Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

•December 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42335751

The leaders of 57 Muslim nations have called on the world to recognise “the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital”.

An Organisation of Islamic Co-operation communique declares US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise the city as Israel’s capital as “null and void”.

It also says the move has signalled Washington’s withdrawal from its role in the Middle East peace process.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier said the UN should take over.

In a speech to the OIC summit in Istanbul, Mr Abbas said it would be “unacceptable” for the US to be the mediator “since it is biased in favour of Israel”.

The Palestinians had engaged with the Trump administration in an attempt to agree “the deal of the century”, he noted, but had instead “got the slap of the century”.

The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians.

The city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem.

Israel occupied the sector, previously occupied by Jordan, in the 1967 Middle East war and regards the entire city as its indivisible capital.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries currently maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. However, President Trump has announced that the US will eventually move its embassy.

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“The leaders of 57 Muslim nations have called on the world to recognise “the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital”.

could one side take west and one side take east?

“In a speech to the OIC summit in Istanbul, Mr Abbas said it would be “unacceptable” for the US to be the mediator “since it is biased in favour of Israel”.

uh huh..

“The city is home to key religious sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, especially in East Jerusalem.”

the nexus..

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BBC is one of world’s most refined propaganda services – John Pilger

•December 15, 2017 • 1 Comment

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the masters of their art..obfuscation, deception, fraud and propaganda..

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Ex-Facebook VP: Social media destroying society with “dopamine-driven feedback loops”

•December 15, 2017 • 3 Comments

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/Ex-Facebook-VP-Social-media-destroying-society-with-dopamine-driven-feedback-loops-_163536826

A former Facebook executive is making waves after he spoke out about his “tremendous guilt” over growing the social network, which he feels has eroded “the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.”

Chamath Palihapitiya began working for Facebook in 2007 and left in 2011 as its vice president for user growth. When he started, he said, there was not much thought given to the long-term negative consequences of developing such a platform.

“I think in the back, deep, deep recesses of our minds, we kind of knew something bad could happen,” said Palihapitiya, 41. “But I think the way we defined it was not like this.”

That changed as Facebook’s popularity exploded, he said. The social network has more than 2 billion monthly users around the world and continues to grow.

But the ability to connect and share information so quickly — as well as the instant gratification people give and receive over their posts — has resulted in some negative consequences, Palihapitiya said.

“It literally is a point now where I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is truly where we are,” he said. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works: no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.”

Facebook has pushed back on the former executive’s comments, saying in a statement Tuesday that Palihapitiya has not worked there for more than six years and that it was “a very different company back then.”

Palihapitiya, a venture capitalist and part owner of the Golden State Warriors, made his remarks at a talk for Stanford Graduate School of Business students in November. Video of the talk was widely shared again this week after the Verge website reported on his comments Monday.

Though he didn’t have immediate answers on how to permanently correct the problem, Palihapitiya encouraged students to take a “hard break from some of these tools and the things that you rely on.” He said he’s has posted on Facebook only a handful of times over the past several years and didn’t allow his children to use “this s-?-?-” either, referring to social media platforms. “Everybody else has to soul-search a little bit more about what you’re willing to do,” he said. “Because your behaviors, you don’t realize it, but you are being programmed.”

The problem is not isolated to Facebook, he said, citing other social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Palihapitiya pointed to a hoax in India that had spread through WhatsApp and led to the lynching of several men falsely accused of being child traffickers.

“Bad actors can now manipulate large swaths of people to do anything you want,” he told the audience. “And we compound the problem. We curate our lives around this perceived sense of perfection, because we get rewarded in these short-term signals — hearts, likes, thumbs-up — and we conflate that with value and we conflate it with truth. And instead, what it is, is fake, brittle popularity that’s short term and leaves you even more, admit it, vacant and empty before you did it.”

As the Verge reported, Palihapitiya joined a chorus of former Facebook investors and employees now expressing regret over their contributions to the company: In November, early investor Sean Parker said that he has become a “conscientious objector” to social media, and that Facebook and others had succeeded by “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”

Facebook has also been criticized heavily for how it regulates — or doesn’t — the content and origin of ads on its platform, especially when it came to thousands of Russian ads that were created to influence voters in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. After some initial resistance, the company turned over thousands of Russian ads to Congress this fall.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had mostly downplayed the company’s responsibility to monitor and curate its content, saying it is not a media company. Notably, though, at the end of Yom Kippur this year, Zuckerberg posted an apology on his Facebook account “for the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together” and vowed to do better.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42333925

Facebook has responded to a former executive who said the social network, and other services like it, was “ripping society apart”.

Chamath Palihapitiya made the comments last month but were circulated widely online on Monday.

Facebook took the unusual step of issuing a statement to defend itself.

A spokesperson said Mr Palihapitiya had not worked at Facebook for more than six years.

“When Chamath was at Facebook we were focused on building new social media experiences and growing Facebook around the world. Facebook was a very different company back then and as we have grown we have realised how our responsibilities have grown too.”

Despite these prominent figures voicing their concerns, Facebook’s business strategy is pressing ahead.

Last week it launched Messenger Kids, its first app for children under the age of 13, a group previously not officially allowed on Facebook (though many often worked around the trivial measures preventing them from signing up).

The launch of Messenger Kids came with the cautious blessing of several organisations that aim to protect children online and elsewhere.

However, UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted in response: “Stay away from my kids please Facebook and act responsibly.”

Facebook’s statement suggests the company may be putting devising a strategy to hit back against criticism as we enter 2018. The new year is set to bring many challenges for the firm as it also contends with the persistent issue of fake news and propaganda on the platform.

I predict we’ll see a worldwide marketing campaign highlighting the good Facebook does in bringing communities together. The company’s aim must be to demonstrate that the positive contribution to society will be seen to greatly outweigh the negative.

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look at me..look at me..me, me , me..dopamine-fueled narcissistic egomaniacs!

“I think in the back, deep, deep recesses of our minds, we kind of knew something bad could happen,” said Palihapitiya, 41. “But I think the way we defined it was not like this.” That changed as Facebook’s popularity exploded, he said. The social network has more than 2 billion monthly users around the world and continues to grow.”

2 billion..nearly 25% of the worlds population..

“He said he’s has posted on Facebook only a handful of times over the past several years and didn’t allow his children to use “this s-?-?-” either, referring to social media platforms. “Everybody else has to soul-search a little bit more about what you’re willing to do,” he said. “Because your behaviors, you don’t realize it, but you are being programmed.”

he knows..

facebook doesnt like criticism..

“Despite these prominent figures voicing their concerns, Facebook’s business strategy is pressing ahead. Last week it launched Messenger Kids, its first app for children under the age of 13, a group previously not officially allowed on Facebook (though many often worked around the trivial measures preventing them from signing up).”

under the age of 13..why do they need to be on it?

“I predict we’ll see a worldwide marketing campaign highlighting the good Facebook does in bringing communities together. The company’s aim must be to demonstrate that the positive contribution to society will be seen to greatly outweigh the negative.”

hahaha..hah…ahhh.. 😦

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DR Congo displacement crisis “worse than Middle East”

•December 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42250230

Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing “a mega-crisis”, aid agencies say.

This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by conflict displacement in the world, the agencies add.

DR Congo has been hit by years of instability, with rival militias fighting for control of territory.

The conflict has been worsened by the failure to hold elections last year.

“It’s a mega-crisis. The scale of people fleeing violence is off the charts, outpacing Syria, Yemen and Iraq,” the Norwegian Refugee Council’s DR Congo director, Ulrika Blom, said.

In a new report, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said that an average of 5,500 people fled their homes every day this year.

The reasons include new armed conflicts, a rise in existing conflicts and the delay in holding elections, the report said.

Despite there being four million displaced people, as well as more than seven million struggling to feed themselves, international aid has been slow to materialise, Ms Blom said.

“If we fail to step up now, mass hunger will spread and people will die. We are in a race against time,” she warned.

DR Congo’s Minister of Information, Lambert Mende, has however disputed the aid agencies’ report, saying that the number of the displaced people is “less than one million”.

He told BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that the displaced people were, contrary to the report, returning home from neighbouring countries.

DR Congo is a vast country with immense economic resources, but years of conflict have led to most people living in poverty, and there is little infrastructure.

President Joseph Kabila took power in 2001 following the assassination of his father, Laurent Kabila.

He has won two elections and the constitution bars him from running for a third term.

Mr Kabila’s critics say the poll has been delayed so that he can remain in office.

Mr Kabila’s government has been battling new conflicts in the last year, including in the central Kasai region where violence broke out after the government refused to recognise a traditional chief.

At least 400 people have been killed in the conflict in the region, which is regarded as an opposition stronghold.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/08/peacekeepers-killed-in-attack-on-un-base-in-dr-congo

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you wont hear about this..its “only dr congo” but its just as bad here as anywhere else in the world..

“Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing “a mega-crisis”, aid agencies say.”

the silence is deafening..

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The Pyramids or the PHIramids of Egypt

•December 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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enjoy..its all about phi..

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3D PRINTING CAN NOW PRINT OBJECTS IN ONE TO TWO SECONDS

•December 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second or two. Light-based 3D printing techniques generally use lasers to cause a layer of resin to harden in a pattern, but like extrusion printers, they have to do it layer by layer. If the laser shined all the way through the liquid resin, it would cause a big line of it to cure. But what if you shined multiple weaker lasers through the resin, none of which was powerful enough to cure it except when they all intersected? That’s the technique developed by a team led by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This basic idea has been applied in several other domains: by carefully overlapping weak beams of light, sound or radiation, you can expose a chosen volume to a critical amount while leaving other areas largely untouched. In this case, the three beams of light must be carefully patterned to only intersect with each other and produce that constructive interference in the exact points that need to solidify. And once that pattern is set, it only takes a handful of seconds to actually complete the process of curing the resin — drain it away and your object is ready to use.You also could quickly print multiple structures simultaneously — a bunch of dice, for instance. So you see ‘3D all at once’ fabrication is possible,” lead researcher Maxim Shusteff told TechCrunchit’s not hard to imagine parties that would be interested in a 3D printer that creates things in a few seconds rather than, at the very least, several minutes, and more often, hours. This is going to revolutionize EARTH life completely.
The future is NOW.

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haven’t posted on 3d for a while but its still there and getting real fast..

“a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second or two.”

3d is revolutionary..but it will cost millions of humans their jobs in the long run..but thats progress so they say..

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Donald Trump wants to send man back to Moon

•December 14, 2017 • 6 Comments

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-12/trump-wants-to-send-man-back-to-moon-on-to-mars/9248842

At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, Mr Trump has vowed that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration, and kicked off a process to return Americans to the Moon.

Mr Trump has signed a policy directive instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to “refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery”.

“[The move] marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time exploration,” he said.

Past presidents, including George HW Bush and George W Bush, have also proposed returning to the Moon and missions to Mars, but budget constraints derailed their plans.

Mr Trump was joined at the White House by several current and former astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, and former US senator and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Jack Schmitt, one of the last people to walk on the Moon.

The President said he was taking a giant step toward “reclaiming America’s proud destiny in space”.

“Today we pledge that he will not be the last, and I suspect we’ll be finding other places to land in addition to the Moon,” Mr Trump said.

The ceremony also featured a moon rock 3.8 billion years old, collected by Mr Schmitt’s Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

In approving the new policy, Mr Trump abandoned what had been a goal of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who in 2010 backed a plan to send humans to a near-Earth asteroid.

NASA said initial funding for the new policy would be included in its budget request for fiscal year 2019.

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heh..i await our arrival on the moon..again..with great anticipation.. 🙂

“Past presidents, including George HW Bush and George W Bush, have also proposed returning to the Moon and missions to Mars, but budget constraints derailed their plans.”

i would have thought radiation derailed it eh?

“The ceremony also featured a moon rock 3.8 billion years old, collected by Mr Schmitt’s Apollo 17 mission in 1972.”

oh really?

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