitting on profits generated by gullible consumers; and polluting our air, water and food.

That's why the Koch brothers are the latest in a long line of ultra-wealthy, right-wing investors

in running the federal government through owning politicians and financing propaganda

that diverts attention from corporate misdeeds.

Koch Industries will have to spend a lot - billions of dollars, perhaps -

if climate change laws are passed or regulations put into effect.

Not to mention that the Koch brothers represent

a whole wing of billion-dollar corporate polluters who want the EPA to be defanged.

As a result, the Republicans, particularly in the House,

have marked the EPA as one key target in budget reduction -

and vigorously oppose protecting us from global warming.

The Republican strategy of attacking the deficit

is a shrewd move to reduce positive restraints on corporations.

In the financial sector, for instance,

this means Republican proposals to cut the budgets of agencies

that regulate banks and Wall Street.

The Koch brothers know how to fund front organizations

to stir up Americans who feel displaced

by inciting them with emotional diversions.

It's a magic trick, of sorts, to distract our eyes

while our pockets are picked and our lungs are filled with toxins.

No, things don't go better with the Koch brothers.

In fact, they will get a whole lot worse.

Earth economist: The food bubble is about to burst - (NewScientist - Feb. 10, 2011 - by Alison George ) -

We're fast draining the fresh water resources our farms rely on, warns Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute

What is a food bubble?        

That's when food production is inflated through the unsustainable use of water and land. It's the water bubble we need to worry about now. The World Bank says that 15 per cent of Indians (175 million people) are fed by grain produced through overpumping - when water is pumped out of aquifers faster than they can be replenished. In China, the figure could be 130 million.

Has this bubble already burst anywhere?

Saudi Arabia made itself self-sufficient in wheat by using water from a fossil aquifer, which doesn't refill. It has harvested close to 3 million tonnes a year, but in 2008 the Saudi authorities said the aquifer was largely depleted. Next year could be the last harvest. This is extreme, but about half the world's people live in countries with falling water tables. India and China will lose grain production capacity through aquifer depletion. We don't know when or how abruptly the bubble will burst.


“MUFON Under Siege?":

"40-Year Organization Object of Dirty Tricks

from USG [United States Government]?”

The People's Pharmacy

Earth from Above

Nine Pictures of the Extreme Income/Wealth Gap

(Truthout - 2-14-11)


Dogs Body Sledding In The Snow

Supervolcanoes  -  (BBC2 9:30pm Thursday 3rd February 2000) - 

NARRATOR (SINÉAD CUSACK): Yellowstone is America's first and most famous National Park. Every year over 3 million tourists visit this stunning wilderness, but beneath its hot springs and lush forests lies a monster of which the public is ignorant.

PROF. ROBERT CHRISTIANSEN (US Geological Survey): Millions of people come to Yellowstone every year to see the marvellous scenery and the wildlife and all and yet it's clear that, that very few of them really understand that they're here on a sleeping giant.

NARRATOR: If this giant were to stir, the United States would be devastated and the world would be plunged into a catastrophe which could push humanity to the brink of extinction.

PROF. ROBERT SMITH (University of Utah): It would be extremely devastating on a scale that we've probably never even thought about.

PROF. BILL McGUIRE (Benfield Greig Centre, UCL): It would mean absolute catastrophe for North America and the problem is we know so little about these phenomena.

NARRATOR: In 1971 heavy rain fell across much of east Nebraska. In the summer palaeontologist Mike Voorhies travelled to the farmland around the mid-west town of Orchard. What he was to discover exceeded his wildest dreams.  -

Fast-Food Nation: The True Cost Of America's Diet


Extreme Science


The Koch Brothers’ Climatologist


WikiYou: Who’s Watching Who?


Are solar flares a real threat?

Schizophrenic Brains Not Fooled by Optical Illusion


Move Over

Power Play

The Ostrich

Friday Illusion: Escher's gravity-defying waterfall

'Impossible motion' trick

How the U.S. Government Forged a Surveillance Society

Don't Step On The Grass Sam

Why We Should Raise Taxes on the Super-Rich and Lower Them on the Middle Class

Russ Feingold Launches 'Progressives United'

To Combat Corporate Influences In Politics

(2-16-11 - Amanda Terkel/Huffington Post)

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs.

Others go straight to Wall Street.

But Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, who lost his re-election bid in November,

is continuing on his principled -- and often lonely -- path

by starting an organization to combat corporate influence in politics,

an effort he hopes will spark "a new progressive movement" that will truly hold elected officials accountable.

Launching on Wednesday,

Progressives United is an attempt to to build a grassroots effort

aimed at mitigating the effects of,

and eventually overturning,

the Supreme Court's infamous Citizens United decision

that opened the floodgates to corporate spending in the U.S. electoral system.

In addition to online mobilization,

the political action committee (PAC)

will support progressive candidates at the local, state and national levels,

as well as holding the media and elected officials accountable on the group's key priorities.

Astronaut Gordon Cooper Talks About UFOs


Astronaut Edgar Mitchell says UFO's are Real


Stunning UFO footage from NASA's archives

Underground Bases and Tunnels: What is the Government trying to hide?

Boston Tea Party Protested Corporate Control!


The Emperor's New Hump - The New York Times killed a story that could have changed the election—because it could have changed the election”  -


The True -- and Shocking -- History of the CIA

Missouri's Official Dinosaur

Jimi Hendrix: Starchild

The history of ice on Earth

Last Ice Age happened in less than year say scientists

Former Surgeon General: Mainstream Medicine Has Endorsed Medical Marijuana

Death-Defying El Camino del Rey

The Hoax of Eco-Friendly Nuclear Energy

OOPARTS”:  The History Before History

Sugar Is the New Heroin

(By Tom Jacobs,  -   December 12, 2008)

New research shows sugar addiction is real.

Lab rats coming off it exhibit some of the

same behavior as junkies in need of a fix.

Easy Wind-Speed Calculation

The Old Farmer's Almanac

Mountain Lions Confirmed in Missouri!

How Close Are We to a Nano-based Surveillance State?



Notorious Pro-Corporate Group ALEC's Hidden Role in Stoking Class War in Wisconsin and the Rest of America  - (February 22, 2011 - By David Rosen - AlterNet)  -  The American Legislative Executive Council works behind the scenes, using state-legislative stooges to implement the agenda of giant corporations and the super-rich.   -



Security and Privacy Issues in the PDF Document Format - (ScienceDaily  - Feb. 22, 2011) - UPM Facultad de Informática researchers compile information on security and privacy for authors or readers of PDF documents, the most popular format for publication of digital documents. -


Snake-bites: a growing, global threat

How Corporations
 Have Mastered
 the Art of
Not Paying
Their Fair Share
of Taxes

February 21, 2011 - By Richard D. Wolff  - AlterNet)

If they paid taxes
proportionate to the benefits
they get from government,
US citizens would finally
get the tax break
they so desperately seek.

Fly Like An Eagle

The Physical Science behind Climate Change

Why are climatologists so highly confident
that human activities
are dangerously warming Earth?

Tom Lehrer - Musical Social Satirist

Scientists under attack - Genetic Engineering

Spiral Auroras

Awe-inspiring auroras:
The psychedelic majesty
of the Northern Lights
captured in the skies
over Aberdeen
(The Daily Mail - Feb. 25, 2011)

Corporate-Funded Online 'Astroturfing' Is More Advanced and More Automated Than You Might Think - (February 24, 2011 - By George Monbiot - The Guardian)  -  -  Every month more evidence piles up, suggesting that online comment threads and forums are being hijacked by people who aren’t what they seem to be. The anonymity of the web gives companies and governments golden opportunities to run astroturf operations: fake grassroots campaigns, which create the impression that large numbers of people are demanding or opposing particular policies. This deception is most likely to occur where the interests of companies or governments come into conflict with the interests of the public. For example, there’s a long history of tobacco companies creating astroturf groups to fight attempts to regulate them.

"Nature's Way"

Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations

Hydrofracked? One Man’s Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling  - (Feb. 25, 2011 - ProPublica - by Abrahm Lustgarten)  -


The Dangers of American Fascism



Tools of Tradecraft: The CIA’s Historic Spy Kit

Tools of Tradecraft: More Spy Gear From the CIA, Others

[Excerpt taken from a “White Paper” article by Zack Stern

on p.p. 54-55 of the Feb. 2011 issue

of Maximum PC magazine ( )]:


A recently isolated material

could advance displays, batteries,

solar cells, and computers beyond silicon

     In its sheet form, it’s the first two-dimensional, crystalline substance

that’s ever been isolated, it can be rolled into tubes

-- carbon nanotubes --

that behave as a single-dimension material,

and can even be made into a zero-dimensional ball.

These multidimensional properties allow for new research

and experiments down to a quantum physics level.

      ….  …the virtually clear substance;

about 98 percent of light passed through the layer.  ….

     ….  Two hundred times stronger than steel,

it’s possibly the lightest, strongest material ever discovered,

suitable for airplane parts an other

high-pressure, low-weights applications.

It conducts electricity with an extremely low resistance

-- faster than silicon --

making it suitable for many electronic applications.

     These traits, combined with graphene’s transparency,

could also make the material a key component

in building more functional lightweight OLED

[Organic Light-Emitting Diodes],

LCD, and touch-screen panels.

And with its large surface-to-volume ratio,

graphene in powder form could even improve batteries.

     graphene could be built into tiny transistors

that can move single electrons around

with electromagnetic forces.  ….

Theoretically, these transistors would be smaller,

consume less power, and yield much higher speeds than current silicon.  ….

     …you can expect to see the first commercial uses of graphene

in the next two to three years.

More ambitious usage will, of course, take decades to develop.

This said, some companies, such as Samsung,

are already testing 30-inch graphene-based display prototypes.

Graphene Put To Use…

In The Near Future:

A Day Made of Glass... Made possible by Corning.”

(5-1/2 min. - YouTube video)

NY Times Report: Fracked Water Thousands of Times More Dangerous Than They're Telling Us

(February 28, 2011 - By Steven D. | Sourced from Booman Tribune) -

Good old hydrofracking. You know about it right? It's the method to produce natural gas by fracturing rock formations with millions of gallons of water and toxic chemicals. It's been contaminating groundwater in the Western US for many years and now it is being pursued with a vengeance in the East, particularity with respect to the Marcellus Shale formation that extends across Pennsylvania and New York.

Everyone in the know has warned us for years that hydrofracking was highly dangerous to sources of groundwater used for human consumption. But only now are we being told how much worse is that contamination of our water supplies. So bad it will make you ill after you read this investigative report from the NY Times:

     With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.

     While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.

     The documents reveal that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known, and far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for these treatment plants to handle.



Underground Caverns Keep Things Cold, Safe… and Secret

Money Pollution: How the Chamber of Commerce Dirties Our Skies and Our Democracy



One Dollar:  It’s More Than Bank of America (and Boeing, CitiGroup, Exxon-Mobil, General Electric, Wells Fargo, etc.) Pays in Federal Taxes! -

Biology Nobelist:

Natural selection

will destroy us

(February 28, 2011 - NewScientist -  by Clint Witchalls)

We have evolved traits that will lead to humanity's extinction,

says Christian de Duve – so we must learn to overcome them

We are the most successful

species on the planet,

but you think

we will ultimately

pay the price

for this success.


The cost of our success is

the exhaustion of natural resources,

leading to energy crises, climate change,

pollution and the destruction of our habitat.

If you exhaust natural resources

there will be nothing left for your children.

If we continue in the same direction,

humankind is headed for

some frightful ordeals,

if not extinction.

…. It is a simple matter of figures.
If you want this planet
to continue being habitable
for everyone that lives here,
you have to limit
the number of inhabitants
. ….

3-D Street Paintings

"Missouri Resources" (FREE MO DNR publication for MO residents)

"Missouri Conservationist" (FREE MO Conservation Dept publication for MO residents)

NASA’s Earth Observatory Image-of-the-Day Archive

MIT Professor Dan Nocera believes he can solve the world’s energy problems with an Olympic-sized pool of water. Nocera and his research team have identified a simple technique for powering the Earth inexpensively – by using the sun to split water and store energy - making the large-scale deployment of personalized solar energy possible. - (21+min. - video)  -

The Seattle Times Calls For Pot Legalization  -  (March 1, 2011 - Alternet) -  On Friday, February 18, the Seattle Times editorial board opined in favor of House Bill 1550, which legalizes and regulates the “production, distribution, and sale” of marijuana to adults. (You can contact your state elected officials in support of the measure here.) The editorial, titled “The Washington Legislature should legalize marijuana” did not mince words.

   Marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed. The push to repeal federal prohibition should come from the states, and it should begin with the state of Washington.

   Some drugs have such horrible effects on the human body that the costs of prohibition may be worth it. Not marijuana. This state’s experience with medical marijuana and Seattle’s tolerance policy suggest that with cannabis, legalization will work — and surprisingly well.

   Not only will it work, but it is coming.

According to Seattle Times editorial page editor Ryan Blethen, the public’s reaction to the paper’s pot-friendly position was overwhelming.  -


Robots Become Self-Aware

5min Life Videopedia - Instructional videos and DIY projects  -  Science  -   -  Is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis -- the solutions that science and justice demand.  The number 350 -- as in parts per million CO2 :  If we can't get below that, scientists say, the damage we're already seeing from global warming will continue and accelerate.

What does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
have to do with Climate Change?

The Chamber
is controlled by
Big Polluters
poisons politics
with its dirty money

opposes every single effort
to curb climate pollution.

Hate Map - Southern Poverty Law Center

The Joplin ‘Spooklight

GPS fail: How a little black box could cause chaos

Michael Moore:

The Smug Wealthy

Have Gone Too Far --


We're Finally Fighting Back

(March 6, 2011 - Michael Moore)

By trying to destroy us

corporate America

has given birth to a movement --

a movement that is becoming a massive,

nonviolent revolt across the country.


Contrary to what those in power

would like you to believe

so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages,

and settle for the life your great-grandparents had,

America is not broke.

Not by a long shot.

The country is awash in wealth and cash.

It's just that it's not in your hands.

It has been transferred,

in the greatest heist in history,

from the workers and consumers

to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.

Today just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined.

Let me say that again.

400 obscenely rich people,

most of whom benefited in some way

from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer "bailout" of 2008,

now have more loot, stock and property

than the assets of 155 million Americans combined.

If you can't bring yourself to call that a financial coup d'état,

then you are simply not being honest about

what you know in your heart to be true.

Go Green

Brilliant Newfoundlander
Invents the Solution!

(3-3/4 min. - YouTube video)

Do genes make people evil? -  (March 8, 2011 - Scientific American) - By Daniel Lametti, a neuroscientist at McGill University  

Since the 1960s psychologists have found that children who were abused and neglected are more likely to commit crimes later in life. Even so, researchers noted that most youngsters who are mistreated do not grow up to be criminals. Now our genes come into the picture.

A 2002 study found that a particular variation of a gene predicted antisocial behavior in men who were mistreated as children. The gene controls whether we produce an enzyme called monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), which at low levels has been linked to aggression in mice. The researchers found that boys who were neglected and who possessed a variation of the gene that produced low levels of MAOA were more likely to develop antisocial personality disorder, commit crimes and grow up to have a violent disposition. But those living in a similar environment who produced more of the enzyme rarely developed these problems.

Psychopaths are arguably the evilest of the evildoers. A study published in August 2010 looked at psychopathic tendencies in teenagers with low socioeconomic resources. The researchers found that adolescents who had a variation of another gene, which contributes to how quickly serotonin is recycled in the brain and which has been linked to hostile behavior in children, were more likely to exhibit signs of psychopathy.

These two recent findings provide strong evidence that evil behavior—mass murder, armed robbery, and perhaps even newspaper theft—might be caused by the right set of genes interacting with the wrong environment.  -


I'm The Slime

Unequal Protection: The Battle to Save Democracy

Rachel Maddow/ Naomi Klein: GOP Disaster Capitalism  -  (11-min. video)  -  -  This must-see/hear video highlights the Republicans Shock Doctrine strategy to take advantage of “crisis” situations (such as the trumped-up governmental financial deficits; which, to whatever extent they may exist, they do so because of massive tax cuts given to the rich.)  Their plan: To replace government and services on all levels with “privatizedcorporate profiteering!

The Must See Chart (This Is What Class War Looks Like)

The Insanity of Nuclear Power Plant Promotion

Japan tsunami earthquake

(11 min.
- YouTube video)

Mike The Headless Chicken

Jim The Wonder Dog

Personal Emergency Preparedness Planning

Most Vulnerable U.S. Nuclear Plants

George Carlin Knew Why They Call it 'The American Dream'

Bill Maher Speaks The Truth!

NSA’s Treasure Trove  -  The Quiet Zone was originally broadcast on the (up until then) popular weekly “Wired Science” PBS television show on Dec. 26, 2007.  Without any explanation or notice, that was the very last time “Wired Science” appeared on PBS.

The video segment is 10 minutes long.  While the entire video is well worth watching -- with the first half essentially covering radio astronomy, the most important part is the last half (beginning at about 6-1/2 minutes in) which exposes -- for the very first time for public view -- the NSA (National Security Agency) “Naval Security Group Activity” (land-locked) Sugar Grove, West Virginia, domestic “listening post” which covers the entire spectrum of electromagnetic communications.

During this last-half of the video, James Bamford -- author of three books on the NSA -- details some of the capabilities of the NSA’s Sugar Grove site.  While he particularly highlights the facility’s “domestic surveillance” capabilities (which, by the way, such use by the NSA is proscribed by law…in other words: illegal), he does not mention that it is a major part of NSA’sECHELON” program.

You can watch this must-see video via this URL:

"Red" rocker Sammy Hagar says abducted by aliens

Gabe Kubanda Talks Sammy Hagar's Alien Abduction

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

How Psychedelics Can Be a Path to Transformation - An exploration of psychedlics' potential to support personal, spiritual, and cultural transformation.  (March 18, 2011 - Tikkun Magazine - By Phil Wolfson , MD, practicing psychiatrist/psychotherapist in the Bay Area.)  -

Cary in the Sky with Diamonds - Before Timothy Leary and the Beatles, LSD was largely unknown and unregulated. But in the 1950s, as many as 100 Hollywood luminariesCary Grant and Esther Williams among them—began taking the drug as part of psychotherapy. With LSD research beginning a comeback, the authors recount how two Beverly Hills doctors promoted a new “wonder drug,” at $100 a session, profoundly altering the lives of their glamorous patients, Balaban included.  -  (August 2010 - By Cari Beauchamp and Judy Balaban - Vanity Fair Magazine)  -

Amazing Stop-Motion Video of the Aurora Borealis

Acupuncture for Pain No Better Than Placebo -- And Not Without Harm, Study Finds


Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs

Brownsville Station - “The Martian Boogie

(7 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Nanotechnology and Ethical Concerns  -  (10-minute YouTube audio/video)  -  Produced and written in 2008 by Jennifer Pitts and narrated by James Pitts, this well-done video presents the pros & cons of exactly what Nanotechnology is and what its use in the production of various products and future developments may entail.  -

Weather Forecast via the Old Farmer’s Almanac


Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything—for free.  -  What started out as Sal making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.  -

Federal agency proclaims medical use for marijuana - (3-24-11 - By Kyle Daly - The Washington Independent) - As federal battles over medical marijuana across the country heat up, a statement from one federal agency may be a huge asset for medical marijuana dispensaries that have been targeted by the various arms of the U.S. Department of Justice and the IRS.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a division of the National Institute of Health, which is itself one of the 11 component agencies that make up the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last week, the NCI quietly added to its treatment database a summary of marijuana’s medicinal benefits, including an acknowledgment that oncologists may recommend it to patients for medicinal use.

The summary cites clinical trials demonstrating the benefit of medical marijuana. Part of it reads:

     The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal Cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.  -

Vermont’s Single-Payer Salvation - (March 18, 2011 - By Lauren Else - In These Times)  - The Green Mountain State is poised to abolish most forms of private health insurance.  -

The Bomb: A scary light show -  (10 min. - YouTube audio/video) - (March 30, 2011 - Graphic artist Isao Hashimoto depicts the startling number of nuclear bombs that have gone off between 1945 and 1998, from the early U.S. and Soviet tests to the activities of Pakistan's nuclear program. Each bomb emits a ping and a flash.  -

Fashion That - It MUST be Magic!

(4-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

You Are Being Watched - Spotlights the high costs of camera surveillance systems, both in terms of money and civil liberties.  Do we want a society where we live under an ever-watchful video eye?  -

ACLU finds [surveillance]camera plan ‘creepy

Gerald Celente’s The Trends Research Institute



Gerald Celente's Top Trends for 2011

(6-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)



'America lives in a fascist state' - Gerald Celente

(11-1/4 min. YouTube audio/video)

Predator’ Smart Camera Locks Onto, Tracks Anything … Mercilessly - (4-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - (April 4, 2011 - by Charlie Sorrell- Wired) - Zdenek Kalal’s Predator object-tracking software is almost uncanny. Show anything to its all-seeing camera eye, and it will quickly learn to recognize it and then track it, whether it fades into the distance, hides amongst other similar objects or — in the case of faces turns sideways.

It really lives up to its name, reminding us of the Predator’s HUD-enhanced vision in the movie of the same name.

Kalal is a Ph.D. student at the University of Surrey in England, researching projects that make computers see. His Predator algorithm is both fast and powerful.

After telling it what to look for (by dragging a box over the onscreen image) the Predator gets to work. Within seconds it can recognize patterns, objects and faces and track them as they shrink, grow and rotate. When Kalal hides from the camera and holds up a sheet of paper with his photo among a patchwork of thumbnails, Predator picks his face out immediately.

Four minutes might seem like a long time in today’s attention-starved world, but you should watch Kalal’s demo video. It’s worth it just to see him scooting hyperactively around on his office chair.

Keep watching past the credits and you’ll see plenty of other uses, such as tracking individual animals for research, and chasing cars and people across multiple security cameras. It’s not hard to imagine more. -

The High Probability Of Finding 'Life Beyond Earth' - (37- min. audio - April 4, 2011 - Fresh Air - WHYY/NPR) - Scientific interest in extraterrestrial life has grown in the past 20 years. The field of astrobiology now includes researchers from a wide variety of disciplines — microbiologists studying bacteria that survive in the most extreme conditions on Earth; astronomers who believe there may be billions of planets with conditions hospitable to life; chemists investigating how amino acids and living organisms first appeared on Earth; and scientists studying rocks from Mars are seeing convincing evidence that microbial life existed on the Red Planet.

In First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth, Marc Kaufman, a science writer and national editor at The Washington Post, explains how microbes found in some of Earth's most inhospitable environments may hold the key to unlocking mysteries throughout the solar system.

Kaufman talks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about the ongoing search for life in the universe — from current research, to the unknowns in the field.

"There are undoubtedly billions or trillions of planets out there and there are most likely billions in the Milky Way itself — just one of billions of galaxies," Kaufman says. "There are billions of planets in habitable zones in relation to their stars that would allow for water to be liquid and for other important conditions for life."  -

Radioactive Fallout in Saint Louis Missouri

(1-3/4-min. - YouTube audio/video)

9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes

Physics Of The Riderless Bike

(3-1/2 min. audio/video)

(Science Friday/NPR)

'Apple a Day' Advice Rooted in Science

(Environmentally Sustainable)

Global Population 100 Million

(6-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)

Underwater astonishments

Why free will may be an illusion
(2-1/2 min. video)

Programmer under oath admits

computers rig elections

Software programmer says

US elections are rigged

and that

US Representatives

tried to pay him

to rig their election vote counts.

(12 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Real Story of the FBI UFOX-Files”

The Truth About GOP Hero Ayn Rand

Self-healing polymer fixes scratches

(2-min. - YouTube audio/video)

How to Disable Geolocation in Specific Programs   

[As noted at the following URL]:

Geolocation is a rather secret feature

of some browsers and toolbars.

It allows the creator of that program

to get a fix on the location of your computer

to within a few meters of where you actually live.

For the potential dangers

read the article from BBC News entitled

'Web attack knows where you live' here.

The question is therefore

how to effectively disable this feature.

At this moment this site offers solutions for

Apple Safari, Firefox, Flock,

Google Chrome, Google Toolbar,

Opera and Twitter:


Social Satarist

George Carlin

on Earth Day

(7-3/4 min. - YouTube audi/video)


Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry - Author Trish Regan shares her insights on the clean-cut MBAs pursuing the "American Dream" through cannabis entrepreneurship. -  (April 20, 2011 - By Steven Wishnia - AlterNet)  -

Scotch Tape

Lets You See Through

Frosted Glass

(20-sec. - YouTube video)

Increasing Calls for Iraq War Probe of Bush Administration  -  by César Chelala - In his just published memoirs, The Age of Deception, former chief United Nations nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei asks that George W. Bush and officials in his administration face international criminal investigation for the war in Iraq. One thing he learned from the Iraq war, he says, is that deliberate deception is not limited to small countries ruled by ruthless dictators.  -

America's Worst Nukes


America’s Nuclear Nightmare - The U.S. has 31 reactors just like Japan’s — but regulators are ignoring the risks and boosting industry profits - (April 27, 2011 - by Jeff Goodell - Rolling Stone Magazine)  -

Meet Bart Ehrman: A One-Man God Fraud Squad - A world-renowned Bible scholar says the Bible is full of fibs, forgeries and downright lies.  - (April 29, 2011 - by Anneli Rufus - AlterNet)  -

IRIS Seismic Monitor

Taineted uranium, danger widely distributed - (6-24-01 - by Peter Eisler - USA TODAY)  -  For years, state investigators wondered why radioactive technetium-99 was turning up in drinking water wells near the old Mallinckrodt Chemical uranium fuel-making plant in Hematite, Mo. Now they think they have an answer: The plant was one of several in and around St. Louis where Mallinckrodt and its successors used thousands of tons of recycled uranium to fabricate metallic fuel rods for nuclear reactors. "We believe the contamination we're now seeing at the site is related to the (recycling) program," says Ron Kucera of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Plans to clean up extensive pollution from uranium wastes at Hematite are snagged by questions over who is responsible for the technetium. That element requires special disposal because it has a half-life of 213,000 years and moves easily into soil and water. Technetium wasn't expected at Hematite because it is produced only when uranium is irradiated in a nuclear reactor — and Hematite had no reactor. "The Department of Energy has resisted efforts to become involved because even though they may have some liability, they don't want to pay anything," Kucera says. The Hematite facility was part of a nationwide network of private and federally owned plants and labs that produced fuel and other components for the nearly 70,000 U.S. nuclear weapons built before production was phased out in the early 1990s. Many of them used recycled uranium. The recycling began at the dawn of the Cold War. Officials in the weapons program were seeking ways to reuse the costly uranium that was irradiated in nuclear reactors to make plutonium and other fissile explosives for bomb cores.   -

Too Much or Too Little Sleep May Accelerate Cognitive Aging, Study Shows - ScienceDaily (May 1, 2011) — A study in the May 1 issue of the journal Sleep describes how changes in sleep that occur over a five-year period in late middle age affect cognitive function in later life. The findings suggest that women and men who begin sleeping more or less than 6 to 8 hours per night are subject to an accelerated cognitive decline that is equivalent to four to seven years of aging.  -

Is There a Toxic Mercury Hot Spot Near You? - (April 28, 2011 - Posted by Mary Anne Hitt - Alternet) - Live near St. Louis? The Labadie coal-fired power plant emits more than 1,400 lbs of mercury every year.  -

Encyclopedia of

American Coachbuilders

& Coachbuilding -

Over 1200

Auto Body Builders Represented

Absolutely incredible listing  of info links

(most, if not all, which included both

detailed historical text and photos)

of historic carriage, auto and truck builders


The Strange World of NSA Mind Control

Gerald Celente

Cold Fusion is a Reality

(7 min. - YouTube audio)

Details about the current reality

of working Cold Fusion

begins at 3 minutes and 45 seconds

into the discussion.

Forever online: Your digital legacy

Where is all that

Fukushima radiation going,

and why does it matter?

Expert testimony by

Marco Kaltofen, PE,

of the Worcester Polytecnic Institute,

on the long-term hazards

of long-lasting,

airborne radioactive contaminates

to U.S. citizens.

(17-3/4 min. - audio/video)

Fracking Hell:

The Untold Story

(18 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Killer Chemtrails:

The Shocking Truth

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Get Motivated! - (Sheeping The Fleece!)

Meat Glue

a "dirty little secret"

(6 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Easily distracted people may have too much brain

Kucinich Slams


Healthcare "Expert"

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Five Republican Myths About Medicare

Public Domain Flicks

The New American Century (2009) - (1 Hr & 34 Mins - This is the Complete Full Movie - YouTube audio/video) -

“THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY explores the historical, philosophical and economic background that suggests a matrix for such events that is much closer to home than the so-called "Islamic terrorism".

The film provides solid evidence for the true reasons behind the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, whose unfolding is described in chilling detail in a document called "Project for the New American Century", published in the year 2,000, that seems to have served as the actual blueprint for such dramatic events.

As a follow-up to Inganno Globale, The New American Century presents the historical, philosophical, economical and political background -- some of which is totally unknown to the public -- that lend support to the accusation that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were in fact an inside-job.

"Historically accurate, narratively captivating, The New American Century is one of the best films about the facts behind the 9/11 attacks". -- Webster G. Tarpley

"The New American Century is a stunning film. It should be seen as widely as possible, in cinemas, bars, clubs, at meetings and, of course, through the internet. I'm sure the film will continue to be a source of debate and political education for many years." -- Ken Loach.

This film is astonishing, it goes in detail through the untold history of The Project for the New American Century with tons of archival footage and connects it right into the present. This film exposes how every major war in US history was based on a complete fraud with video of insiders themselves admitting it. This film shows how the first film theaters in the US were used over a hundred years ago to broadcast propaganda to rile the American people into the Spanish-American War. This film shows the white papers of the oil company Unocal which called for the creation of a pipeline through Afghanistan and how their exact needs were fulfilled through the US invasion of Afghanistan. This film shows how Halliburton under their "cost plus" exclusive contract with the US Government went on a mad dash spending spree akin to something out of the movie Brewster's Millions, yet instead of blowing $30 million they blew through BILLIONS by literally burning millions of dollars worth of hundred thousand dollar cars and trucks if they had so much as a flat tire. I have seen a ton of films, this film contains a massive amount of incredible footage I have never seen before anywhere, it is an historical documentary which exposes all the lies of the past so that you can understand the present. - This film is a must see” 

The Bikenomics Series - (2011) - Bicycle transportation is good for a lot of things—it’s healthy, it’s green, it’s quiet, it’s fun, it builds community. It also makes financial sense, and the magnitude of bicycling’s economic impact gets far less attention than it deserves. In the Bikenomics series, Elly Blue explores the scope of that impact, from personal finance to local economies to the big picture of the national budget. In the grassroots and on a policy level, the bicycle is emerging as an effective engine of economic recovery.  -


How employers can encourage happy, healthy bike commuters

Did You Know?

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Can Psychedelics Make You Happier? - Research suggests that psychedelics may be better than antidepressants, which tend to dampen or suppress psychological problems without necessarily curing them. - (May 8, 2011 - By Sam Kornell - AlterNet)  -

Be warned of Digital Deception

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Red hair a legacy of Neanderthal man

Bedbug Revival 2011: What You Need to Know


Drug-resistant bacteria in bedbugs

The Link Between Deadly Weather and Global Warming Is Real -- and Conservatives Can't Just Wish It Away - (May 6, 2011 - by Paul Rosenberg - AlterNet) - Does extreme weather foretell the kind of climate that global warming is bringing us? Scientists say yes.   -

Big Brother IS Watching YOU!

Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows - ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2007) — The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.  -

Human-Powered Vehicles Pedal For a Medal

5 Professional Tea Partiers: Who's Sucking the Most Money From the Movement? - (May 12, 2011 - by Adele M. Stan - AlterNet)  - These five Tea Party leaders are nicely compensated for leading the allegedly leaderless movement. -

Hacking Democracy

(82 min. - video documentary)

Are All Religions Equally Crazy?

High fiber - (13 min. - video) - ( - by Betsy Rate - Need To Know/PBS)  -  The United States is where the internet was born. But we’re falling behind in the race to the online future. Most of us go online these days using a service that’s called broadband – faster than old-fashioned dial-up, and always on. But broadband service in the U.S. lags behind a dozen or more industrialized countries – and we’re doing worse every year. Need to Know correspondent Rick Karr traveled to the U.K. and the Netherlands – with support from the Ford Foundation and in collaboration with the website Engadget – to find out how these two countries have jumped ahead of us online. This is a story about capitalism, competition, dynamism and innovation in what is arguably the most important industry of the 21st century. Old fashioned American values, right? Then why are we being left so far behind?  -

Inside Job

(36-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)

Katie Couric [CBS News]

interviews Charles Ferguson,

writer and director of "Inside Job,"

a new [2010] documentary

that explores the origins of

the 2008 financial meltdown.

[Includes some brief film clips from the documentary.]

The People vs. Goldman Sachs



How Fox News Outfoxes Americans - (May 13, 2011 - by Danny Schechter - ConsortiumNews) - To understand how so many average Americans can be duped into embracing right-wing positions that go against their own interests, you must look at how Fox News (and right-wing media outlets) use faux populism and phony outrage as propaganda techniques, a topic explored by Danny Schechter in this guest essay.  -

The Botany of Desire

(1 hr. & 55min. - video -PBS)

This special takes viewers on
an eye-opening exploration of
the human relationship
with the plant world.

[Includes commentary/interview with
best-selling author, Michael Pollan.

Particularly highlights
, Marijuana, the Potato, and the Apple.]

Who are "sovereign citizens"?

(May 15, 2011 - CBS/60 Minutes - videos)

Anti-government U.S. extremists
who don't pay taxes
and ignore requirements
like social security cards
and drivers licenses
are on the rise.

Called sovereign citizens,
some have become violent
and the FBI considers them
a domestic terror threat

Byron Pitts reports.

Spaceship-like Car to Hit U.S. Roads

(3-1/4 min. video)

A Former Jerry Falwell Follower Reflects On How The Religious Right Gets It Wrong - (May, 2011 - by Jason Childs - Church & State)  -  I want you to know that the fundamentalist political movement is the beginning of a cultural revolution that will take our nation to a very dark place. You have to understand that this has been methodically planned and is being carried out with the utmost vigilance. In accordance with their worldview, my old friends do not in the least care about what you think. They are against democracy, and they are seeking to end the rule of the majority in our great country.

They truly believe that if you have not been “saved,” you are living under a curse and are incapable of knowing what is best and that because of this you should be ruled over. You should also know they do not believe that even centuries-old Christian communities (Catholics, Anglicans, Greek Orthodox, etc.) are “saved,” only those who think like they do.

You might be thinking that a minority fundamentalist group of zealots can’t really take over the direction of a society. Just look at Iran, or the countless other places where people have allowed this to happen. Are you all really going to sit back and watch this happen? They will begin to attack all sources of accurate information. Public radio was first, next will be museums and then science books. Just listen to them argue against the scientific facts about the peril our planet is facing, because it does not fit in with their ideas. They represent a clear and present danger to our union.

Chemtrail Spray Operations

Captured on Doppler Radar

(7-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Comet Elenin spawned mass hysteria on the Internet

Conservative Talk Radio Is Dead

Jon Stewart and Actual Historian Refute Beck Fave, David Barton, on Religion and Law - (May 19, 2011 - Sourced from Right Wing Watch - Alternet) - University of Pennsylvania historian Richard Beeman was yesterday’s guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart following an appearance by pseudo-historian David Barton. Beeman, like other real historians, notes that Barton greatly embellishes the religious views of the Founding Fathers and misrepresented the Constitution.

The Constitution is federally devoid of any mention of religion except for one provision which says there shall be no test for public office or any position of public trust, so the only mention of religion is keep religion out of our government,” Beeman says, and “the debate in the [constitutional] Convention is virtually devoid” of religious references. Barton, on the other hand, made this pathetic case that the Constitution incorporates the Bible.

Right Wing Watch looked into Barton’s many fabrications, falsehoods, obfuscations, revisionist history, as well as his total neglect of the Fourteenth Amendment’s incorporation of the First Amendment to the states and his warped view of constitutional jurisprudence while he was on The Daily Show.

During part II of the interview with Beeman, Stewart noted that while Barton told him that he was OK with Sharia law in the US, he would likely make the opposite case to his conservative supporters.

In fact, that is exactly what happened, as Barton dedicated an entire radio program to denying what he plainly told Stewart about Sharia.

Such dishonest actions reflect the fact that Barton is a political activist, not a historian -- he even was paid by the Republican National Committee to mobilize church groups to support President Bush’s reelection and Republican candidates. As Kyle notes, even his documentary on African American history is brazenly partisan.

As Beeman and other credentialed historians make clear, Barton is simply distorting history for his own political purposes.  -

5 Reasons the Finance Sector Should Pay for Full Tuition at Public Universities the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

When Hollywood Wanted "A Strange Harvest" - By Linda Moulton Howe

Jackie Chan
Does His Own
Amazing Stunts

(4-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Domestic Spying

Surveillance Society

Inverted Black-Dome Cameras

(3-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video - CNN)



Domestic Spying

NSA, Internet Spying, AT&T

(8 min. - YouTube audio/video - ABC News)

The End



(1 hr. + 13 min. - video)

Best-selling, non-fiction author

Naomi Wolf

exhibits the “10 Steps”

which transform

former free countries

into police-states

as is now happening

in the United States!

Simple Man's Survival Guide

The Patriot Act: When Truth Becomes Treason - (May 23rd, 2011 - By Susan Lindauer, former CIA Asset covering Iraq & Libya - TheIntelHub)  -

Social Media:

A Skinner box

that trains you

to under-value

your privacy

(Cory Doctorow)

(12-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The 'Christian' Dogma Pushed by Religious Schools That Are Supported by Your Tax Dollars - (May 23, 2011 - by Racheal Tabachnick - AlterNet) - If you live in a state with a voucher or corporate tax credit program funding "school choice," your state's tax dollars are funding the teaching of religious supremacism.

Are your state’s tax dollars funding the teaching of religious supremacism and bigotry? What about creationism? The answer is undoubtedly yes, if you live in a state with a voucher or corporate tax credit program funding “school choice."

Religious schools across the nation are receiving public funds through voucher and corporate tax credit programs. Many hundreds, if not thousands, of these schools use Protestant fundamentalist textbooks that teach not only creationism, but also a religious supremacist worldview. They offer a shocking spin on politics, history and human rights.  -

The Nature Principle - A Prescription for Adults

Giant Tornado Wiped Joplin, Missouri Off the Map: Before & After Images

[NOTE:  This is NOT “good” news.  Scientific studies have shown that the (inter)act(ive) of reading stimulates the brain and enhances both memory and I.Q.  (BTW…scientific studies show similar results for interactive computer games, too. :-)  However, the “images, not words” of the “augmented reality” described in this BBC News article, would be more in line with watching anentertainmentprogram on TV, which -- unless you’re watching an informative documentary -- tends to “dumb down” (literally) its audiences…and, can actually lower I.Q.!  --BikeBob]:

Aurasma: Augmented reality future or forgettable fun? - (May 26, 2011 - by Rory Cellan-Jones - BBC News) - Rory Cellan-Jones tests augmented reality software that plays video over live images filmed through a phone

You're standing at a bus-stop, the adverts come to life, you're looking at menu, you can see the food, instruction manuals can show you how to put the Ikea table together.

Already, newspapers are talking about turning display adverts into video ads - which can earn them more. And movie studios are planning sightseeing tours where you see parts of a film played out in the real world.

Its a vision of a future where images, not words, become the building blocks by which we search the world and understand our surroundings.  -

Native Missouri Plants - Grow Native!

The Unreal World Of UFOs - “As I have seen it through the eyes of hundreds of people in a dozen countries --Bob Pratt, reporter  -

Is Alien Intrigue

Really a Soviet-Era Psyop?

(4 min. video)

(May 27, 2011 - By Hugh Hart - Wired)

Former Los Angeles Times Magazine reporter Annie Jacobsen

argues in a new book that Nazi Josef Mengele

went to Russia after World War II and, under Stalin’s direction,

surgically deformed children so they’d look like aliens.

According to Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,

the Russians then supposedly built a craft in the shape of a flying saucer

and arranged for the “UFO” to crash in the Nevada desert

in order to create panic in the United States.

The book tells a gripping story

about the possible roots of alien intrigue,

but ABC’s Bill Weir didn’t buy it

during Thursday’s Nightline broadcast.

In the clip embedded above,

Weir blasts Jacobsen

for relying on an octogenarian

as a primary source for the weird story.

Watch the clip...

Dr Chris Fichtner, MD

Time To Put Marijuana

In Every Home

(17-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)


The Marijuana Policy

Tipping Point

(9-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Viewpoint: Facebook Is Not Your Friend

Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain - (May 31, 2011 - by Andrew Newberg - Scientific American) - A study links life-changing religious experiences, like being born again, with atrophy in the hippocampus  -

Why the Marijuana Renaissance Is Here to Stay - We are not far from a time when pot will be hailed as a "wonder drug." - (May 31, 2011 - by Lester Greenspoon, M.D. - AlterNet)  - (Lester Grinspoon M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, emeritus, at Harvard Medical School and the author of Marihuana Reconsidered and Marijuana, the Forbidden Medicine.)

The following is the [excerpt] text of a speech by Lester Greenspoon, M.D. recently delivered to the 2011 NORML conference. :

In 1967, because of my concern about the rapidly growing use of the dangerous drug marijuana, I began my studies of the scientific and medical literature with the goal of providing a reasonably objective summary of the data which underlay its prohibition.  Much to my surprise, I found no credible scientific basis for the justification of the prohibition.  The assertion that it is a very toxic drug is based on old and new myths.  In fact, one of the many exceptional features of this drug is its remarkably limited toxicity.  Compared to aspirin, which people are free to purchase and use without the advice or prescription of a physician, cannabis is much safer: there are well over 1000 deaths annually from aspirin in this country alone, whereas there has never been a death anywhere from marijuana.  In fact, when cannabis regains its place in the US Pharmacopeia, a status it lost after the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, it will be seen as one of the safest drugs in that compendium.  Moreover, it will eventually be hailed as a "wonder drug" just as penicillin was in the 1940s.  Penicillin achieved this reputation because it was remarkably non-toxic, it was, once it was produced on an economy of scale, quite inexpensive, and it was effective in the treatment of a variety of infectious diseases.  Similarly, cannabis is exceptionally safe, and once freed of the prohibition tariff, will be significantly less expensive than the conventional drugs it replaces while its already impressive medical versatility continues to expand.

Given these characteristics, it should come as no surprise that its use as a medicine is growing exponentially or that individual states have established  legislation which makes it possible for patients suffering from a variety of disorders to use the drug legally with a recommendation from a physician.  ….

What in the World
Are They Spraying?

(1 hr. + 38 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Google Earth Anomalies

Color Red Increases the Speed and Strength of Reactions - ScienceDaily (June 2, 2011) — What links speed, power, and the color red? Hint: it's not a sports car. It's your muscles. A new study, published in the journal Emotion, finds that when humans see red, their reactions become both faster and more forceful. And people are unaware of the color's intensifying effect.  -

The Discovery of the Century

Evidence of Ancient Electrical Devices

found in the Great Pyramid?

By Christopher Dunn

June 2, 2011

New images from inside the Great Pyramid shaft

reveal evidence of electrical terminals,

cables and even ancient wiring diagrams!

The discovery of electrical contacts and wiring

inside the Great Pyramid,

along with markings that show how to connect them,

do not fit anywhere in conventional Egyptology

but confirm the theory first published in my book,

The Giza Power Plant:

Technologies of Ancient Egypt

in 1998.

Only this theory has ever made such predictions,

and every robot explorer they send up the shafts

finds more and more evidence to prove

that the theory is correct.

Background and details follow:


Bio Station Alpha

on Mars

Discovery (via Google Mars)

by David Martines 2011

Original Video

This could be the most important discovery on Mars yet! 

This structure is 700' x 150',

and is colored white with blue and red stripes

 against the red Martian soil.

This is not a rock or mountain.

It is a manufactured structure.

This is not something that I [David Martines] created,

this is something that is currently on Google Mars.

NASA wont talk to me [David Martines] about it.

I've [David Martines] sent them a few emails, and no reply.


Go see for yourself.

The coordinates are:

71 49'19.73"N 29 33'06.53"W

(3-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Secret History of Boeing’s Killer Drone

Can Positive Thinking Be Negative? - Research suggests limits to looking on the sunny side of life - (June 7, 2011 - Scientific American

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Exposes Top 10 Worst

Corporate Income Tax Avoiders

(4-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Dan Aykroyd

(87 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Space Shuttle


Space Station

Photographed Together

(June 8, 2011 - APOD/NASA)


After the page loads do this:  

(a) Left-click in the photo

and wait for the photo to reload

(b) Then use the +/- maginifier pointer

and left-click in the reloaded photo

for a dramatically enlarged

and sharply detailed image.  

-- Bike Bob]


Sniffing Out Sickness

Worrying Is Helpful (And Healthful!)

When Breaking the Law Is Justified

How Many Nuclear Weapons Still Threaten Humanity?

Anna Lappé
Water Sustainability

(1-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

A PR firm working for Dow Chemical
contacted author Anna Lappé
to submit a video for
The Future We Create: The Future of Water,
a web project about
water sustainability
sponsored by Dow Chemical.
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Origami: Between The Folds  -  (Video excerpts - Independent Lens/PBS)  - Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of creativity and revealing the relationship between art and science.

BETWEEN THE FOLDS chronicles 10 of their stories. Featuring interviews with and insights into the practice of these intrepid paper folders, the film opens with three of the world's foremost origami artists: a former sculptor in France who folds caricatures in paper rivaling the figures of Daumier and Picasso; a hyper-realist who walked away from a successful physics career to challenge the physics of a folded square instead; and an artisanal papermaker who folds impressionistic creations from the very same medium he makes from scratch.

The film then moves to less conventional artists, exploring concepts of minimalism, deconstruction, process and empiricism. Abstract artists emerge with a greater emphasis on concept, chopping at the fundamental roots of realism, which have long dominated traditional origami. The film also features advanced mathematicians and a remarkable scientist who received a MacArthur Genius Award for his computational origami research.  -

Ecstasy As Treatment for PTSD - (June 10, 2011 - by Scott Thill - AlterNet) - MDMA is gaining serious traction as a treatment option for soldiers and civilians suffering from crippling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  -

Conservatives May Be Less Sensitive to Certain Social Cues

Hot Particles From Japan to Seattle Virtually Undetectable when Inhaled or Swallowed - (6-min. video - June 12, 2011 - by Fairewinds Associates)  -  Original estimates of xenon and krypton releases remain the same, but a TEPCO recalculation shows dramatic increases in the release of hot particles. This confirms the results of air filter monitoring by independent scientists. Fairewinds' Arnie Gundersen explains how hot particles may react in mammals while escaping traditional detection. Reports of a metallic taste in the mouth, such as those now being reported in Japan and on the west coast, are a telltale sign of radiation exposure.  -

WWII  B-24 Bomber Plant Newsreel
(7 min. - video)

Former Cop and Drug Warrior: Why I Turned Against the Drug War - (June 12, 2011 - by Norm Stamper - YES! Magazine) -  Someday we’ll wise up. The only true solution to the horrific financial and human costs of the drug war is to end it—to legalize and regulate drugs.

According to Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, drug legalization would save $77 billion a year. It would free up close to half the nation’s prison cells, reserving them for violent offenders. We would be able to invest substantially more time, money, and imagination in prevention, education, and drug treatment. And, we would make our communities much safer and healthier.

Norm Stamper is former chief of the Seattle Police Department, and an advisory board member of NORML and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). He is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing (Nation Books, 2005).  -

There Are 10 Times As Many Atheists as Mormons: When Will Non-Believers Become a Political Force? - (June 10, 2011 - by Adam Lee - AlterNet) - The rise of atheists as political players would have positive effects on American society and possibly even the world as a whole.  -

History's Time Portal to Old St. Louis

Living St. Louis  Space Museum

(10-1/2 min. video)

First 5 min. covers the

Space Museum

in Bonne Terre, Missouri;

next 3 min. covers the

Planet Walk

in University City, MO;

last 2 min. covers the

St. Louis Forest Park


The Space Museum

116 School Street

Bonne Terre, Missouri

The Truth

About the Economy

Robert Reich

connects the dots on the economy

(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Geeky Stats About Magic Mushrooms - (June 17, 2011 - by Kevin Drum - Mother Jones) - A team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has recently documented a safe, long-lasting way of improving both your life and your personal feelings of well-being: shrooms.

Or, more precisely, psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.  ingesting psilocybin produces a mystical experience that can be quantified. "Noetic quality," for example, increased from 19.4 on a placebo to 70.6 on the highest dose used in the study. "Transcendence of space and time" increased from 18.3 to 78.2. Etc. You probably already knew that.

psilocybin can sometimes produces bad trips full of fear and anxiety, but the researchers have also figured out how to minimize this. Partly this was due to the experimental design: "The study was designed to optimize the potential for positively valued experiences by providing 8 hours of preparation, administering psilocybin in a pleasant, supportive setting, and instructing volunteers to focus explicitly on their subjective or inner experience." They used soothing music, too. But they also tried various dosages of psilocybin on their subjects, and it turns out that nearly all of the episodes of anxiety happened at the highest dose. Crank it down one notch and you're still likely to get most of the benefits but with significantly less chance of a bad experience.

psilocybin produces not only mystical experiences, but joy, happiness, and positive social effects. And it does it for a long time: in followup interviews 14 months after the study was completed, nearly all the subjects still reported positive changes in their lives, especially if they received their psilocybin in increasing dosages.  ….   Here are the geeky charts you've been waiting for:  -

Silly Putty enables new Smell-o-vision device

Report on the 20111st Annual UFO Revival” Conference in Patterson, Missouri - by Bob Soetebier - [Link]

Military Witnesses

of UFOs at

Nuclear Sites

National Press Club 

Washington, DC 

Sept. 27, 2010

(1 hr. & 27 mins. - YouTube audio/video)

"A Plea for UFO-E.T. Cover-up Deathbed Confessions

Millions of Archived Films and TV Footage Now Accessible to All - ScienceDaily (June 21, 2011) — More than 13 million film, television and radio records are now available thanks to a pioneering new search engine developed by Royal Holloway, University of London and the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC).

The BUFVC federated search environment is an innovative 'all-in-one' search engine that allows users to access nine online databases, containing records, relating to film, television and radio content.

Increasing quantities of archive film, television and radio content are available, but the content is usually delivered as stand-alone collections, with users needing to know where to look before they begin their research. This new search environment will allow researchers to browse all collections using the one search engine and provides results in an easy-to-view format with clean design and user-friendly icons. It also generates 'related records & searches', and has a detailed user history and export function.  -

Atheist Alliance International



Greater St. Louis Coalition of Reason

Spaceweather - News and Information about the Sun-Earth environment



The Essence of Time: Monumentally Important Clocks



Why Prescription Ecstasy or LSD Could Happen Much Sooner Than You Think- (June 24, 2011 - By Anneli Rufus - AlterNet) - If a growing phalanx of scientists get their way, prescriptions for psychedelic drugs could be yours within 10 years.  -

Climate of Denial - Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison? - (June 22, 2011 - by Al Gore - Rolling Stone) - …the record droughts, fires, floods and mudslides continue to increase in severity and frequency. Leading climate scientists like Jim Hansen and Kevin Trenberth now say that events like these would almost certainly not be occurring without the influence of man-made global warming. ….

Many of the extreme and destructive events are the result of the rapid increase in the amount of heat energy from the sun that is trapped in the atmosphere, which is radically disrupting the planet's water cycle. More heat energy evaporates more water into the air, and the warmer air holds a lot more moisture. This has huge consequences that we now see all around the world.

When a storm unleashes a downpour of rain or snow, the precipitation does not originate just in the part of the sky directly above where it falls. Storms reach out — sometimes as far as 2,000 miles — to suck in water vapor from large areas of the sky, including the skies above oceans, where water vapor has increased by four percent in just the last 30 years. (Scientists often compare this phenomenon to what happens in a bathtub when you open the drain; the water rushing out comes from the whole tub, not just from the part of the tub directly above the drain. And when the tub is filled with more water, more goes down the drain. In the same way, when the warmer sky is filled with a lot more water vapor, there are bigger downpours when a storm cell opens the "drain.")

In many areas, these bigger downpours also mean longer periods between storms — at the same time that the extra heat in the air is also drying out the soil. That is part of the reason so many areas have been experiencing both record floods and deeper, longer-lasting droughts.



Real Rock Radio


“Living St. Louis”

Producer Anne-Marie Berger

looks back at a time

when "real rock" music

found a home on

St. Louis' KSHE 95.

In 2007, the radio station

celebrated its 40th anniversary

by creating a rock and roll museum

with sound bites, music and pictures.

(11 min. - YouTube audio/video)

St. Louis Daugerreotypes - Daguerreotypes, the first photographs that were made on a metal plate and coated with a silver surface. After making standard portraits of people, Thomas Easterly took photography outside, and catalogued the changes that urbanization brought to St. Louis. His photo gallery also included his pictures of American Indian's, the earliest that have dates. - (12 min - YouTube audio/video) -


Historic St. Louis Cars - The automotive history of St. Louis. During the late 19th and 20th centuries, the city was at the forefront of mobility development. From 1890 to 1930, St. Louis was one of the major automobile manufacturers in the country, giving Detroit competition for the title of 'motor city'. - (10 min - YouTube audio/video) -

Historic Trolley Streetcars

(6-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)



St. Louis
Museum of Transportation

in Kirkwood, Missouri

(6-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

St. Louis Art Museum

(8 min. - YouTube audio/video)

St. Louis City

Library Tour

(6-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)




History of St. Louis - (Part 1)

(16 min. - YouTube audio/video)


History of St. Louis - (Part 2)

(13-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)


Open Data: Rare Trove of Army Medical Photos Heads to Flickr - (March 17, 2009 - by Alexis Madrigal - Wired) - An Army archivist is undertaking a massive project to digitize and make public a unique collection of rare and sometimes startling military medical images, from the Civil War to Vietnam.

This previously unreported archive at the Army-run National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C., contains 500,000 scans of unique images so far, with another 225,000 set to be digitized this year.

Mike Rhode, the museum’s head archivist, is working to make tens of thousands of those images, which have been buried in the museum’s archive, available on Flickr. Working after hours, his team has posted a curated selection of almost 800 photos on the service already.

"You pay taxes. These are your pictures," Rhode said. "You should be able to see them."  -

Zookeepers stunned as moose rescues drowning marmot from watery death

Meet the world's last pinball maker - (3 min. - video) - The last pinball manufacturer in the world, Stern pinball has found its key to success is to make machines featuring popular brands and names. -

Burp! Pepsi v.s. Coke in the Ice Cold War

Coca-Cola secret recipe revealed?

Thom Hartmann

Performs an Exorcism

On the GOP

- Really!

(2-min. - YouTube audio/video)

History Detectives - (PBS)­ - Exploring historical objects and the stories behind them, History Detectives crisscrosses the country delving into legends, folklore and personal histories to discover potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes.  -


Moon Museum - History Detectives (PBS) - (16-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video) - In 1969, six major artists, including Andy Warhol, conspired to put their artwork on the moon. They shrank their artwork to fit on a tiny ceramic wafer, with a plan to smuggle the chip on board Apollo 12. A Florida art curator has a clone of the chip. He wants to know if the original made it to the moon. HISTORY DETECTIVES Gwen Wright takes the case from there. She narrows the investigation to a man who calls himself John F. He sent a telegram to the artists confirming that he attached the chip to the leg of the lunar landing module that NASA left on the surface of the moon. Did he? Only John F. knows for sure.  -

How Atheism Can Make the World Better By Tearing Down Religious Irrationality - Atheism is not just about disproving religious belief; it's also a burgeoning social justice movement intent on tearing down the social structures that perpetuate injustice. - (July 3, 2011 - By Amanda Marcotte - AlterNet) -

Easy Rider

Jack Nicholson

talks about


(4-1/2 min. ­- YouTube audio/video)

Old TV Shows you can watch for free -

Atlas Obscura - A Compendium of the World’s Wonders, Curiosities and Esoterica

Learn Something New Every Day


Barking up the wrong tree




Learn Something (Else) Every Day



Mind Hacks


The Contemporary Influence

of the Alien film

"They Live"

(3-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)


United Tech Guys

Chemtrails Hit Big Time

PYX 106 in AlbanyNY

(10-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Radioactive Container Truck
Spewing Gamma Rays
Into Traffic on I-270
in Saint Louis, Missouri

(1-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Pendulum Waves
(1-3/4 min. - YouTube video)

Rachael Maddow


Religious Extemists

(14 min. - video)

Float Trip

Dos and Don'ts:

Eating Raw Crawfish

(4-1/2 min. - video)

MUFON: The Purge Continues

Another UFO Black Eye

UFO & MUFON History

(Sometimes Controversial)

Past and Present

Don Ecker

is the former Director of Research

for “UFO Magazine

and a retired police detective. 

He discusses

(in Feb. 2011, on his “Dark Matters” radio show)

some of his personal UFO investigative history

-- including purported

UFO-related human mutilations! 

He also interviews

former MUFON State Directors for

Texas (Ken Cherry)

and Utah (Elaine Douglass).

(2 hrs. - audio)


E.P.I.C.Extraordinary Phenomena Investigations Council

Don Ecker’s

Vicious Vinyl:

Sex, Drugs, Rock n’ Roll

(Jimi Hendrix)

(1 hr. - audio podcast file download)

You Can't Kill a Planet and Live on It, Too - (July 16, 2011 - by Frank Joseph Smecker and Derrick Jensen - Truthout) - Let's expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running.

With an entire planet being slaughtered before our eyes, it's terrifying to watch the very culture responsible for this - the culture of industrial civilization, fueled by a finite source of fossil fuels, primarily a dwindling supply of oil - thrust forward wantonly to fuel its insatiable appetite for "growth."

Deluded by myths of progress and suffering from the psychosis of technomania complicated by addiction to depleting oil reserves, industrial society leaves a crescendo of atrocities in its wake.

A very partial list would include the Bhopal chemical disaster, numerous oil spills, the illegal depleted uranium-spewing occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, the nuclear meltdown of Fukushima, the permanent removal of 95 percent of the large fish from the oceans (not to mention full-on systemic collapse of those oceans), indigenous communities replacement by oil wells, the mining of coltan for cell phones and Playstations along the Democratic Republic of the Congo/Rwanda border - resulting in tribal warfare and the near-extinction of the Eastern Lowland gorilla.

As though 200 species going extinct each day were not enough, climate change, a direct result of burning fossil fuels, has proved not only to be as unpredictable as it is real, but as destructive as it is unpredictable. The erratic and lethal characteristics of a changing planet and its shifting atmosphere are becoming the norm of the 21st century, their impact accelerating at an alarming pace, bringing this planet closer, sooner than later, to a point of uninhabitable ghastliness. And yet, collective apathy, ignorance and self-imposed denial in the face of all this sadistic exploitation and violence marches this culture closer to self-annihilation.  -

Grammar Girl’s Tips

Computer Beats PC Game After Reading Manual

360-Degree Spherical Panoramas In and Around Utah - Utah, in full surround 360-degree interactive panoramas. It's the next best thing to being there. Click on any preview to open a panorama, then click and drag in any direction, including up and down.  -


Panoramic Photos From Around The World


360-Degree Panoramic View From Summit of Mount Everest

Panoramic Virtual Tour of Abandoned Michigan Station in Detroit

The Incredible Things NASA Did to Train Apollo Astronauts

UFO Files

Alien Encounters

Season 3 Ep 13 (FULL)

(45 min. - YouTube audio/video)



UFO Files

Britain's X-Files

Season 2 Ep 2 (FULL)

(45 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Ben Rich Lockheed CEO Admits on Deathbed: ET UFO Are Real

NASA Spinoffs



10 Best NASA Spinoffs

360-Degree Virtual Tour of Space Shuttle Discovery's Flight Deck

Former Arizona Governor

Fife Symington

Admits Seeing

Phoenix LightsUFO

(3-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Sinkholes around the world

Top 10

UFO Sightings


(47-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)


I Know

What I Saw


(1 hr. + 30 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Restaurants Where You Only Pay What You Can Afford? A Visionary Way to Bring Good Food to the Poor Is Taking Off - (July 21, 2011 - by Kelly McCartney - Shareable) - When the founder of Panera Bread opened his Panera Cares pay-what-you-can cafe, the model was a huge success.  -

Inside LSD

Full Length


(45-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)





The History Of


(1 & ½-hrs. - Google video)





Full Length



(1 & ½- hrs. - YouTube audio/video)

Dr. J Allen Hynek Admits Astronomers do see UFO's ! (1977) - (4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Dr. Josef Allen Hynek ( May 1, 1910 - April 27, 1986 ) was Chairman of Department of Astronomy Northwestern University , professor, and ufologist. He is perhaps best remembered for his UFO research. Hynek acted as scientific adviser to UFO studies undertaken by the U.S. Air Force under three consecutive names: Project Sign (1947-1949), Project Grudge (1949-1952), and Project Blue Book (1952 to 1969). For decades afterwards, he conducted his own independent UFO research, and is widely considered the father of the concept of scientific analysis of both reports and, especially, trace evidence purportedly left by UFOs. Also his book called The Ufo's Experience a Scientific Inquiry 1972  -

Senator Al Franken

draws map of USA

(1-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

UFO Reality

Google Earth
captures UFO
over South Africa

(1-1/2 min. - video)

The Pot Republic

(First 26 min. of 54 min. video)

(July 26, 2011 - Frontline/PBS)

UFO - Stanton T. Friedman IS Real! - (9-1/2 min. prelude - YouTube audio/video) - Stanton T. Friedman received BSc and MSc degrees in physics from the University of Chicago in 1955 and 1956. He was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist for such companies as GE, GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics, and McDonnell Douglas on such advanced, classified, eventually cancelled, projects as nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets, and nuclear powerplants for space.

Since 1967 he has lectured on the topic "Flying Saucers ARE Real!" at more than 600 colleges and over 100 professional groups in 50 states, 9 provinces, 13 other countries. He has published more than 80 UFO papers and appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs. He is the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident and co-authored "Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident." TOP SECRET/MAJIC, his explosive book about the Majestic 12 group established in 1947 to deal with crashed saucers, was published in 1996 and is in its 6th printing. ….

He has provided written testimony to Congressional Hearings, appeared twice at the UN, and been a pioneer in many aspects of Ufology...

Stanton Friedman takes a clear-cut unambiguous stand that SOME UFOs are alien spacecraft, that the subject of flying saucers represents a Cosmic Watergate, that none of the anti-UFO arguments made by a variety of noisy negativists stand up to careful scrutiny, and that we are dealing with the biggest story of the past millennium: visits to Planet Earth by alien spacecraft and the successful coverup by governments of the best data: alien wreckage and bodies recovered in New Mexico, for 56 years. He has spent many weeks at a total of 20 document archives. Stan has successfully taken on many critics of flying saucers, Roswell, Majestic 12, including winning a debate at Oxford University.

National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP)


(December 15, 2010, update by Francis L. Ridge, NICAP Site Coordinator.):

This day marks the 13th year anniversary of the NICAP web site. In the next week we will present, in time-release fashion, a number of releases and special reports commemorating those years and the plans for the years ahead.

The National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) was formed 54 years ago in 1956 and flourished through about 1970, and, as an organization with field investigators and consultants, declined gradually thereafter. For a more detailed story about NICAP please check Richard Hall. What we have today,  many years later, is the existence of the NICAP web site, a tremendous repository of the evidence collected by NICAP and other sources to continue the goal of public information.


Five years ago, in 2005, delineated the beginning of a major project that to this day probably stands as the most important tool on the NICAP websiteThe UFO Chronologies. And in 2009 we began  the second major project, the new RADCAT, which is the re-issue and processing of all the radar cases in the Blue Book files and elsewhere. I am very pleased to announce the beginning of a new major project, AVCAT (Aviation Catalog), to update directories on old cases and create AVCAT dirs for new ones regarding sightings of UFOs from aircraft.

With the 13th anniversary we are proud to announce the addition of three new books to the online books page.  -

The Fastest Living Thing

on the Planet!

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)

How A Quartz Watch Works Teardown - (3-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Bill Hammack (“The Engineer Guy”) takes apart a quartz watch and shows extreme close-ups of the quartz tuning fork.  He explains how the piezoelectric effect of quartz lies at the heart of the watch's operation.  -



LCD Monitor Teardown - (5 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Bill Hammack (The Engineer Guy”) takes apart an LCD monitor and shows how it works. He explains how it uses liquid crystals, thin film transistors and polarizers to display information. -


Bill HammackThe Engineer Guy - Make called Bill a "brilliant science-and-technology documentarian", whose "videos should be held up as models of how to present complex technical information visually" Wired called them "dazzling."  -


Educational Videos -

When Capitalism is Great and Not-so-great - Understanding when capitalism can potentially undermine innovation, competition and merit - Khan Academy - (14 min. - YouTube audio/video) -

Travis’ Travails:
Passport Problems

Pyramids of the World

George Carlin 

"I gave up on my species"

(4 min. - YouTube audi/video)

Starchild Skull

Lloyd Pye updates

DNA results

(10  min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Pencil

How It's Made

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)


How They’re Made

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Why Right-Wing Fundamentalist Theocrats Are THE Greatest Threat To Democracy!

How the Head of Fox News Is Making Americans More Right-Wing, More Ignorant and Ever More Terrified

Nuclear Physicist
Stanton Friedman's
UFO Revelations

(7-1/4 - YouTube audio/video)

Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg

Mother Nature as Engineer: 9 Design Tricks Borrowed From Biology

The Hutchison Effect:

Objects Levitate

& Metals Mutate

(3-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Does Marijuana Make You Stupid?

Here’s the PROOF that ‘Libertarian’ Ron Paul is nothing more than a perennialstalking horse” Presidential candidate for the ultra-right wing Christian fundamentalist crazies!  In September 2008, Ron Paul endorsed Constitution Party candidate Rev. Chuck Baldwin for President.  (You can read the article about that at this URL: ) The main thrust of the so-called Constitution Party is to replace our Democracy with Theocratic rule based upon “Biblical Law.”  (Also, BE SURE TO READ this article about exactly who is Rev. Chuck Baldwin: )  ---  [And here’s the kicker -- an excerpt from an article which can be found at the following URL.]:  While mainstream media dismiss [Ron] Paul as a quirky, secular libertarian, progressive reporters sometimes express a certain affection for Paul because of his anti-war stance. But Paul's anti-war position stems from his far-right isolationist views, as expressed in such documents as the Institutes of Biblical Law, by Christian Reconstructionist founder Rousas John Rushdoony, and the platform of the Constitution Party, which, despite its secular-sounding name, seeks to implement "God's law" in the United States. (Constitution Party founder Howard Phillips is a follower of the late Rushdoony.)  -

Poop And Paddle
(4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
(8-19-2001 - Science Friday/NPR)

How to Harvest, Process, and Store Vegetable Seeds

Glossary of Indian Nations

State Symbols USA

Aliens: They Come In Peace?

(6 min. video/2011)

MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Inteviews

Physics Prof. Michio Kaku

Guess What? Most "Buttons" You Push Only Exist to Make You Feel Like You Have Control Over Your Life - (August 22, 2011 - by David McRaney - AlterNet) - From fake door close buttons on elevators to non-functioning thermostats, placebo buttons are everywhere, but the cause-and-effect we think we see is made-up by our brains.   -

Tesla Down Under

102 Things NOT To Do If You Hate Taxes

History Lesson: What Some Previous Presidents Thought Of Corporate Power

Fifteen Differences Between Democrats And Republicans

Urine For A Surprise

In '1493,' Columbus Shaped A World To Be - (August 8, 2011 - Fresh Air/NPR) - When Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, his journey prompted the exchange of not only information but also food, animals, insects, plants and viruses between the continents.

"It was a tremendous ecological convulsionthe greatest event in the history of life since the death of the dinosaurs," says [“1493” book author, Charles C.] Mann. "And this underlies a huge amount of history learned in schools: the Industrial Revolution, the Agricultural Revolution, the rise of the West — all of these are tied up in what's been called the 'Columbian exchange.' "

Mann writes about the changed world after Columbus' voyage in 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, a sequel to his 2006 pre-Columbian history, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that almost nothing we consider locally grown was, in fact, native to the Americas.

"There's absolutely nothing in my garden that originated within 1,000 miles of my house," he says. "Tomatoes originated in Mexico. Basil came from Italy. Onions came from Europe. I live in Massachusetts. There's absolutely nothing in there from New England." - [Transcript of interview…]:  -

The Kate Valentine UFO Show

Does Not Compute: 10 PC Myths from Movies and Television

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sleep (But Were Too Afraid To Ask)

12,000 Years Old Unexplained Structure - (8-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Göbekli Tepe, is a hilltop sanctuary erected on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge some 15 km northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa, in southeastern Turkey and 500 miles away from Istanbul, Turkey. It is the most astonishing archaeological discovery in modern times and also thought to be the oldest advanced civilization on Earth.  -

Behind The Scenes
Ask This Old House'
(6 min. - YouTube audio/video)
(“Living St. Louis” - KETC9/PBS)

St. Louis

Automobile History

(10 min. - YouTube audio/video)

(“Living St. Louis” - KETC9/PBS)

TED Talks:

Mike Rowe Celebrates

Dirty Jobs

(Nuts or Knots!)

(20 min. - YouTube audio/video)

TED Talks:

Top Ten Best


(7-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Noodle Doodles:

It All Adds Up

(4-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Mars Anomaly Research

A Yacht, A Mustache: How A President Hid His Tumor

New Hampshire’s Unique UFOFirstsHistory

Near-death experiences may be triggered by serotonin

Two-Fisted Art Attack:

Denny Dent Retrospective

(3-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)




Denny Dent


Jimi Hendrix (#1)

(3 min. - YouTube audio/video)




Denny Dent


Jimi Hendrix (#2)

(11 min. - YouTube audio/video)




John Lennon


by Denny Dent

(11 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Murals of Chillicothe, Missouri

Glore Psychiatric Museum - St. Joseph, Missouri

The Mystery Money Pit of Oak Island

Arnica - Overview: Arnica (Arnica montana) has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s and remains popular today. Applied topically as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture, Europeans and Native Americans have used arnica to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds. It is often the first remedy used for injuries such as sprains and bruises. Arnica in herbal form is primarily restricted to topical (external) use because it can cause serious side effects when taken internally. Arnica is often used in homeopathy, and should be taken internally only in the extremely diluted form common to homeopathic remedies. If you have any question about whether you have the herbal or homeopathic form of arnica, talk to your doctor before taking it.  -

Lifelong musicians 'have better hearing' - (Sept. 13, 2011 - Health/BBC News) - Playing a musical instrument throughout your life protects your hearing in old age, a Canadian study suggests.  -



Crop Circles: The Hidden Truth - (Trailer) - (4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - (w/additional 6-parts Total time: 60 min.) - Richard D. Hall's no nonsense expose of the facts behind the modern day crop circle phenomenon cuts through the pseudo science, the rumours and the disinformation leaving the viewer with a clear picture of the true situation. The film features the most objective British crop circle researchers in the business: David Cayton, Robert Hulse and Roy Dutton. Until now, their work has been kept largely out of the public eye, and is unleashed in this extremely telling and poignant documentary which leaves no stone unturned. The evidence presented will leave you in no doubt that there are two entirely exclusive instigators of the modern day crop circle phenomenon, one of which is non human. The results are chilling and could change your view of the way you see the world's media organisations and the powers that control them.  -

Extraordinary colour photographs reveal 1940s New York City life

What The Gender-Bending Hell Is Going On In Missouri!?! - (Update: Sept. 18, 2011 - Zoo will study connections between animal, human health - St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


Sperm and salamanders: A troubling connection - (Feb. 3, 2008 - by Jeffrey Bonner - ST. LOUIS ZOO)



If you're a young man — say a twentysomething — or you know a young man in that age range, it's a pretty safe bet that he's half the man his grandfather was. That's about how much sperm counts have fallen in industrialized nations over the last 50 years.

When the first definitive study of declining sperm counts was published in the British Medical Journal in 1992, it caused quite a furor. Studies since then have shown that sperm counts are continuing their steady decline, though not at the same rate everywhere. In Minneapolis, for example, the sperm counts are dropping fairly slowly.

But in rural Missouri, they're going down more rapidly.

I find this a little scary. I'm not just worried for my son, a twentysomething who lives in rural Missouri, but also for me. Sperm counts aren't falling because guys are wearing underwear that's too tight or spending too much time in the hot tub, although those two things certainly can cause sperm counts to drop. I'm worried because industrialized nations all over the world are experiencing something that is causing a clear deterioration in our overall health.

The declining sperm counts are just a symptom of a much bigger problem — a problem that affects us if we are male or female, young or old.

In 2003, the authors of a study of Missouri men found a strong link between trace amounts of herbicides in the men's urine and the quality of their semen. The authors concluded that men were exposed to the herbicides through public drinking water.  -

What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth? - (1 min. - YouTube video) - A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earth’s ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.  -

Stickies - An excellent free, Windows-based desktop To-Do List Reminder Notes utility.  You can both read a how-to-use review of Stickies and download it via this PC World magazine URL:

Infinity Imagined: Amazing Hi-Res Photos Of The Earth & The Universe

LG Optimus
Hyper Facade
in Berlin

(7-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Bitter

(1 hr. + 20 min. ­- YouTube audio/video)

Dr. Michio Kaku: "The World in 2030" - (1 hr. + 4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and the Henry Semat Professor at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he has taught for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and earned his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Kaku is one of the founders of string field theory, a field of research within string theory. String theory seeks to provide a unified description for all matter and the fundamental forces of the universe.

His book The Physics of the Impossible addresses how science fiction technology may become possible in the future. His other books include Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension , selected as one of the best science books of 1994 by both the New York Times and The Washington Post, and Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos , a finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

LSD Research

(6 min. - YouTube audio/video)

What Do Steve Jobs' Obituaries Leave Out? His Appreciation for LSD - (October 7, 2011 - By Walter Armstrong - The Fix) - Apple's legendary co-founder Steve Jobs said acid was one of the most important things he did in his life.  -

Top Documentary Films - (Watch Online for Free)

Hemp War Conspiracy - (59-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - This is the film that the United States government does not want you to see. This is the film that contains the facts about one movement... one man... and one miraculous plant that could revolutionize the world. The best-selling book The Emperor Wears No Clothes blew the lid off the anti-hemp conspiracy and explained all there is to know about an easy-to-grow plant with infinite, non-intoxicating uses.  Why is hemp illegal? The information is in this film, and you won't believe it!  -

Hemp for Victory - Entire Film - US Government asks farmers to grow it - (14 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Produced by the US Government in 1942...Interesting to learn that Dupont Chemical funded the anti- hemp / marijuana effort. This is because they had patents on new synthetic fibers and Hemp had a new machine that would put them out of business if hemp were to be used for clothes. Dupont also sold - and still does many of the chemicals to wood pulp producers... so we continue to cut down forests... when Hemp could save millions of trees, be used as an alternative bio fuel and the US could easily grow enough hemp to eliminate the need for oil... so Big oil does not want hemp legal either. Neither do the drug companies... they can't patent it. They would rather keep selling you their drugs. By keeping it illegal the lawyers, courts etc... also make a buck. You can only get high from the female flower - nobody has ever died from smoking a joint. Of course the alcohol and tobacco companies would prefer to keep their monopoly as well. So we have all the BIG Corporate players... against legalizing it. Yet if it were legalized - we would solve many issues and have a multi-billion dollar hemp economy as it can be used for 1000's of products. A few other good films to watch are run from the cure & hemp conspiracy - Google it!  -

Hemp Car


In Canada

(2-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)




Energy Efficient Homes

Made From Hemp

in Ashville, NC

(2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Quantum Levitation

(2 min. - YouTube audio/video)




It’s a Really

BIG Universe!

(2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

2.76 mR/hr
Fukushima Rainfall
 in Saint Louis, Missouri
on 10/17/11

(6-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

TopoQuest - Your ultimate resource for USGS topographic map viewing, and free downloads of USGS DRG (GeoTIFF) digital map files.  If you're into hiking, camping, fishing, prospecting or just a GIS enthusiast, TopoQuest has the USGS topographic maps you need available for online viewing.  -

Charlie Chaplin's
final speech in
The Great Dictator

(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Journal of Scientific Exploration - The Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) is a professional organization of scientists and scholars who study unusual and unexplained phenomena. Subjects often cross mainstream boundaries, such as consciousness, unidentified aerial phenomena, and alternative medicine, yet often have profound implications for human knowledge and technology.

The SSE was founded in 1982 by Dr. Peter A. Sturrock, emeritus professor of applied physics at Stanford University and emeritus director of Stanford’s Center for Space Science and Astrophysics.   The SSE has approximately 800 members in 45 countries worldwide. The SSE publishes a peer-reviewed journal - [Browse the journal’s many UFO-related articles here.]:  -

21°31'03.97" S 41°56'31.80" W  -  MARS TRACK SYSTEM & WATER - Report #208 - (October 2, 2011 - by Joseph P. Skipper - Mars Anomaly Research) - [IMPORTANT NOTEYou can see the "track system" on Mars directly for yourself via a copy-&-paste of the initial coordinates into the Google Mars search bar; then zoom in farther down to the surface of Mars to see the evidence for yourself.  The straight-as-an-arrow tracks extend for a distance of 60 miles on the surface of Mars; each dual-set of tracks are are one-half mile apart from the next set!  Whoever -- OR, whatever -- made those tracks is uknownHOWEVER, they are DEFINITELY NOT the result of a natural geologic process! --- To use Google Mars...simply click on the Saturn-like icon in the top toolbar in Google Earth and then choose the "Mars" option from the resulting drop-down list.  -- Bike Bob-

Paleofuture - A Look Back At The Future

Starlings Flock in motion
 Beautiful dance in the sky

(6 min. - YouTube video)

Better Living Through Science - (Nov. 1, 2011 - Wired Magazine) - Wired's Lab-Tested, Muppet-Vetted Formulas for Smartifying Your Life  -

Block scripts in Firefox
The NoScript add-on
will give you
some extra control
and protection against
malicious scripts
and ads.

(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)


The Greatest Addiction


(4-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)




Daylight Saving Time

(6-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Google’s Ngram Viewer

Amusement Park Ride From the Future


Restroom of the Future

Creating Tiny Libraries Everywhere

BigDog Evolution
(2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Occupy Wall Street
TV Commercial

(30 seconds - YouTube audio/video)

Drivelapse USA
Roadtrip Timelapse
Around America

(5-1/4 min. YouTube audio/video)

Motorcycle Powered by Sewage, Has Toilet for Seat

Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey

Mammoth (and Mysterious) Structures Found in China’s Desert

John Lennon

1969 Interview

I Met the Walrus

(5-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Strange Ancient skulls

of Aliens or Humans

(most coneheads)

(4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

5 Ridiculous Myths People Use to Trash Local Food -- And Why They're Wrong




Beware of These Organic Brands

Spooky Action at a Distance

Time Lapse

from Space


(5 min. - video)

Octopus Walks on Land!
(3-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Gainesville, FL goes's a big deal!

Public bathrooms house thousands of kinds of bacteria

World's Most Dangerous

Roller Coaster

(4 min. - YouTube video)

Exponentially The Most IMPORTANT Video You'll Ever See!

Historic and Contemporary
Pre-Fab Homes

Living St. Louis
(7-1/2 min. - video)

The NOAA Photo Library - Captures the work, observations, and studies that are carried on by the scientists, engineers, commissioned officers, and administrative personnel that make up this complex and scientifically diverse agency. It also has been built in an attempt to capture NOAA's scientific heritage, which is in fact a heritage shared by much of the physical and environmental science communities in the United States today. To date, over 32,000 images have been digitized and reside in the online NOAA Photo Library. This number will continue growing as long as there are environmental problems to study and solve, as long as the citizens of the United States are threatened by violent weather, as long as mariners need nautical charts, and as long as creatures of the sea need our protection to survive. Until then, you are invited to join NOAA in this photographic essay that spans the World's oceans and atmosphere, carries you from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the sea, and travels through centuries of scientific thought and observations.  -

'Jetman' soars over Alps
(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Cognitive Benefits Of Chewing Gum

Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Traffic Deaths, Preliminary Research Suggests - ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2011) — A groundbreaking new study shows that laws legalizing medical marijuana have resulted in a nearly nine percent drop in traffic deaths and a five percent reduction in beer sales.

"Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults," said Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver who co-authored the study with D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University.

The researchers collected data from a variety of sources including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

The study is the first to examine the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and traffic deaths.

"We were astounded by how little is known about the effects of legalizing medical marijuana," Rees said. "We looked into traffic fatalities because there is good data, and the data allow us to test whether alcohol was a factor." -

Libertarianism’s Wilder Missouri Roots

Wallmart’s Greenwash

Shoot Stunning Night Photos Like a Pro

Twitter’s Fame Machine: Confessions of a Celebrity Ghost Tweeter

The Beauty and Brains Behind ‘Hedy’s Folly’ - (23-1/2 min. - audio) - (December 2nd, 2011- Science Friday/NPR) - In a new book, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Richard Rhodes tells the behind-the-scenes story of movie star--and inventor-- Hedy Lamarr, "the most beautiful woman in the world." Lamarr invented "frequency hopping," a concept that’s still used in today’s wireless technology.  -

Overdue Notice: Defend Our Libraries - (November, 2011 - by Antonino D’Ambrosio - The Progressive) - The public library is a wholly American invention advocating self-determination. While Europeans established subscription libraries a century before the formation of the United States, the people of Peterborough, New Hampshire, established the first public library in April 1833 (the Boston Public Library, America’s first large public library, was not legally established until 1852). Everyone had access to the town’s collective knowledge, regardless of income. The only requirement: Return the materials in good condition and on time so that others may benefit. Since then, the library has become a key pillar in a free people’s participation in democracy.

“I like to refer to public libraries as the most democratic of the institutions government has created,” says Molly Raphael, the president of the American Library Association. In fact, Benjamin Franklin, considered the father of libraries, saw them as “social libraries” where all people were free to participate and share.

Yet today, in the wake of an inexhaustible economic crisis and the reactionary assault on everything public, the public library is under attack.

Local governments across the United States—from New York City to Detroit, and from Denver to Seattle—are slashing library budgets and closing libraries. This threatens to wall off knowledge, restrict access to the Internet, and shutter a valuable communal meeting place. This year, nineteen states are cutting some funding for public libraries, many by more than 10 percent. New York City, which boasts one of the most extensive public library systems in the country, recently closed fourteen branches, and 300 people lost their jobs.

These cuts will disproportionately punish poor and working class people.

The public library represents the most powerful and cost-effective wealth-transfer mechanism ever invented,” writes T. J. Stiles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. “As generations have learned, the aisle between the shelves is a corridor out of poverty, a bypass around inadequate schools, an expressway that adds momentum to even a first-rate education.”

In this age of the Internet and social media, some question the relevance of libraries, even declaring them obsolete. In reality, they are more important than ever.

Libraries, especially for working people, remain intellectual and cultural lifelines,” says musician and educator Martin Perna. “Given the vast discrepancies in net access for poor, rural, and working class communities of color, libraries now serve as primary points for youth to use the Internet with a broadband connection on something other than a tiny phone screen.”

Raphael adds, “Sixty-five percent of public libraries report that they are the only place in the community where there is free access to the Internet.”

This service becomes even more vital during an economic downturn. Many job applications are available only online. Raphael cites what is a now a common example: Someone is directed to the library to use the computers to search and apply for work; the person has never used a computer before, but with the library staff’s help, the person applies for a job and gets it.  -

Scientific UFO Evidence in Norway - (6 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Hessdalen, Norway has had a UFO Observatory since 1988.

The 'Fully Automatic UFO Observatory' records UFO activity 24-7 from the early 80s: A government funded and public UFO research project done by scientists and students. They also caught "UFO"s on video.

They say they don't know what they are, but they can say it's here and real.

Wind Walkers - Animaris Gubernare - (1 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Theo Jansen is an artist, kinetic sculptor, and eccentric. For over twenty years he has been creating wind-propelled beachanimals that roam the beaches of his native Holland. In this time his creations have evolved to such an extent that some are able to detect obstacles and change course, while others can anchor themselves when they sense a storm approaching. The most sophisticated and intricate of these creatures even have “stomachs” that can store air under pressure and use it to propel themselves in the absence of wind. According to his website, Theo eventually wants to ‘put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.’  -

Theo Jansen's

(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Will You Live Forever by Uploading Your Brain into a Computer?

Card Trick

(1-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
The amazing Dave Cremin
performs an impossible card trick
in Times Square.

Keep Pressing the White House For Answers Through 'We The People' Petitions

Yes, Fracking Disposal Wells Can Cause Earthquakes

The Bed Bug Registry - A free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the United States and Canada. Founded in 2006, the site has collected about 20,000 reports covering 12,000 locations.

The Bed Bug Registry exists to give travelers and renters a reliable and neutral platform for reporting their encounters with bed bugs. Though most Americans have still never come across one, these retro pests are spreading extremely quickly across American and Canadian cities.

Bed bugs are easy to transport in luggage and very hard to get rid of. For this reason they have become an especial nuisance for hotels, dorms, hospitals, movie theaters, libraries, and other public spaces. You can't tell whether a building or hotel room has them based on cleanliness - the bugs can thrive anywhere there are cracks and crevices to hide in.

Until a reliable, safe pesticide becomes available, avoiding bed bug encounters will be the only reliable way to ensure they don't spread into your own home.  -

Drive-in cinemas: Will they survive the digital age?

Earliest human bedding didn't let the bedbugs bite

Snowflakes as you've never seen them before

Seattle Police Chief Says Legalize Drugs - (5-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Retired Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper thinks we should legalize drugs after what he witnessed fighting on the front lines of the "war on drugs." Norm is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which any citizen can join at  -
  - Helps connect you to data that's stored offline by state and local government agencies…(and) makes it easy for you to find, request and share information about these hundreds of offline data sets. --- is an independent and non-partisan resource for citizens, journalists, information professionals, researchers, librarians, businesses, entrepreneurs and web developers. --- is a project of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia.

Even on Two Wheels, the Thrustcycle Will Never Tip Over

How Doctors Die - (November 30, 2011 - by Ken Murray - ThePublicSquare) - It’s Not Like the Rest of Us, But It Should Be

It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death themselves. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care they could want. But they go gently.

Of course, doctors don’t want to die; they want to live. But they know enough about modern medicine to know its limits. And they know enough about death to know what all people fear most: dying in pain, and dying alone. They’ve talked about this with their families. They want to be sure, when the time comes, that no heroic measures will happen—that they will never experience, during their last moments on earth, someone breaking their ribs in an attempt to resuscitate them with CPR (that’s what happens if CPR is done right).

…. Some medical personnel wear medallions stamped “NO CODE” to tell physicians not to perform CPR on them. I have even seen it as a tattoo.  -

SpidersHundreds of Fine Hairs Are Hundreds of Ears




How Does the Brain Perceive Art?

UFO navigates Kansas streets?
(1-1/2 min. - video)

It’s Not a UFO, Just a Killer Drone for an Aircraft Carrier - (December 21, 2011 - by Spencer Ackerman - Wired) - Note to the Navy: When trucking a giant flying robot with a rounded fuselage across the country, people are going to think they’re looking at an artifact from Area 51.

As the local news coverage above shows, residents of Cowley County, Kansas, were freaked out to see a truck rumbling down U.S. 77 towing what looks a whole lot like a 32-foot spaceship. “People were calling in saying, ‘Oh they think they found a flying saucer,’” Donetta Godsey of the Winfield Daily Courier told the ABC News affiliate.

Alas, the cargo wasn’t anything otherworldly. Just a trussed-up, wingless version of the Navy’s futuristic killer drone, the X-47B, which the Navy hopes will one day be the world’s first robot capable of landing on an aircraft carrier. For the past few days, it’s hitched a rather terrestrial ride from California’s Edwards Air Force Base to Patuxent River, Maryland.

“Oh, you mean the UFO?” Brooks McKinney, a spokesman for X-47B manufacturer Northrop Grumman, told Danger Room.

McKinney’s both embarrassed and amused by the UFO confusion. “They effectively shrink-wrapped the rest of the fuselage after taking the wings off the drone for the cross-country trek,” he said. “Because it was 32 feet wide, it could only travel certain hours of the day because we blocked off the road. That led to lots of weird stories, like we had abandoned [the X-47B] on the side of the road.”

The X-47B arrived safely at Pax River, the Navy’s big aviation testbed, on Tuesday. There, it’ll undergo tests to ensure it can perform its signature intended maneuver: taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier — and with those complex maneuvers eventually directed by a mere mouse click.  -

Driverless car: Google awarded US patent for technology

Cotton Fabric Cleans Itself When Exposed to Ordinary Sunlight - ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2011) — Imagine jeans, sweats or socks that clean and de-odorize themselves when hung on a clothesline in the sun or draped on a balcony railing. Scientists are reporting development of a new cotton fabric that does clean itself of stains and bacteria when exposed to ordinary sunlight. Their report appears in the ACS' journal Applied Materials & Interfaces.  -

Bike Transforms From Tall Bike to Low-Rider - (December 19, 2011 - by Charlie Sorrel - Wired) - If you ever watched Wacky Races (or almost any other cartoon), you’ll be familiar with cars whose wheels extend on stalks so they can drive over the top of traffic and other pesky obstacles. What you have probably never seen is a vehicle doing this in real life. Get ready to be amazed:  -

Ny Times Op-Ed: To End Ridiculous Pot Arrests, Jurors Should Refuse to Convict Marijuana Arrestees (And Can Do So Legally) - (December 21, 2011 - by Kristen Gwynne - AlterNet) - Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor and law professor at George Washington University, has an idea to help everyday Americans stand-up against the harsh marijuana laws most of them do not support: "If you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote 'not guilty' — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adults,"  he wrote Monday in an op-ed for the New York Times.  The tactic is called "jury nullification," and it is perfectly legal. "As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if you exercise it, you become part of a proud tradition of American jurors who helped make our laws fairer," Butler said.  -



Parrot AR.Drone


(2-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)




Walt Disney UFO Documentary: Full Uncut Version - (43-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Rare Disney UFO documentary, this documentary was only broadcast once in five US states, then it was shelved and never broadcast again. This version is the complete uncut feature, recorded to VHS video when it was first broadcast on celestial tv.  -

Bracelet reveals amazing craftsman's skill from 7500BC (so good it couldn't be bettered today) -  (December 23, 2011 - by Ted Thornhill - The Daily Mail/UK) - A 9,500-year-old bracelet has been analysed using the very latest computers – and the results show that it is so intricate even today’s craftsmen would struggle to improve it.

Researchers from the Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennes in Istanbul and Laboratoire de Tribologie et de Dynamiques des Systèmes studied the bracelet’s surface and its micro-topographic features revealing the astounding technical expertise of the maker.

The bracelet is obsidian – which means it’s made from volcanic glass – and the researchers analysis of it sheds new light on Neolithic societies, which remain highly mysterious.

Discovered in 1995 at the site of Asıklı Höyük in Turkey, it was analysed by software designed to characterise the 'orange peel effect' on car bodywork.

This process revealed that the bracelet – 10cm in diameter - was made and polished using highly specialised manufacturing techniques.

In fact, the surface was polished to a degree equal to that of today’s telescope lenses.  -

Jury Refuses
to Convict Anyone
 for Marijuana Possession!

(3-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)

Major General Smedley D. Butler: "War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."  -

Unusual Guitars

(1-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)




John Taylor:

World's Fastest

Guitar Player

(14 min. - YouTube audio/video)

The Music of Occupy Wall Street

What You Didn't Know About the South: Surprises from a White Southerner

ParanormalPhotography Goes Digital

Food safety tips

for the fridge

(2-3/4 min. - video)

The Dust Library - (January 3, 2012 - by Kate Douglas - New Scientist) - So what can this unusual library tell us? First, there is the simple parts list. The most common component was organic material, present in 40 of the 63 particles - exactly what is unclear, but it could be anything from pollen to sloughed-off bits of researcher. Quartz, found in 34 particles, came next, followed by carbonates (17 particles) and gypsum (14). "The minerals blow in," says Coe. "They come from all over the world." Other ingredients included air pollutants and fertiliser chemicals.

Anyone counting will also have noticed that there are already more components than particles. That is because most specks of dust are conglomerates, which means they may take an infinite variety of forms, much like snowflakes.  -


End of the Rail and Start of the Mail

The first trip of the Butterfield Overland Mail originated in Tipton [Missouri] on September 16, 1858, from what is now the corner of Moniteau Street and Osage Avenue in downtown Tipton, Missouri. In early 1857, the Post Office Department had put up for bids a contract which called for an overland mail route to California which would not exceed a time of 25 days and would run twice a week. John Butterfield was awarded the contract for $600,000. By September, 1858, he had 250 coaches, 1,800 of the best horses and mules, and 1,200 skilled superintendents, road bosses, drivers, guards, conductors, keepers, blacksmiths, harness makers, hostlers and clerks. Each driver had a 60-mile route, and armed conductors had 120-mile routes. The conductors had absolute charge of passengers and mail, and guarded them with their lives. Passenger fare from St. Louis to San Francisco was $200, and 15 cents a mile for shorter distances. The last trip from Tipton was made on March 21, 1861. Attacks by Indians forced the closing of the Gila Trail. Other trails were now in operation and the railroad lines had been extended beyond Tipton. A roadside marker commemorates Tipton as the first eastern stagecoach terminus of the Butterfield Overland Mail. It is located on Highway 50 west of the intersection of Highways 5 and 50. -

The lost city of Cahokia: Archaeologists uncover Native Americans' sprawling metropolis under St. Louis - [with photos] - (January 4, 2012 - by Daily Mail Reporter - Daily Mail/UK) -

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