Thursday 28th of July 2016

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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2016-07-28 18:23

Being deluded is the main activity of humans. Despite years of scientific research and clear data, humans prefer to believe easy crap because it's easy to believe crap. The reality is often too difficult to comprehend. We invent irrational rationales that do nothing but elegantly compose an elegant delusion. Hence people will believe in Noah's ark, despite the story not making any sense whatsoever. 

Surveys in 2000 indicated that 52 per cent of Americans believed that humans and dinosaurs coexisted. This figure has not changed much. So how come people believe this, considering "modern" human go back about 500,000 years, while civilised humans go back 100,000 years and this present human "civilisation", excluding Oceania/Australia, is about 10,000 years old? 

There are various dynamics that make us forget that Dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago. The first delusion comes from religion, especially creationism. The religious delusion is not so much about god but about our individual death. We can't die and vanish forever, can we? Yes we can. So some magic books have been written by professional liars to make sure we conform to the group belief in eternity. The group lies to itself and created rituals around this and other delusions. 

One of these delusions come from our childish marvel about these big beast and we are prepared to believe that they still exist. 

They don't.

We need to be less mesmerised by delusions and indulge in scientific facts to understand the reality of this little planet.

Climate change is another area of delusion. Global warming is real and anthropogenic. But our media and too many of our technologists still fight the reality, this time for profit.  

We deserve better than this.

the need...

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2016-07-28 17:39

Not since the days of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of the modern Turkish Republic, has any figure dominated the country for as long Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The president's grip on power was seriously challenged by an attempted coup on 15 July. Yet he was back less than 12 hours later, some say in an even stronger position than before. And he had out-manoeuvred the plotters.

To his supporters he has brought Turkey years of economic growth, but to his critics he is an autocratic leader intolerant of dissent who harshly silences anyone who opposes him.

And dissenters range from a 16-year-old arrested for insulting the president to a former Miss Turkey who got into trouble for sharing a poem critical of the Turkish president.

The failed coup claimed at least 240 lives and, according to his officials, also came close to killing Mr Erdogan, who had been staying at the Aegean holiday resort of Marmaris.

Within hours, he appeared on national TV and rallied supporters in Istanbul, declaring he was the "chief commander". But the strain on the president was clear, when he sobbed openly while giving a speech at the funeral of a close friend, shot with his son by soldiers during the attempted coup.

Presidential ambitions

Mr Erdogan, 62, came to power in 2002, a year after the formation of the AK Party (AKP). He spent 11 years as Turkey's prime minister before becoming the country's first directly-elected president in August 2014 - a supposedly ceremonial role.

He is known to harbour ambitions of creating an executive presidency, to regain some of the powers he relinquished when his tenure as prime minister ended in 2014.

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2016-07-28 12:56

We are witnessing a presidential election of epic farce.  The Republican Party nominates the caricature of a tinpot dictator.  The Democratic National Committee is a caricature too, of comic opera: exposed in collusion with a favored candidate it anoints a felon, shown to be such but unindicted.

We are witnessing the collapse of democratic presidential politics.  It is a derelict process, complex, absurdly long, insanely expensive, tedious, inconsistent and now chaotic. 

Professional football is a public extravaganza, its six-month season culminating in the tangible climax of the Superbowl.  It is dwarfed in spectacle however by the same suspense and dramatic finale of presidential politics—which also displays a sports-fan mentality but lasts three times as long.  The Republican fans and the Democratic fans hold one another in mutual contempt, their shared citizenship and sense of community overcome by righteous dedication to their cherished teams. 

Civil discourse is impossible between the parties, and within them as well.  Trump fans clash violently with Cruz fans, Clinton fans disdain Sanders fans with vehemence.  Reasoned discussion and debate are no more likely than what you'd see at a soccer riot.

No one benefits from the epic farce except the nation's advertising agencies and the mass media, reaping billions in creating and disseminating episode-response campaign advertisements, their span of relevance measured in hours.  Everyone else suffers: the potential candidates tasked with raising and spending the billions and the general public made to endure a year and a half of inane spectacle.

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Uncle Rupe loves it...

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2016-07-28 12:32

In an exclusive interview with Mother Jones, Nina Turner, a prominent Bernie Sanders delegate and surrogate, explained why she was at the center of the latest storm at the Democratic convention.

For the past day, Sanders delegates have been complaining that Turner, a former Ohio state senator, was somehow dissed by the Hillary Clinton campaign. At first, the talk was that her credentials were revoked and that she was booted out of the proceedings. Throughout Wednesday, Sanders delegates trotted about Philadelphia holding "I'm with Nina" signs. It was unclear what had transpired. But many Sanders delegates cited this episode as yet another indication that the Democratic establishment was trying to smother the Sanders revolution.

At an early evening press conference at the Wells Fargo Center, champions of Turner gathered to express their support for her and display their anger with the Clinton campaign. This group included actors Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon, and Rosario Dawson. They repeatedly asserted that the Clinton camp had insulted Turner and that this was yet another slight of the entire Sanders movement. Once again, they declared, the Clinton crowd was dismissing the Sanders wing and not doing what they could to achieve unity. There was much anger and passion, as these Turner supporters pointed to the Turner business as symbolic of the Democratic elite's effort to stifle the progressives.

Reporters asked over and over for details of what had actually happened with Turner, and her high-profile allies declined to provide any specifics. They continued to assert that Turner was disrespected and that was a blow to all the Sanders delegates.

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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2016-07-28 09:32


by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2016-07-28 08:10


Malcolm Turnbull's new Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has welcomed a declining role for coal in Australia's future energy mix, talked up reliable green energy, and locked in the current 23.5 per cent renewable energy target by 2020, in a marked change from the avowedly pro-coal rhetoric of the Abbott government.

A $650 million wind farm near Dundonnell has been approved and will be Victoria's largest, with 96 turbines.

And he has stated that recent price spikes in South Australia – where energies such as wind and solar power make up 40 per cent plus of supply, and Tasmania where the figure is above to 90 per cent - were not solely the fault of high renewable energy dependencies but to a "complex of factors" including the failure of other energy distribution infrastructure such as Basslink, as well as the effects of drought, a cold snap, and high gas prices arising from inadequate supplies and suppliers.

This, he said, could be addressed in part by lifting "blanket moratoria" on new gas extraction as applied currently in Victoria and "parts of" New South Wales, and through technological advances in battery storage, which were coming onstream.

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What Josh did not mention is the proportion of CSG exported cheaply overseas, while the locals pay through the nose.

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2016-07-28 07:58


Republican Donald Trump has appealed to Russia to uncover and release thousands of emails Hillary Clinton did not hand over to United States officials who investigated her use of a private email system when she was secretary of state.

Key points:

  • Clinton camp says Trump encouraging foreign power to conduct espionage
  • Trump calls on Russia to find 30,000 missing Clinton emails
  • Mike Pence warns of consequences if Moscow behind hack

Mrs Clinton, a Democrat who faces Mr Trump in the November 8 White House election, responded with a campaign statement accusing him of posing a possible national security threat by urging Russia to commit espionage and influence the vote.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Mr Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, told reporters.

Mrs Clinton has said the emails she did not turn over were private.

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Meanwhile Clinton's trade flip-flop:


One thing is for sure: as Kevin Kearns has pointed out, she seems never to have investigated the counterarguments to free-trade ideology. Kearns, who heads the U.S. Business and Industry Council, an association of domestic manufacturers, has noted:

"For all her alleged smarts and homework, nothing Hillary Clinton has said or done demonstrates that she understands that free-trade theory is based on a model with a highly flawed set of assumptions (full employment, no exchange rate cheating, no cross border investment flows, and so on). She seems unaware that in practice, not only does the theory not work as advertised, but that it inexorably undermines the U.S. industrial base, with all that that means for American jobs and wages."

Which is the real Clinton, the trade supporter or skeptic? Either way, the problem is that her trade record feeds one of the most damaging of the public’s negative perceptions of her: she is not trustworthy. Notwithstanding her claims to the contrary, she seems to have no enduring values and, lacking an eye on the long term, constantly allows short-term expedience to dictate her actions.


But feminism should be applauded. We had our own dose of bad will a few years ago. So congratulation to Ms Clinton for breaking the "glass ceiling"...

At the Republican Convention last week, attendees had the chance to wear their sexist derision for Hillary Clinton with pride. Just outside, hawkers sold T-shirts emblazoned with "Trump vs Tramp", bumper stickers proclaiming "Life's a bitch, don't vote for one," and the badges printed with "KFC Hillary Special: 2 fat thighs, 2 small breasts, one left wing".

If that last one sounds familiar, it should. Almost exactly the same "joke" was made at the expense of Australia's first female prime minister in a menu at a fundraiser for Liberal MP Mal Brough: "Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail - Small Breasts, Huge Thighs & A Big Red Box".

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This is not on. 




by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2016-07-28 07:48


In a move presaged by classic science fiction, the Pentagon is developing a neural interface that it hopes will improve US troop capabilities.

The idea that a wearable machine can enhance physical function is increasingly commonplace. While electric abdominal belts advertised on late night infomercials may not be the best way to get a six-pack, high-tech wearable exoskeletons are routinely making the news.

According to US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the Pentagon is developing the equivalent of an external skeleton for the mind. A headset developed by Halo Neuroscience promises "enhanced human operations" by using "non-invasive electrical stimulation" to improve human learning skills.

The headset was funded by the Defense Innovation Unit (Experimental) [DIUx], an initiative spearheaded by Carter, to improve cooperation between the Pentagon and the Silicon Valley braintrust.

Carter spoke in Boston last week during the opening of the first DIUx branch on the East Coast, and introduced high-profile members of the project’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board. These include astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The project is under the control of Rajiv Shah, a former senior director of strategy at Palo Alto Networks.

Let it be said here that Gus Leonisky has been working on such a device for years. He has devised a special wig that makes him look like Fryderyk Chopin, but has hidden electrodes prodding his brain to make him play the piano like Frederic Chopin.

The concept is simple: The human brain is somewhat resistant to learning (unless one is very young but even them some input are rejected) because it needs to protect itself against false information and also it needs to dismantle and discards some habits in order to learn new things which would be contrary to "beliefs" — or demand a huge investment in memorising. The electrodes are designed to prod the brain "censorship" of input/output and remove inhibitors of action. 

This is not a new idea. This technique is used by repeat of information by brainwashing (used efficiently in terrorism) but it's time consuming and demands dedication. Here with the Electrowig, the process of learning and outputting is instant. No time to "think". Performance is brilliantly executed.

Remove the wig and no skills lingering whatsoever.


by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2016-07-27 15:55

Hillary Clinton officially nominated, Bill Clinton praises wife as a 'natural leader'

Hillary Clinton's husband and former president Bill Clinton calls his wife, the Democratic nominee, "the best darn change-maker I have ever known" on the day she is officially nominated by the Democrats for US presidency.

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2016-07-27 13:19


Perhaps the last place you’d expect to find John Stubbs or Ricardo Reyes, two former George W. Bush administration officials and ardent Republicans who retired from politics years ago, is at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

And yet here they are, posted up in a rented house in downtown Philadelphia, tirelessly promoting their grassroots organization, R4C16, which they launched last month with a singular goal in mind: to get their fellow Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November.

“If you’d told me five years ago this is where I’d be today…” said Reyes, breaking into a laugh. He glanced at across the kitchen table at Stubbs, who shrugged ruefully.

“Look, if the Republicans had nominated anyone else, we’d be voting for them,” Stubbs said.

In an interview Tuesday, both men appeared to struggle, almost physically, to describe their reasons for disliking Republican nominee Donald Trump, eventually arriving at a one-two punch. Trump, they said, is dangerous, not only to the free-market values of traditional Republicanism, but also to the security and integrity of the United States.

And the only reasonable alternative, they went on, is Hillary Clinton.

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Uncle Rupe will work during his holidays to make sure this does not happen... I believe he has a few more ammos in his media bag... We shall see.


Interestingly, Bill Kristol, this NEOCON par excellence and Uncle Rupe's protegé (See is batting against Trump, BECAUSE TRUMP DOES NOT WANT WAR. Here we could see this as a means to promote Trump in a devious anti-Trump campaign while the thrust of his boss (Rupert) is pooshing hard to get trump elected. I say pooshing because the actions here are quite bold but restrained yet.