Stephen Hawking: Humans could use a mini black hole to power world’s electricity supply

•February 6, 2016 • 1 Comment

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/640496/End-of-the-world-Stephen-Hawking-black-hole-could-destroy-us

STEPHEN Hawking has suggested that humans may be able to harness the power of a ‘mini’ black hole but has warned that it could DESTROY us.

The eminent theoretical physicist said if we tried to harness the power of a black hole it could drop into the centre of the Earth – sparking the end of the word.

Professor Hawking explained that as particles fall into black holes, they “are constantly materialising in pairs, separating, and then coming together again, and annihilating each other.”

He described these particles as “virtual” as they cannot be seen, even with a particle detector.

But he added that their indirect effects can be measured, which is how scientists can confirm their existence, as they shift slightly, known as the Lamb Shift.

When they shift, they produce “spectrum energy of light from excited hydrogen atoms.

Speaking at the BBC’s Reith Lectures, Professor Hawking said: “Now in the presence of a black hole, one member of a pair of virtual particles may fall into the hole, leaving the other member without a partner with which to annihilate.

“The forsaken particle or antiparticle may fall into the black hole after its partner, but it may also escape to infinity, where it appears to be radiation emitted by the black hole.”

The A Brief History of Time author went onto say that it would be possible to harness the energy of the black holes if it was the right size.

He added: “A black hole of the mass of the sun, would leak particles at such a slow rate, it would be impossible to detect. However, there could be much smaller mini black holes with the mass of say, a mountain.

“A mountain-sized black hole would give off X-rays and gamma rays, at a rate of about 10 million megawatts, enough to power the world’s electricity supply.

“It wouldn’t be easy however, to harness a mini black hole. You couldn’t keep it in a power station, because it would drop through the floor and end up at the centre of the Earth.

“If we had such a black hole, about the only way to keep hold of it would be to have it in orbit around the Earth.”

Professor Hawking then joked: “People have searched for mini black holes of this mass, but have so far not found any. This is a pity, because if they had I would have got a Nobel Prize.”

The world-famous physicist has previously said that high advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) could also spark the end of mankind.

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i want a kilo of whatever this guy is smoking because its some damn good shit..

“It wouldn’t be easy however, to harness a mini black hole. You couldn’t keep it in a power station, because it would drop through the floor and end up at the centre of the Earth.”

of course..you going to use a lasso to harness it?

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Baltic Dry Index crashes below 300 for first time ever

•February 6, 2016 • 3 Comments

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-04/worlds-biggest-containership-hard-aground-baltic-dry-crashes-below-300-first-time-ev

Before this year the lowest level The Baltic Dry Index had reached was 556 in August of 1986 and the highest was in June 2008 at a stunning 11,612. Today saw the freight index hit a new milestone however, crashing through the 300 barrier for the first time ever – at 298, this is almost 50% below the previous record low.

Commodities obviously are saying something very different from “the market”…

And as Dana Lyons notes, of course much of the input into the BDI comes from the price of raw materials. Considering the deflationary spiral in commodities, the drop in the BDI to all-time lows shouldn’t be a shock.

However, the depths that the index is now plumbing is quite alarming and suggests trouble in the global trade picture.

It would also suggest perhaps that the deflationary pressure is not just a supply issue. Consider every prior drop in the Baltic Dry Index down to the 500-600 level. Each time, the index immediately jumped as if latent demand was just waiting for those lower prices. That development has not yet occurred this time around, even as prices are reaching 45% below the previous record low.

The Baltic Dry Index has become a trendy thing to mention in recent years when discussing global market and economic conditions. The truth is, nobody really ever knows for sure what the broader message is behind the index’s behavior.That said, this recent plunge is making it quite difficult to conceive that it means anything positive in terms of the global economy and deflationary pressures.

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but thats probably nothing to worry about..right?

look at the disconnect of the nasdaq and commodities..sure they are different industries obviously but you can almost see the money pouring from one to the other..especially if you included the health industry..

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Strauss-Kahn hired by Ukraine billionaire Viktor Pinchuk

•February 6, 2016 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35488200

The former head of the International Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn is joining the board of a bank owned by Ukranian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk.

Mr Strauss-Kahn resigned as IMF managing director in 2011, after being accused of a rape at a New York hotel – allegations which were later dismissed.

He will join a newly-formed supervisory board at Bank Credit-Dnepr.

Mr Pinchuk is the son-in-law of former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and is reported to be worth $1.4bn (£1bn).

During the 1990s he built Interpipe into one of Ukraine’s biggest industrial firms, making steel, pipes, wheels and axles.

Since then Mr Pinchuk has diversified into other industries, including banking.

Last month he settled a dispute with two other Ukrainian businessmen, over the 2004 purchase of a mining company in Ukraine.

The case, due to be heard in London, was expected to be one of the most expensive court cases in English legal history and promised to reveal details about the business dealings of some of Ukraine’s wealthiest men.

It was settled just days before the trial was due to begin.

In 2012 Mr Strauss-Kahn faced allegations of pimping. The case became known as the Carlton Affair, named after the Lille hotel where sex parties took place.

Mr Strauss-Kahn acknowledged attending the parties, but always denied knowing that some of the women who took part were prostitutes.

He was acquitted in 2015.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Pinchuk

Pinchuk was born in 1960 in Kyiv to Jewish parents who moved to the industrial city of Dnipropetrovsk. He graduated from Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute in 1983.

A Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist. As of January 2016, Forbes ranked him as 1250th on the list of wealthiest people in the world, with a fortune of $1.44 billion.

Pinchuk is the founder and main owner of EastOne Group LLC, an international investing, project funding and financial advisory company based in London, and of Interpipe Group, one of Ukraine’s leading pipe, wheel and steel producers. Pinchuk is the owner of four TV channels. He has been a member of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, for two consecutive terms from 1998 to 2006. He is married to Olena Pinchuk, the daughter of former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.

Pinchuk has supported philanthropic projects in Ukraine. In 2006, he consolidated these activities under the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which is now considered the largest private Ukrainian philanthropic foundation.

Its projects include the creation of a network of modern neonatal centres throughout Ukraine, cooperation programs with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the ANTIAIDS Foundation of his wife Olena Pinchuk, the creation of the Kyiv School of Economics, a cooperation with the Aspen Institute, the opening of the first large scale contemporary art centre in Ukraine PinchukArtCentre, the creation and development of the only Ukrainian private chamber orchestra, the production and promotion of a film with Steven Spielberg on the Holocaust in Ukraine, human rights projects with George Soros and support of local Jewish communities.

In 2004, Pinchuk created Yalta European Strategy (YES) – an international independent organization that is promoting Ukraine joining the European Union. Its annual summer meeting in Yalta has become the main high-level Ukraine-EU forum for debate and policy recommendations development. At the recent annual meetings among others, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Stefan Fule, Paul Krugman, Alexei Kudrin, Shimon Peres, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Larry Summers and other political and business leaders were present to discuss Ukraine’s European perspectives and global challenges. Pinchuk has long promoted closer ties between Ukraine and the EU.

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and we arent surprised..DSK is a survivor..i will give him that..always a job for an old boy somewhere in the chain..

pinchuk looks to be a very interesting individual..

and he has a special club..

“At the recent annual meetings among others, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Stefan Fule, Paul Krugman, Alexei Kudrin, Shimon Peres, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Larry Summers and other political and business leaders were present to discuss Ukraine’s European perspectives and global challenges.”

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Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal signed in Auckland

•February 6, 2016 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35480600

The Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest multinational trade deals ever, has been signed by ministers from its 12 member nations in New Zealand.

The ceremony in Auckland brings the huge trade pact, which has been five years in the making, another step towards to becoming a reality.

But the TPP continues to face opposition.

The 12 nations account for some 40% of the world’s economy – they now have two years to ratify or reject the pact.

Australia’s minister for trade Andrew Robb was the first to sign the pact. Those attending the ceremony cheered as his counterpart, New Zealand trade minister Todd McClay, added the last signature.

The TPP involves the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.

Those against the deal, particularly some Americans, fear it could mean jobs will move from the US to developing countries.

However, US President Barack Obama said the agreement was a new type of trade deal “that puts American workers first”.

“Partnership would give the United States an advantage over other leading economies, namely China,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

“TPP allows America – and not countries like China – to write the rules of the road in the 21st Century, which is especially important in a region as dynamic as the Asia-Pacific,” he said.

“We should get TPP done this year and give more American workers the shot at success they deserve and help more American businesses compete and win around the world.”

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“TPP allows America – and not countries like China – to write the rules of the road in the 21st Century, which is especially important in a region as dynamic as the Asia-Pacific,”

ipso facto..

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Pentagon wants $582bn in 2017 budget

•February 6, 2016 • 1 Comment

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https://www.rt.com/usa/331009-pentagon-budget-war-big/

President Obama will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon as part of the fiscal year 2017 budget, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said. It will be partly used to keep a competitive edge over Russia and China, and to quadruple spending in Europe.

Carter said part of the $582.7 billion will include $71.4 for research and development funding, adding that much of the money will focus on maintaining an edge over the competition. The defense secretary called Russia and China “our most stressing competitors.”

The budget will also include $7.5 billion to fight Islamic State, $8.1 billion for submarines, and $1.8 billion on munitions, according to Carter.

Carter said the budget was guided by five factors: the rise of power from Russia and China; the threat of North Korea to the US and its Pacific allies; Iran’s “malign influence” against allies in the Gulf; and the ongoing fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

“We don’t have the luxury of just one opponent, or the choice between current fights and future fights – we have to do both,”Carter said. “And that’s what our budget is designed to do.”

He added that in the past, the Defense Department “tended to focus and plan and prepare for whatever big war people thought was coming over the horizon,” but that such tactics “won’t work for the world we live in today.” 

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that the total gdp of the lowest 44 african countries..

http://statisticstimes.com/economy/african-countries-by-gdp.php

good money in war..and its even better if its somebody elses money..thank god for IS..

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“It’s you who created Daesh!”..press conference scandal mars Kerry’s visit to Italy

•February 5, 2016 • 17 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/news/331209-italian-woman-kerry-isis/

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

The woman was dragged away from the conference by the Carabinieri.

After meeting with Gentiloni, Kerry said he was convinced that the US-led international coalition would “crush ISIS”eventually. His Italian counterpart expressed much more caution.

“There have been steps forward on the ground with respect to the Paris summit. But no triumphalism is warranted, we must continue the armed effort in Iraq,” Gentiloni said.

He added that in the fight against ISIS “important progress has been made,” although “we are faced with a very resilient organization and therefore we must not underestimate it.”

The protester in Italy is not the first to accuse Washington of midwifing the rise of IS. One former US Marine has blamed the self-proclaimed caliphate on the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“I knew what I was seeing was wrong, I knew it was immoral, I knew it was unjust, I knew it was illegal,” Vincent Emanuele told RT in December 2015,“ and I knew that we would pay severe consequences in the form of the blowback as we are seeing with groups like ISIS.”

In 2012, the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) warned the government that “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria… and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”

The Obama administration made a “willful decision” to ignore the warning, former DIA Director Lieutenant General Michael Flynn told Al Jazeera in August of last year.

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i highly doubt this was a trending topic eh?

truth can hurt right john?

you can drag us away and you can attempt to silence us but the people with “real eyes” can see through your bullshit..and that list grows every day..your time is nearly up..

It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI. The woman was dragged away from the conference by the Carabinieri.”

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Putin meets “old friend” Kissinger visiting Russia

•February 5, 2016 • 3 Comments

https://www.rt.com/news/331194-putin-meets-friend-kissinger/

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in his residence outside Moscow. The Kremlin said that the two have “long-standing, friendly relations” and that they have used the “opportunity to talk.”

The meeting is a continuation of a “friendly dialogue between President Putin and Henry Kissinger, who are bound by a longstanding relationship,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

They communicate all the time, use the opportunity to talk,” he added. Putin “values” this opportunity to discuss pressing international issues as well as exchange opinions on global perspectives, Peskov said.

Putin and Kissenger have had over 10 tete-a-tete meetings so far, according to media reports. When Kissinger visited Russia in 2013 Putin said that Moscow always pays attention to his opinion and called the former secretary of state “a world class politician.”

Kissinger, a former US national security adviser and foreign policy head, pioneered the detente policy in 1969 steering the US-Soviet relations to a general ease. For his part in negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam in an unsuccessful effort to put an end to the Vietnam war (1955-1975) he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.

In a December interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, Kissinger said that he believes the West should understand there could be no resolution to the Syrian crisis and unity without Russia’s participation. He also said that one cannot defeat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISISL) militants in the Middle East using diplomatic means.

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a sort of distressing image..to see killinger so close to putin..

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has met former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in his residence outside Moscow. The Kremlin said that the two have “long-standing, friendly relations” and that they have used the “opportunity to talk.”

so what the fuck is the vampire doing in russia?

“Putin said that Moscow always pays attention to his opinion and called the former secretary of state “a world class politician.””

urrrgghh..

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