Israel plans to launch moon mission on SpaceX rocket this year..unmanned of course!

•July 12, 2018 • 6 Comments

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44777305

An Israeli non-profit organisation has announced plans to send the first privately-funded unmanned spacecraft to the Moon later this year.

SpaceIL said the probe would be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December on a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.

It is expected to land on the Moon in February 2019.

The spacecraft will plant an Israeli flag on the Moon’s surface and carry out research into its magnetic field.

SpaceIL’s project began as part of the Google Lunar XPrize, which offered $30m (£23m) in prizes to inspire people to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. However, the competition expired this March, with the $20m grand prize for landing on the Moon unclaimed.

Despite the setback, SpaceIL continued developing its spacecraft, which is being built in co-operation with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a state-owned firm.

So far it has spent about $88.5m, much of which it has received from the South African-born Israeli billionaire businessmen Morris Kahn.

Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL, told a news conference in the Israeli town of Yehud on Tuesday that its probe would be the smallest yet to land on the Moon.

It is about 2m (6.6ft) in diameter and 1.5m high, and will weigh only 585kg (1,300lb) at launch. More than 400kg of that weight is fuel that will be burnt off by the time it lands on the Moon.

The spacecraft is a “hopper”, which will land and then take off again with the fuel left in its propulsion system, and then perform another landing 500m away, which was a condition of the XPrize.

If successful, SpaceIL’s mission will make Israel the fourth country in the world to “soft land” a probe on the surface of the Moon – after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China.

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how cute..

“An Israeli non-profit organisation has announced plans to send the first privately-funded unmanned spacecraft to the Moon later this year.”

a non profit org can do this??

“It is expected to land on the Moon in February 2019.”

i dare you to take a human up there!

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Violent tendencies can be “zapped” out of your brain

•July 12, 2018 • 3 Comments

https://www.rt.com/news/431537-electrical-brain-crime-reduction-study/

Electrical brain stimulation may help reduce people’s inclinations to commit violent crimes, a new study has found. The ‘shocking’ treatment could potentially be used to treat or prevent violent behavior, researchers say.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore used an electrical current to stimulate a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which has been linked to violent acts.

They tested the procedure on 86 healthy adults, administering 20 minutes of brain stimulation to half of the test subjects before asking the whole group to consider two hypothetical scenarios, one describing a physical assault, the other a sexual assault. Afterwards, the participants were asked to rate the likelihood that they might commit similar acts.

Compared with the control group, the brain-stimulated group reported a 47 percent lower likelihood that they would commit a non-sexual physical assault, and a 70 percent lower likelihood of committing sexual assault.

Publishing their findings in the Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers describe how the stimulation procedure appeared to reduce people’s intentions to commit violent acts. However, the reduction was not apparent in another part of the study, in which test subjects were allowed to vent their emotions on voodoo dolls. The dolls received the same level of abuse, regardless of whether the subject had been zapped or not. Furthermore, the study was not conducted on criminals, which raises questions about whether the study supports the notion that the procedure can reduce real-life crime.

The researchers say that, while far more testing needs to be done, if the procedure proves to be effective, it could be used to help reduce violent crimes in the future or to treat anti-social behavior.

“When most people think of crime they think bad neighborhoods, poverty, discrimination, and those are all correct,” Adrian Raine, one of the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, told the Guardian. “But we also believe that there’s a biological contribution to crime which has been seriously neglected in the past. What this shows is that there could be a new, different approach to try and reduce crime and violence in society.”

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/early/2018/07/02/JNEUROSCI.3317-17.2018

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no really..like one flew over the cuckoos nest..eh?

“They tested the procedure on 86 healthy adults, administering 20 minutes of brain stimulation to half of the test subjects before asking the whole group to consider two hypothetical scenarios, one describing a physical assault, the other a sexual assault. Afterwards, the participants were asked to rate the likelihood that they might commit similar acts.”

want some?

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Kissinger pens ominous warning on dangers of artificial intelligence..”How the enlightenment ends”

•July 11, 2018 • 3 Comments

https://www.rt.com/news/432425-henry-kissinger-artificial-intelligence/

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has issued a stark warning to humanity: advances in artificial intelligence could lead to a world which humans will no longer be able to understand — and we should start preparing now.

What if machines learn to communicate with each other? What if they begin to establish their own objectives? What if they become so intelligent that they are making decisions beyond the capacity of the human mind?

Those are some of the questions the 95-year-old Kissinger poses in a piece published by the Atlantic under the apocalyptic headline: ‘How The Enlightenment Ends.’

Kissinger’s interest in artificial intelligence began when he learned about a computer program that had become an expert at Go — a game more complicated than chess. The machine learned to master the game by training itself through practice; it learned from its mistakes, redefined its algorithms as it went along — and became the literal definition of ‘practice makes perfect.’

We are, Kissinger warns, in the midst of a “sweeping technical revolution whose consequences we have failed to fully reckon with and whose culmination may be a world relying on machines powered by data and algorithms and ungoverned by ethical or philosophical norms.”

Kissinger uses the example of a self-driving car. Driving a car requires judgements in impossible-to-predict circumstances. What would happen, he asks, if the car found itself having to decide between killing a grandparent or killing a child? Who would it choose, and why?

Artificial intelligence goes “far beyond” the kind of automation we are used to, he says, because AI has the ability to“establish its own objectives,” which makes it “inherently unstable.” In other words, through its processes, AI “develops an ability previously thought to be reserved for human beings.”

Continue here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/henry-kissinger-ai-could-mean-the-end-of-human-history/559124/

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here is a tissue henry..its your world..you helped create it..

“What if machines learn to communicate with each other? What if they begin to establish their own objectives? What if they become so intelligent that they are making decisions beyond the capacity of the human mind?”

“what if” indeed..

note the image up top is from the article..red button in a pyramid..

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Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

•July 10, 2018 • 8 Comments

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-10/brett-kavanaugh-appointed-to-us-supreme-court/9962980

US President Donald Trump has named conservative federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to serve on the US Supreme Court.

Mr Trump called it an “honour and privilege” to nominate Judge Kavanaugh, who became a judge for the US Court of Appeals in 2006, and said he had “impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications”.

“In keeping with President Reagan’s legacy, I do not ask about a nominee’s personal opinions. What matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the constitution require,” Mr Trump said.

“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law — he is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers.

“He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.”

The vacancy on the nation’s highest court was caused by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

In picking the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, Mr Trump aimed to entrench conservative control of the court for years to come with his second lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest judicial body in his first 18 months as President.

“I was lucky. My mum was a teacher in the 1960s and 1970s, she taught history at two largely African American public high schools in Washington DC, McKinlay Tech and HD Woodson,” Judge Kavanaugh said.

“Her example told me the importance of equality for all Americans.

“My mum was a trailblazer. When I was 10, she went to law school and became a prosecutor.

“My introduction to law came at our dinner table when she practised her closing arguments. Her trademark line was ‘use your common-sense. What rings true, what rings false?’ That’s good advice for a juror and for a son.”

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

A protégé of Ken Starr, Kavanaugh played a lead role in drafting the Starr Report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Kavanaugh led the investigation into the suicide of Clinton aide Vince Foster. After the 2000 U.S. presidential election, in which Kavanaugh worked for the George W. Bush campaign in the Florida recount, Kavanaugh joined Bush’s staff, where he led the Administration’s effort to identify and confirm judicial nominees.

After graduating from Georgetown Prep, Kavanaugh attended Yale University and graduated with a Bachelor of Artscum laude, in 1987. At Yale, he joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He then attended Yale Law School, and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1990.

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it really wouldnt matter who the orange man picked, the “outrage” was timed to start within a minute of the announcement..this guy fits in a few boxes..the catholic ones predominantly..

georgetown and yale..

what interests me is his connection to starr and clinton and..vince foster..i smell something coming down the track..

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Boris Johnson resigns amid Brexit fallout

•July 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-10/british-foreign-secretary-boris-johnson-resigns/9960842

British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed Jeremy Hunt as foreign minister after predecessor Boris Johnson resigned in protest at the Government’s plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union.

“The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs,” Ms May’s office said in a statement.

The appointment of Mr Hunt, the long-serving health minister, sees a close May ally replace the maverick Mr Johnson, and could alter the Brexit balance of Ms May’s top ministerial team.

Mr Johnson, a vocal supporter of Britain leaving the European Union, slammed Ms May in his resignation letter, accusing her of flying “white flags” of surrender in negotiations with the EU.

“Brexit should be about opportunity and hope,” Mr Johnson wrote.

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bye bye boris..the global forces rejoice again as they try to snuff out brexit..

whats next?

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Time split to the nanosecond is precisely what Wall Street wants

•July 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/29/technology/computer-networks-speed-nasdaq.html?ref=oembe d

Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created technology that can track time down to 100 billionths of a second. It could be just what Wall Street is looking for.

System engineers at Nasdaq, the New York-based stock exchange, recently began testing an algorithm and software that they hope can synchronize a giant network of computers with that nanosecond precision. They say they have built a prototype, and are in the process of deploying a bigger version.

For an exchange like Nasdaq, such refinement is essential to accurately order the millions of stock trades that are placed on their computer systems every second.

Ultimately, this is about money. With stock trading now dominated by computers that make buying and selling decisions and execute them with blazing speed, keeping that order also means protecting profits. So-called high frequency trading firms place trades in a fraction of a second, sometimes in a bet that they can move faster than bigger competitors.

The pressure to manage these high-speed trades grows when the stock market becomes more volatile, as it has been in recent months, in part to prevent the fastest traders from taking unfair advantage of slower firms. High frequency traders typically account for more than half of daily stock trading volume in the United States, according to data from the Tabb Group.

“The financial industry has easily become the most obsessed with time,” said Balaji Prabhakar, a Stanford University electrical engineer who is one of the designers of the new synchronization system.

Because the orders are placed from locations around the world, they frequently arrive at the exchange’s computers out of sequence. The new system allows each computer to time stamp an order when it takes place.

As a result, the trades can be sorted and executed in correct sequence. In a networked marketplace, this precision is necessary not only to prevent illicit trading on advance information known as “front-running,” but also to ensure the fair placement of orders.

The importance of technical advances in measuring time was underscored by European regulations that went into effect in January and that require financial institutions to synchronize time-stamped trades with microsecond accuracy.

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thanks to intrigued for the link..

we cant even comprehend these type of transactions..blockchain is so important to “them”..

“The pressure to manage these high-speed trades grows when the stock market becomes more volatile, as it has been in recent months, in part to prevent the fastest traders from taking unfair advantage of slower firms. High frequency traders typically account for more than half of daily stock trading volume in the United States, according to data from the Tabb Group.”

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Images 8/7/18

•July 9, 2018 • 12 Comments

what spin will tarantino put on this story?

take the time to look at these papers..they are incredibly honest and honestly terrifying..

insiders know the game..

no coincidences..

katy, always close to an eye..

#votefornobody

these ladies are screaming at trump through their vaginas..true story..

urggh.. huh?

the duality..

click and look..on the same day a 180 degree change of headline..this is why mainstream is a crock of shit..

the old timers were not happy with this image..from all religions..

how to make a sigil..

inconvenient truth..coal is growing not falling as an energy source..

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