Post by Sandrine Ceurstemont, editor, New Scientist TV
Impossible objects, like those drawn by artist M. C. Escher, don’t seem like they could exist in the real world. But Kokichi Sugihara from Meiji University in Kawasaki, Japan, is well known for building 3D versions of these structures.
Now a new video shows his latest construction: a gravity-defying roof that seems to attract and balance balls on its edge. When the house is rotated, its true form is revealed.
Related: Kokichi Sugihara at Meiji University in Kawasaki, Japan, has… (thekidshouldseethis.com)
Greetings, sir or madam,
Your current station in life has attracted the attention of the omnipotent rulers of the universe, us, the Illuminati. We would hereby like to invite you to join our order of infinite power. However, while we are inviting you, please realize turning down the “offer” is not possible. If you don’t join you will be sent to another dimension. A dimension where we have even more power and our invitations are even more threatening. We can do that.
You have undoubtedly heard whispers of our existence and deeds, but let us now reveal the true scope of our society. Every government power but one is under our command, and the one that isn’t is because we don’t want it. It can keep its banks, watches, and neutrality. We already have Switzerland.
The global economy is our plaything. Sometimes we flip a coin to determine whether or not coins should still have value. So far the world hasn’t had to deal with worthless coins, but statistically it’s only a matter of time before the arcade industry plummets. For you see, we can make any industry crumble at any given moment. You remember Beanie Babies, I’m sure. Due to us, they didn’t grow into Beanie Adults.
Movies, books, music, television, Music Television. No form of entertainment goes out to the unenlightened (we call them the IllumiNOTi, but it really only works in print since it sounds exactly the same as the Illuminati, so don’t say it out loud because we’ll know if you do) without first passing by our very elaborate desks. Subliminal messages are placed in each form of media so our rule is cleverly obscured from the public. Sure, a few conspiracy theories leak out, but who do you think leaks those theories? Hmmmm?
Really, who do you think leaks those theories? Because it’s not us, and it could threaten our existence. If we wanted it to, that is.
As a member of the Illuminati, we will use you as a vessel to do our bidding, but the benefits are well worth the extreme manipulation. With the attached membership card and mini keychain version you now possess the right to:
- Walk onto any crime scene for any reason.
- Skip lines at participating theme parks.
- Give people jury duty.
- Visit Switzerland.
- Rename a star in most galaxies.
- Remove one word from the dictionary.
- Pass Go and collect $200, even if a card says not to.
- Void past promises.
- Be excluded from the laws of physics for a weekend (must request in advance).
- Plus several others!
To acknowledge your acceptance of our mandatory invitation, please construct a rather large, rather golden pyramid on your front yard by tomorrow. If not constructed by tomorrow, we shall construct it for you, but we’d rather not have to do that. That’s time we could be spending on rigging middle school elections.
Be aware that if you attempt to show this letter to a member of the IllumiNOTi, its true message will be hidden. Instead it will appear to them as an invitation to your band’s next show at a local bar. Good luck then explaining to them how you don’t actually have a band and won’t be playing that night. So you see, you have no choice but to join.
We welcome you to the Illuminati and can’t wait to see you on a crime scene in the near future!
Video via iLLumiNuTTi.com:
Between 1799 to 1892, families across New England dug up the corpses of their children, parents and siblings, desecrating the bodies in an effort to prevent them from rising from the grave.
Whistleblowers are a controversial — and, some would argue, crucial — part of the modern world. Watch the first installment of this three-part series to learn more about the history and future of whistleblowing.
Whistleblowers: Part 1 via Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know
Whistleblowers: Part 2 via Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know
Whistleblowers: Part 3 via Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know
- Major reform to be launched in Britain to protect whistleblowers (voiceofrussia.com)
- Additional NSA Whistleblowers Said To Be Emerging (rinf.com)
- Call for better protection for whistleblowers (telegraph.co.uk)
Yesterday one of the world’s most famous fake psychics (I know, that’s redundant) died.
Now being a skeptic and someone whom believes that all psychics are frauds (apart form those that are mentally ill and really do believe that they have psychic powers) many people might assume that I am rejoicing, and perhaps even celebrating her death (especially those who believe that people can have psychic powers, or just people who don’t like skeptics).
To be quiet honest I’m not sure how I should feel about her death, because there are just so many feelings I have about it that I can’t seem to focus on one to just go with.
On the one hand I am sort of glad that she’s gone because now she can no longer hurt people and mess with their emotions with her stage magician like “readings” while at the same time exploiting those people for fame and money.
On the other hand I’m also a bit angry, not only because of her exploitation that she basically got away with up until she died, but also because she would never would come clean about being a fake, despite the numerous failed readings and predictions she has had. Now that she’s dead, she never will.
Yet on the other hand I also feel a tad bit sad for her . . .
- Sylvia Browne’s Death (illuminutti.com)
- ‘Psychic’ Sylvia Browne is Dead (patheos.com)
- Psychic Sylvia Browne has died, son tells @TMZ; she was 77 (tmz.com)
- Author, TV psychic Sylvia Browne dies at 77 (globalnews.ca)
- Sylvia Browne, World Famous Psychic, Dies At 77 (hollywoodlife.com)
- Sylvia Browne dead: World famous psychic dead at 77 (myfox8.com)
- “Psychic” Sylvia Browne Dead at 77 (disinfo.com)
- Sylvia Browne “Psychic” Dies at age 77 (guardianlv.com)
- Psychic Sylvia Browne Dead (4umf.com)
- Sylvia Browne Blows Another Psychic Prediction (sandwalk.blogspot.com)
I am very fascinated by mysterious medical conditions – especially conditions affecting the mind and perception. I’ve never heard of the condition explored in the following article from New Scientist. Fascinating stuff.
“I told my daughter her living room TV was out of sync. Then I noticed the kitchen telly was also dubbed badly. Suddenly I noticed that her voice was out of sync too. It wasn’t the TV, it was me.”
Ever watched an old movie, only for the sound to go out of sync with the action? Now imagine every voice you hear sounds similarly off-kilter – even your own. That’s the world PH lives in. Soon after surgery for a heart problem, he began to notice that something wasn’t quite right.
“I was staying with my daughter and they like to have the television on in their house. I turned to my daughter and said ‘you ought to get a decent telly, one where the sound and programme are synchronised’. I gave a little chuckle. But they said ‘there’s nothing wrong with the TV’.”
Puzzled, he went to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. “They’ve got another telly up on the wall and it was the same. I went into the lounge and I said to her ‘hey you’ve got two TVs that need sorting!’.”
That was when he started to notice that his daughter’s speech was out of time with her lip movements too. “It wasn’t the TV, it was me. It was happening in real life.”
PH is the first confirmed case of someone who hears people speak before registering the movement of their lips. His situation is giving unique insights into how our brains unify what we hear and see.
It’s unclear why PH’s problem started when it did – but it may have had something to do with having acute pericarditis, inflammation of the sac around the heart, or the surgery he had to treat it.
Brain scans after the timing problems appeared showed two lesions in areas thought to play a role in hearing, timing and movement. “Where these came from is anyone’s guess,” says PH. “They may have been there all my life or as a result of being in intensive care.”
- Mindscapes: First man to hear people before they speak (newscientist.com)
- Mindscapes: First interview with a dead man (newscientist.com)
- Mindscapes: The man who needs to paralyse himself (newscientist.com)
As i travel the dark corridors of the conspiratorial world i have found HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) to be one of the most often cited causes of everything not understood. Was there an earthquake? Blame HAARP! What about that hurricane? Blame HAARP! Is your neighbor acting weird? HAARP is controlling his mind!!!
From the Alaska Dispatch (September 20, 2011):
Could HAARP antennas be generating earthquakes? Eric Dubay, a conspiracy blogger and American ex-pat that lives in Thailand, is part of the crowd that believes the U.S. used HAARP to cause the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern Japan in March 2011, leading to the devastating Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear meltdown.
The gist of the argument from Dubay and others is that waves generated by HAARP antennas are focused on a specific part of the ionosphere with enough force to make the entire thing buckle into space; the ionosphere snaps back toward the ground with enough precision to cause a massive earthquake that devastates a strategic target that furthers American economic and defense interests.
Others claim the U.S., for bizarre reasons mostly unsubstantiated, caused the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The best guess anyone has come up with is that Haiti was the perfect place for a test run of sorts, which is among 13 reasons included in a post on Godlike Productions that argues the U.S. should be suspected for causing the quake in Port au Prince. A column by another conspiracy theorist on UFO-Blogger.com goes a step further in trying to predict what will be hit next: “Most likely the next target will be the New Madrid fault line in the South- Midwestern United States.”
Kansans can rest easy, though: Pervez Hoodbhoy, a Pakistani nuclear physicist, tears the earthquake theory to shreds in response to an Islamist group that blamed HAARP for devastating floods in Punjab.
There’s a storied tradition of blaming devastating hurricanes on HAARP. That trend hit a fever pitch in 2005: first it was Katrina, then Rita, then Wilma.
[ . . . ]
“This is absolute hogwash,” Stanford professor Umran Inan told Popular Science. “There’s absolutely nothing we can do to disturb the earth’s [weather] systems. Even though the power HAARP radiates is very large, it’s miniscule compared with the power of a lightning flash — and there are 50 to 100 lightning flashes every second. HAARP’s intensity is very small.”
Of all the conspiracies floating around about HAARP, this is perhaps the most entertaining, and scientifically farfetched.
The government is using the shortwave radio communication generated in Gakona, so the story goes, to control the minds of unsuspecting Americans.
So before i forget, let me point you to a great resource for debunking all the HAARP myths. Go to one of my favorite discussion forums and read – you needn’t join, sign up or participate.
Here is the link: HAARP Debunked and Explained.
Mason I. Bilderberg (MIB)
Also See: HAARP Home Page
- HAARP – The Military’s Mystery Machine (illuminutti.com)
- Did UK HAARP facility and weather modification experiments cause 3.8 earthquake in Wales? (thefreedomagenda.wordpress.com)
- Possible H.A.A.R.P Locations Around The World (antioligarch.wordpress.com)
- Are the Recent Earthquakes in Iran Part of an Ongoing HAARP Campaign (essentialprepper.com)
- US Government Takes Down HAARP Website to Conceal Evidence of US Weather Modification and Manufactured Earthquakes: (planet.infowars.com)
- HAARP Website Taken Down (2011) to Conceal Weather Mod and Engineered Seismic Attacks? (chemtrailsplanet.net)
Just a quick note.
I told him the movie is fiction, filled with either unproven assertions or simple, flat-out factual errors. He was stuck neck-deep in the rabbit hole and refused to even discuss the issue. Typical conspiracist. Ask them to to provide evidence supporting their alternate reality and they scamper away screaming “Troll! Trollllll!”
Mission accomplished. Anyway . . .
So i thought to myself, there may be other skeptics out there in need of a great source of information to discuss the bullcrap in “Why In The World Are They Spraying.” Here is a great discussion forum with all the information you’ll need.
You needn’t join or participate. Just reading the discussion is a great education. Unlike conspiracists, the good people at MetaBunk go to great lengths to justify their assertions.
Here is the link: Factual Errors in “Why In The World Are They Spraying”.
Mason I. Bilderberg (MIB)
Via The Soap Box
Ever have a boring Saturday where you can’t find anything worth watching on TV, and eventually come across a preacher (commonly known as a Televangelists) preaching what they claim is the word of God? Well, I have a many of times, and there are certain things that I have noticed about Televangelists and what they tend to do.
So here are five things I’ve noticed about Televangelists:
5. They’re very entertaining.
I openly admit, I think a lot of Televangelists are very entertaining to watch.
Their charismatic actions often times make them very humorous to watch. My personal favorite (in terms of entertainment value) is Benny Hinn with his “ability” to make people fall down on the floor when ever he touches someones.
Of course that entertainment value gets taken away when you realize the next four things:
4. They’re always asking for money.
Just about every single broadcast a Televangelist makes, they’re always asking for money.
Of course they don’t actually outright ask you to give them money. They call it something else, such as pledging, or a gift, or “sowing a seed”.
They also make it seem like they need that money right away, and they always do that while wearing suits worth $2,000 to $3,000, in studios worth $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.
3. They act like they have supernatural powers.
Televangelists often times act like their extra special with God, and that if you send them money, you will be in God’s favor (and usually the more money you send them the better favor). Sometimes they will even pray on camera for the people who sent them money, just for that extra “favor”.
Some of them also act like they can heal people from long distances away, or up close by touching you (and knocking you down in the process).
- Broke Benny asks for millions of dollars (ivarfjeld.com)
- Senate committee investigating six televangelists (virginiahinostroza4.wordpress.com)
- Televangelist under fire over comments (wcpo.com)
- Benny Hinn Asks Followers for $2.5 Million to Get Out of Debt (praiserichmond.com)
- Televangelist Juanita Bynum Arrested (thebuzzcincy.com)
- Pat Robertson, Who Prophesied ‘Romney Will Win,’ Urges Viewers to Beware False Prophets (alternet.org)
- Why Do So Many Televangelists Land Themselves in Jail?. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Pat Robertson Cheating Advice, ‘Well, He’s A Man’ (VIDEO) (hngn.com)
- Wait… What?!!? Televangelist Pat Robertson Claims All Men Cheat And It’s The Wife’s Fault When Her Husband Is Unfaithful (bossip.com)
via The Soap Box
Ever watched a psychic on TV, or met one in real life? Well other than meeting one in real life, I sure have, and I have noticed certain things psychics that they tend to do a lot of.
So here are five things that I’ve I’ve noticed about psychics:
5. They apparently don’t play the lottery.
Despite the claims of many psychics that they can predict the future and that they can use that power to help guide other people in a positive way, none of them apparently plays the lottery so that they can win lots of money and not have to charge people $50 so they can talk to their dead relatives for 20 minutes.
(Author’s note: that last part is just a guess. I don’t have any clue what the average going rate for speaking to a psychic is.)
4. They make lousy detectives.
There have been hundreds, if not thousands of criminal investigations in which psychics came in and either volunteered, or were actually asked by an officer on the case to use their powers to help solve a case. Currently not a one has ever solved a case.
In fact the total success rate for psychic detectives isn’t even zero, it’s actually in the negatives because sometimes the psychic leads the investigative officers to the wrong person, and this has even lead to some innocent people being arrested.
3. They ask a lot of questions.
For people who’s powers are suppose to let them know everything, they sure do ask a lot of questions before they start to give a person answer to the question that they originally asked.
Why the heck would a psychic need to ask a bunch of questions for in the first place? In fact why would anyone need to ask a psychic a question? Shouldn’t they already know what question you want to ask them?
- Online Psychic Service Warns Public to Avoid Psychic Scams (seriously) (illuminutti.com)
- 10 symptoms of the psychic plague that’s engulfing humanity (steveblankjrcpt.wordpress.com)
- I’m Psychic and I Can’t Win the Lottery (tarotdreamer.com)
via New Scientist TV
Think you’re living in the moment? You could actually be experiencing another time.
A brain trick called the flash-lag illusion shows how we don’t always perceive the present. This version, created by Eiji Watanabe from the National Institute for Basic Biology in Okazaki, Japan, presents a moving cube occasionally accompanied by a flashing twin. When the second box appears, it’s really lined up with the moving cube yet it seems to lag behind. A second example uses a gear animation to show how a flashing piston looks out of sync with another that’s shifting up and down.
The illusion was thought to be caused by our brain extrapolating into the future: it can accurately anticipate the position of the moving cube because it follows a predictable path, but it falls short when assessing where the flashing cube is due to the time it takes to process a stimulus.
Recently David Eagleman of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and colleagues found that our brain is reaching back into the past instead. It waits to see what happens right after the flash before determining the cube’s position: changing the trajectory of the moving object after the blinking can influence where it’s perceived.
The effect is interesting because it gives insight into our notion of self and whether we exist in the here and now. To find out more, check out our feature, “The self: You think you live in the present?“.
If you enjoyed this post, see how to move a dot with your mind or how to affect an object’s motion by changing your gaze.
Also See: New Scientist Videos (YouTube)
- Friday Illusion: How to see the past (newscientist.com)
- We can retroactively edit our conscious experience. (mindblog.dericbownds.net)
- This video will make your brain hurt.. or eyes, or both! (wtf.videosift.com)
via Discovery News
The zombie drama “The Walking Dead” normally airs on the American cable-television channel AMC on Sunday evening.
But on Monday, residents of two small American cities got treated to a zombie apocalypse over the air, courtesy of pranksters who apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System at three broadcast stations.
“Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living,” said an ominous voiceover that interrupted programming yesterday afternoon on KRTV-TV, a CBS affiliate in Great Falls, Mont., and on a KRTV subchannel that carries a CW network feed.
“Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous,” the voice also said as listings of affected counties scrolled across the top of the screen.
Around the same time, WNMU-TV, the PBS affiliate in Marquette, Mich., on the state’s Upper Peninsula, was similarly pranked, according to local reports.
Later that evening, WBUP-TV, the ABC affiliate in Marquette, was hit by a “zombie alert” that scrolled across the bottom of the screen during the broadcast of “The Bachelor,” according to the station’s website.
According to the website of Radio magazine, there were reports that “zombie” hacks of the Emergency Alert System were attempted yesterday at TV stations in Salt Lake City.
MORE . . .
- Zombie Alerts Issued after Hackers Hijack TV Signals (news.discovery.com)
- Emergency Alert System Issues Zombie Warning For Michigan (mfi-miami.com)
- Hackers Air Zombie Apocalypse Message On EAS (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- TV station hacker warns of zombies in MT (wcpo.com)
- WATCH: Hacker Hoax Makes TV Stations Issue Zombie Warning (huffingtonpost.com)
Every now and then the psychosis of some conspiracists is so off the charts i have to question whether they’re serious or playing one, big prank.
Like millions of people, i was watching the Superbowl when half the stadium lights went out because of some kind of technical glitch. Being the skeptic i am, i jokingly said to myself, “Oh, i can’t wait to see what the conspiracists say about THIS!”
Sure enough, the conspiracists found a nefarious, hidden meaning in the Superbowl blackout. The following excerpt is from a much larger article titled “Super Bowl 2013 Recap: The Illuminati Agenda Continues” from a blog by somebody calling himself The Vigilant Citizen.
Grab the popcorn, here is the excerpt from The Vigilant Citizen talking about the Superbowl blackout …
Read the entire article Super Bowl 2013 Recap: The Illuminati Agenda Continues.
- Super Bowl 2013 Recap: The Illuminati Agenda Continues (vigilantcitizen.com)
- Did Beyonce flash an Illuminati sign? Why did the Superdome power go out? Your Super Bowl mysteries, solved! (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- Sicko Conspiracy Sociopaths Harass Man Who Sheltered Kids During Sandy Hook Massacre (theageofblasphemy.wordpress.com)
- Gene Rosen, Sandy Hook Hero, Harassed By Conspiracy Theorists Who Claim He’s An Actor (huffingtonpost.com)
- This man helped save six children, is now getting harassed for it (salon.com)
- Grandfather who comforted Sandy Hook Elementary kids says ‘truthers’ are targeting him (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- Conspiracy theorists claim Sandy Hook tragedy is elaborate government hoax (vancouversun.com)
- Meet The Sandy Hook Truthers (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Sandy Hook Hero Harassed By Pro-Gun ‘Truthers’ (addictinginfo.org)
- Newtown school massacre a ‘hoax to tighten gun laws’ (thestar.com)
- ‘Sandy Hook Truthers’ claim Newtown school massacre a hoax to spur gun control measures (news.nationalpost.com)
This man helped save six children, is now getting harassed for it
Gene Rosen sheltered six kids during the Sandy Hook massacre. Now he’s become a target of conspiracy theorists
By Alex Seitz-Wald
“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’” Someone posted a photo of his house online. There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog posts and videos “exposing” him as a fraud. One email purporting to be a business inquiry taunted: “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What…
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