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  •  1990 Marlin Fitzwater - 2014 Gen. Alexander (9+ / 0-)

    http://www.newyorker.com/...

    Another General Alexander - misinformation interview!

    On October 24, 1990, President George H.W. Bush's White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater discussed Republicans who had opposed the President's policies, threatening:

    "If they can sleep with their conscience, let them try."

    He cautioned that while they were free to,"say whatever they want," penalties might ensue, "but we never discuss it in public."

    He suggested that they would,"suffer in their private purgatories."

    Pressed for an explanation, he responded:

    "I can't tell you. If I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise."

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Open thread for night owls: Do we need a 'Magna Cortica' to give our brains legal protection?

    (Yes Meteor Blades, we do)

    http://motherboard.vice.com/...

    We Need a Legal Framework for Biohacking Our Brains

    May 16, 2014

    Supporters of the trade deal say to me ‘They have to be secret because if the American people knew what was in them they would be opposed.' ~ Senator Elizabeth Warren D-MA

    by anyname on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:54:22 PM PDT

    •  remote then & in IP surveillance cameras now (5+ / 0-)

      http://www.navysbirprogram.com/...

      Remote personnel incapacitation system

      http://handle.dtic.mil/...

      3-D Holographic Display Using Strontium Barium Niobate (1998)

      http://www.wired.com/...

      The Microwave Scream Inside Your Skull

      Supporters of the trade deal say to me ‘They have to be secret because if the American people knew what was in them they would be opposed.' ~ Senator Elizabeth Warren D-MA

      by anyname on Fri May 16, 2014 at 10:10:25 PM PDT

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      •  in fewest words possible - weather modification (3+ / 0-)
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        http://www.defense.gov/...

        DoD News Briefing: Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen

        Presenter: Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen
        April 28, 1997

        Supporters of the trade deal say to me ‘They have to be secret because if the American people knew what was in them they would be opposed.' ~ Senator Elizabeth Warren D-MA

        by anyname on Fri May 16, 2014 at 10:59:18 PM PDT

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        •  thin films (4+ / 0-)
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          http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/...

          Crystalline Properties of Strontium Barium Niobate Thin Films Produced by Pulsed Laser Deposition

          Abstract

          Highly oriented strontium barium niobate (SBN) thin films have been grown on MgO {100}substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The films have been characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. XRD theta – 2 theta scans indicate that the single phase crystalline SBN layers with the {001} orientation perpendicular to the plane of the substrate .

          Because of the difference between the thermal expansion coefficients of the SBN thin film and the MgO {100} substrate, it is necessary to adapt a slow cooling rate after deposition to retain the highly oriented SBN thin film on the substrate.

          The presence of non-uniform residual strain in SBN thin film has been analysed from broadening of the (00l) SBN film diffraction lines. The influence of oxygen partial pressure on the crystalline properties of SBN thin films have also been investigated.

          http://www.rsc.org/...
          Laboratory study of the reactions Mg + O3 and MgO + O3. Implications for the chemistry of magnesium in the upper atmosphere

          The reaction Mg + O3 MgO + O2 has been studied by the pulsed photodissociation at 193.3 nm of magnesium acetyl acetonate [Mg(C5H7O2)2] vapour to produce Mg atoms in an excess of O3 and N2 bath gas, followed by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopy of atomic Mg at 285.2 nm [Mg(31 P1–31S0)].

          The resulting rate coefficient is given in the Arrhenius form by k(196 < T/K < 368)(2.28 ± 0.74)× 10–10 exp[–(139 ± 84 K)/T] cm3 molecule–1 s–1. This reaction is therefore the most rapid oxidation process of atomic Mg in the atmosphere between 65 and 95 km. The reaction MgO + O3 MgO2+ O2 was investigated by the pulsed photodissociation of MgO3 coupled with time-resolved LIF by pumping the MgO(B 1+–X 1+, v 0) transition at 499.4 nm and monitoring emission from the MgO(B 1+–A 1+, v? 0) transition at wavelengths greater than 600 nm. This yields k(217 < T < 366 K)=(2.19 ± 1.8)× 10–10 exp[–(548 ± 271 K)/T] cm3 molecule–1 s–1. Ab initio quantum calculations were used to show that the most stable form of magnesium in the upper atmosphere is Mg(OH)2, formed from a rapid recombination reaction between MgO and H2O. A one-dimensional (1D) model of magnesium was then constructed by using observed Mg+ profiles above 85 km to constrain both the chemical reaction scheme and the meteoric input flux of the metal.

          The atomic Mg layer is predicted to occur at the same height as the Na layer (ca. 90 km), but with a peak concentration that is smaller by a factor of ca. 5. The model indicates that the ratio of the Mg/Na flux from meteoric ablation is about 0.5. This is strong evidence that the available mass of meteoroids does not ablate completely and that the residual fraction is enriched in magnesium.

          Supporters of the trade deal say to me ‘They have to be secret because if the American people knew what was in them they would be opposed.' ~ Senator Elizabeth Warren D-MA

          by anyname on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:03:26 PM PDT

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          •  2002 (3+ / 0-)
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            http://www.smh.com.au/...

            EXCERPT

            A draft government report says we will alter human evolution within 20 years by combining what we know of nanotechnology, biotechnology, IT and cognitive sciences.

            The 405-page report sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and Commerce Department, Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance, calls for a broad-based research program to improve human performance leading to telepathy, machine-to-human communication, amplified personal sensory devices and enhanced intellectual capacity.

            People may download their consciousnesses into computers or other bodies even on the other side of the solar system, or participate in a giant "hive mind", a network of intelligences connected through ultra-fast communications networks. "With knowledge no longer encapsulated in individuals, the distinction between individuals and the entirety of humanity would blur," the report says. "Think Vulcan mind-meld. We would perhaps become more of a hive mind - an enormous, single, intelligent entity."

            Armies may one day be fielded by machines that think for themselves while devices will respond to soldiers' commands before their thoughts are fully formed, it says. The report says the abilities are within our grasp but will require an intense public-relations effort to "prepare key organisations and societal activities for the changes made possible by converging technologies", and to counter concern over "ethical, legal and moral" issues. Education should be overhauled down to the primary-school level to bridge curriculum gaps between disparate subject areas.

            Professional societies should be open to practitioners from other fields, it says. "The success of this convergent-technologies priority area is crucial to the future of humanity," the report says.

            wtec.org/ConvergingTechnologies/Report/NBIC-pre-publication.pdf

            Supporters of the trade deal say to me ‘They have to be secret because if the American people knew what was in them they would be opposed.' ~ Senator Elizabeth Warren D-MA

            by anyname on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:09:03 PM PDT

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