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The Brunching Shuttlecocks grade Aspects of the Future Circa 1953.
"Flying cars and the future are synonymous. That's how we know it's not the future yet..."
On the other hand, Evolution Robotics can get you started on a robotic future for a meer $500; assembly required.
"The ER1, available in two configurations, is the first in a line of autonomous personal robots that Evolution Robotics plans to introduce over the next year, and which truly brings robots into the mainstream consumer market."
If the Universe Were a Computer, beggars would code.
"So what does any of this mean? At the very least, the numbers represent the most computing the Universe could have supported, or the minimum size of a computation for simulating the Universe, Lloyd notes. More interestingly, he says, the fact that the ops calculation from information theory and the bits calculation from quantum gravity gave equivalent results "suggests that we can go on being hopeful that there's a connection out there" between quantum gravity and computation."
A last (for now) blow of ionized air toward my recent mini obsession concerning the nefarious military experiments in Alaska. Stage III of Eastlund's patent is a considerable expansion incorporating HAARP's military defense goals: 360 antennas together reaching 1.7 gigawatts (1,700,000,000 watts) of power, enabling HAARP to alter a significant portion of the ionosphere, and create a virtual mirror theoretically capable of astounding defensive feats. Discordant HAARP
"In a black spruce forest north of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, a bristling array of'antennas rises into the air. It looks like a cable television station, but it',s something far more ominous: the military's semi-secret High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), designed to give the Pentagon strategic control over the upper atmosphere. HAARP, slated for final completion in 2002, sends but a focused and steerable electromagnetic (EM) beam that can superheat and actually lift sections of the ionosphere -- the electrically charged upper layer of our atmosphere lying 40 to 500 miles above the Earth's surface. The EM waves are targeted to bounce back to Earth from "virtual" mirrors and lenses, created by warming specific areas of the ionosphere until they produce a flat or curved shape, capable of strategically re directing significant amounts of electro- magnetic energy."
Summer in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


Assuming that you have javascript enabled and an interest in alternate date systems, Fourmilab's calendar converter provides historical context alongside the chronologized calculation. Today (well, p'raps yesterday to Dear Reader) is Zip.2 Caban; according to the Mayan temporal grok. Note the almost eerie simularity to today's modern I.P. addresses.
"Those with apocalyptic inclinations will be relieved to observe that the present cycle will not end until Columbus Day, October 12, 4772 in the Gregorian calendar. Speaking of apocalyptic events, it's amusing to observe that the longest of the cycles in the Mayan calendar, alautun, about 63 million years, is comparable to the 65 million years since the impact which brought down the curtain on the dinosaurs--an impact which occurred near the Yucatan peninsula where, almost an alautun later, the Mayan civilisation flourished."
Best snap up the franchise options while they last, I'd say. The Power Grow System is a solution for medical marijuana growers that is analogous in price and electrical efficiency to a refrigerator. There'll be one in every home within twenty years (yes, we're getting older, and we all could use a grow closet; we're already out of it).
"A complete turn key product that can produce a very high grade and high yield of any desired vegetation. A perfectly controlled growing environment unlike anything else."
I discovered Ronnie at a critical point in my psyche-Gaian expansion, and it would not be exaggerating to say that once I entered his event horizon my understanding took a quantum leap. Epilogue
"Psychiatry could be, and some psychiatrists are, on the side of transcendence, of genuine freedom and of true human growth. But psychiatry can so easily be a technique of brainwashing, of inducing behavior that is adjusted by (preferably) non-injurious torture."
Ars longa, vita brevis


Beautifully rendered, Chrysalis Colossus is a page-turner of a different order - cosmorder.
"There are no ordinary tickets," the good people at the Blue Unicorn Travel Company had explained to me earlier. "There are no vehicles to be boarded. You simply eat the tickets, and be transported."

My lover and I ate the tickets, and waited."
The author of InfoWar - Final Frontier of the Digital Revolution - Behind the ElectroMagnetic Curtain, which is but a part of The Truth About The Internet, also claims "I Broke PGP". Strangely yet succulently contained within what must surely be a master(s)work is a short excerpt of an interview; a long excerpt from which is quoted below.
"As Plato pointed out, "When the mode of music changes, the walls of the city shake." So when you have modern free speech in idiomatic language that people can understand and are interested in, immediately it becomes a political issue. Demagogues want to hush it up because people get to know too much. If you can get people by the balls you control their most deep-seated emotions, which are erotic. Once you control that you control all the other emotions. You take emotional control, blank out the Eros, and substitute a lot of violence."
.....in which we learn how to Interrupt Pathological, Media-Simulated Social Interaction, in our spare time! This ad neutralizing idea is brought to us by the Idiosyntactix Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia, and folks just like me.
"The counter-experiment described below is designed to interrupt pathological, media-simulated social interactions by distorting mediated human faces in such a way that they no longer successfully simulate human faces. At the same time, the method of distortion comments on the sinister nature of the interrupted mind-fuck."
Perhaps the sane explication of our implicit need to collectively co-habit lies in creating a global field of interconnected Intentional Communities.
"Imagine again all this love
painting people in peace and life
And surrender to the dreamer
John was not the only one
We hope the moment too to come
and love change all as one"

Mark Borcherding
David Bohm, in conversation with E.T. Nada and Coleen Rowe , goes into the relationship of new to old brain, and the transtemporality of cognitive change.
"E.: In order to transmute, the entire thing has to be done all at once.

D.B.: That's it. It cannot be done in parts. It cannot take time."

KIPlog has created a sweet extention to his heady endeavours for us to savour - Foodlog, wherein Kiplog cooks and eats (and drinks); and writes a great hook!
The Dealer
"Tonight, at my local pub, I heard one of the other locals talking about making a run. Several other locals feigned either interest or disgust. I side stepped next to him and asked how much I could get. He gave me several choices of quantity and potency. I agreed to his terms and we shoke hands, the twenty in my hand passing to his, unoticed by the casual observer. I agreed to meet, at the same time, same place, tomorrow, and he would deliver the goods. I suggested, as is customary in these sorts of deals, that he 'take a little of the top' as an extra payment for his delivery. He said he can go through twenty bucks worth in one week by himself. He actually admitted that doing this stuff everyday couldn't be good for you.

I heard much about this stuff, the strong and potent variety, as well as the mellow and comforting kind. I had done the softer stuff, but now, I was taking the big step, getting someone to get me the harder stuff. I was experimenting with sausage. Italian sausage."
Laws of Form by G. Spencer Brown is one of the seminal books of our modern era. Reviewer Bobby Matherne quotes enough of the juicy bits that, even though this is more personal reflections of its application to the Evolution of Consciousness than actual critical appraisal, it is a truly distinctive read.
"The theme of this book is that a universe comes into being when a space is severed or taken apart. The skin of a living organism cuts off an outside from an inside. So does the circumference of a circle in a plane. By tracing the way we represent such a severance, we can begin to reconstruct, with an accuracy and coverage that appear almost uncanny, the basic forms underlying linguistic, mathematical, physical, and biological science, and can begin to see how the familiar laws of our own experience follow inexorably from the original act of severance. The act is itself already remembered, even if unconsciously, as our first attempt to distinguish different things in a world where, in the first place, the boundaries can be drawn anywhere we please."
Laura Martz makes mincemeat of Calvin and bakes a tasty yet tangy TAZ tart. Free Time! Ludicity and the Anti-work Ethic
"To sustain itself, consumer capitalism relies on (1) the maintenance of an outdated survival imperative and work ethic, and (2) a totalizing commodification and consumerism, which necessitates work beyond perceived survival needs."
The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences has been described as having an I Ching nature. Open a page...any page.
"At the core of MITECS are 471 concise articles.... Each article was written by a leading researcher on the topic, and provides an accessible introduction to an important concept in the sciences of cognition."

Today's ride on the crest of curative opinion deposits me in the inimitable, perhaps trans-fathomable vortex of Kalotics; What is to be Done With Our World? Forty Basic Problems and Their Solutions: Forty Stases and Theses by Alfred de Grazia. Beyond any ready summary, this is part of a huge site - Grazian Archive consists of some 125, 000,000 bytes of which about 25 million represent pictures.
"The pictures are difficult to comprehend as a story, but are intriguing; the propositions are hard to grasp, too, being highly general and abstract, possibly shocking, and employing various exotic terms: so the viewer will look at the picture and turn in perplexity to the words and thereupon turn back to the picture, and will also go from thesis to stasis and back, and from one number to another and back. In all, her mind will be churning, and if she is in company, conversation and argument will ensue."
Sick political games are played between leaders
and followers, and called government 
of the people, by the people, and for the people; 
the winners are those who can inspire 
moral indignation over trivia.

Bionomics: Economy as Ecosystem Outline gives us the meat, dessert and lemon water in this concisely argued and well presented version of the book. Many an overstuffed tome could do well with this kind of treatment, especially when placed online.
"Think of this as something like a movie preview (except that we included the ending, not just the sex and car chases)."
Theories that dis-enlighten most are those that see non-normative behavior as needing treatment. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment; A Research-Based Guide claims that it is the first-ever, science-based guide to drug addiction treatment, and in making such a statement lowers science to the role of promoting cultural values. In the relative sense many of these suggestions may have transient, and even contradictory effects, rendering the "patient" more confused than ever. Removing criminal sanction and relieving poverty are the only real hope.

Beware the behaviorist , for it dost gyre and gimble in the wabe; and with our head goes galumphing back. A next logical step in mind control will be....oh my, best not give those jabberwocks any more ideas!
"For the past 6 years, the psychological science community has been developing a national behavioral science research agenda that illustrates the potential of behavioral science research in addressing critical areas of concern to this country."
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

The Church of Insanity is sweet relief for my free brain rolling around in it's case of cultural inanity. I can see, my world-view is complete, I have understood the Five Steps to Utopia.
"This is real truth"

Ah, what a few items from the store and a touch of nefarious intention can do! Impact of Artificial "Gummy" Fingers on Fingerprint Systems
"Matsumoto tried these attacks against eleven commercially available fingerprint biometric systems, and was able to reliably fool all of them. The results are enough to scrap the systems completely, and to send the various fingerprint biometric companies packing. Impressive is an understatement."
I hereby challenge all concerned Canadians to raise a voice, place a newspaper ad, throw a benefit, or perform any and all other possibilities to tell the Excited States of America that if they attempt to influence our Senate's inquiry into the decriminalization of marijuana the consequences will be sure and true. We'll, well, we'll, uhh, we'll complain a lot...a LOT!!, d'ya hear ....

A freshly cured bud to drat fink for directing me to Canadian marijuana reform concern to U.S. Our darling old Senators are finally earning their salary: ...today in Regina they kicked off a series of meetings aimed at looking at whether it's time to take smoking pot off the list of crimes in Canada. And framing these discussions is a little-noticed report they've just issued reaching some startling conclusions.
"The U.S. is closely watching the Canadian marijuana debate and is working behind the scenes to influence the outcome. Next month the president's chief of drug policy attend a drug conference in Quebec and he'll make sure his counterparts understand the U.S. opposes liberalization.

As for the Canadian government, solicitor general Lawrence Macaulay did not respond when asked if Canada is being pressured by (the, sic) U.S."
jimslog brought my attention to its widest aperture. What Big Bang? ask Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin - TIHKAL: The Continuation. We do indeed Requiescat in pace.
"So the Big Bang is presented within our present day science as a miracle, nothing more and nothing less. It is a pleasure to watch the contortions that our revered scientists go through in their compulsion to fit all observations into a theory that will support, or at least be at peace with, this Big Bang miracle."

I don't usually look at webcams, but this is close to home...35km south. The CarcrossCam - Located in Canada's Yukon Terrritory, at 60 10' N, 134 42'W.
"...sunrise today was at 5:19, sunset will be at 10:31 (Pacific Daylight Savings Time). We're gaining about 5 minutes of light each day now."
Murray Lundberg, from whose window above webcam peers, gifts us with a first class resource. ExploreNorth
"The regions we cover are Alaska, the Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Faroe Islands and the northern parts of the Russian Federation.

With original articles and photos, and background material on the culture, environment and economy of the North, you will find information here that is available nowhere else. And if you need help with travel planning or homework, just click on whichever of the interactive features you like."
"Live" from what was the North Pole on April 28, 2002. 39 degrees 50 minutes north of Murray Lundberg's home, this is the first time a Web Cam has been deployed at the North Pole.


The Annals of Improbable Research - Special Pizza, Sex, and Television (and Cheese) Issue! The Effect of Television on Sexual Behavior - thanks to Grafyte News
"Conclusion: Television is an effective method of birth control."
Belated congratulations to Edge for its 100th issue! Answers are always partial. Questions, properly asked, have th'answer wrapped within the wider wonder. What is your question?...Why? - 2002 Edition There, but for the grace of questions, go we.
"Why do we continue to act as if the universe were constructed from nouns linked by verbs, when we know it is really constructed from verbs linked by nouns?"
Fire is a season in the Yukon. Summer (and spring and fall) are often reminisced during the other season as good or bad depending on the balance of beautiful yet dangerous sunny heat, and grey, cool wet gloom; hardly the break from a seven month snowathon we require. Fire is of course Gaia's equivalent of brushing her hair lest she get dreadlocks; but all too often munificently helped along by miscreant or incautious humans.

I came within a whim of the wind to losing my little home on Saturday. My neighbor lost a hectare of forest but the water bombing helicopters and fire departments from all over managed to quell the blaze, which could have quickly grown out of control.

The dogs and I will do a rain prance and howl on our day-lit night's walk...and wait til next freeze-up to barbeque.

As the greenery begins, well, greening, I would like to reprise a tiny essay I wrote some time ago. I still hold this hypothesis to be self-evident.
Something that's near and dear to me, except when it's regurgitated remains are on the carpet, is grass. Now, I am not usually of a state in which anything gets returned to sender, so the more astute among you will realize that I have dogs, and that it is their green nibbles to which I refer.

I believe, through long association with these creatures, that various grass species are used by dogs as entheogens, the canine equivalent of cannabis and the tryptamines. This is a bold statement I realize, and being unable to do brains-on research I cannot cite any studies that would substantiate or debunk my claim. I am, though, convinced that all animals keep themselves in neurochemical optimum (ecstasy, lifeful wonder, high attention) by means of of intentionally injested plants, fungi and combinations thereof.

I could go on at length about the behaviors that I have observed, most of them very subtle and a few of them quite gross. Most interesting is the care with which my Siberians choose their daily graze. Usually only the tender shoots of the younger members of a very light green variety, gently nuzzled before decapitating with the scissor teeth. Masticated with obvious distaste (wouldn't it be psilly if humans did that?), swallowed, retained for a time and then, with luck, deposited daintily into the garbage bag (well, okay, how about on my shoes), it is surely not for nothing that this elaborate ritual is so enjoyed.

All foods being equal and all excreta of nominal quality (dogs and babies, eh?, sheesh), it is not for digestive enzymes that the greeneries are eaten; but rather that dogs, and perhaps all higher life, are literally that way.
The Physical World is a lay course from the Open University that covers the grand sweep of current (concensus) understanding in physics. Recommended for its easy accessibility and well-written nature.
"Studying physics will change you as a person. At least it should."
Cease to be ruled by dogmas and authorities; look at the world!

Sorry, but your soul just died
"A decade ago Francis Fukuyama shook the world of ideas with his assertion that we had reached the end of history. Now he has looked into the future and doesn't like what he sees. In these exclusive extracts from his eagerly anticipated new book he argues that science runs the risk of destroying humanity as we know it."
Public Secrets - Collected Skirmishes of Ken Knabb contains The Joy of Revolution and Confessions of a Mild-Mannered Enemy of the State. Both penned in '97, they make obvious the increasing impossibility of realizing a post-modern democracy.
"Dissolution of all external power
Direct and total democracy
Practical unification of decision and execution
Delegates who can be revoked at any moment by those who have mandated them
Abolition of hierarchy and independent specializations
Conscious management and transformation of all the conditions of liberated life
Permanent creative mass participation
Internationalist extension and coordination

Once these features are recognized and implemented, it will make little difference whether people refer to the new form of social organization as "anarchy," "communalism," "communist anarchism," "council communism," "libertarian communism," "libertarian socialism," "participatory democracy" or "generalized self-management," or whether its various overlapping components are termed "workers councils," "antiwork councils," "revolutionary councils," "revolutionary assemblies," "popular assemblies," "popular committees," "communes," "collectives," "kibbutzes," "bolos," "motes," "affinity groups," or anything else. ("Generalized self-management" (boldness mine) is unfortunately not very catchy, but it has the advantage of referring to both means and goal while being free of the misleading connotations of terms like "anarchy" or "communism.")"
CIA admits foreknowledge of 9/11
thanks UnKnown News
"We had very, very good intelligence of the general structure and strategies of the al Qaeda terrorist organization. We knew and we warned that al Qaeda was planning a major strike. There need be no question about that."
CIA Deputy Director James Pavitt
April 11, 2002
address to the Duke University Law School Conference
Let's take an Arianna Huffington blast from the past; How to Overthrow the Government - A Tale of Two Nations
"It's time to throw a tent over Washington and fumigate."
Monogamy as a Prisoners Dilemma: Non-Monogamy as a Collective Action Problem
"But in the elaboration of the contemporary matrix for non-monogamy we do discover a counter-intuitive result: even those with strong preferences for non-monogamy, who have freed themselves from internal and external costs from such deviance, and are committed to tolerating non-monogamy in their partners, even this minority is trapped in monogamy by a prisoner's dilemma. As long these libertines are each pursuing the best situation for themselves, all the non-monogamous arrangements collapse, and the libertines are forced to revert to monogamy. "
Question: What is your opinion about a married person having sexual relations with someone other than the marriage partner--is it always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all?

Ecology, Desire and Revolution: An Interview with Chaia Heller
I think that desire is need becoming increasingly free. It is the subject becoming increasingly free from the realm of necessity, as necessity becomes increasingly subjective. For example, the need for food becomes the conscious, subjective desire for a kind of food. This is a dialectic that marks both history and natural history. And so I think that there is a very compelling relationship between the dialectic of freedom and necessity and desire and need, which inspired Bookchin to write a very important essay in the 60's called "Desire and Need."
"One of the biggest obstacles I encounter in academia when talking to people about revolutionary ideas is the incredible adherence to pragmatism. People are concerned and preoccupied with the question of "how possible is your strategy." First of all, they reduce your vision to a strategy - asking 'how realistic is your strategy' - and if they feel that it's not realistic or likely to be efficient or successful, they feel it is entirely reasonable to dismiss you."


As Peter Russel tells us in the prologue to his book Waking Up In Time: This book is not about one single theme. It is a tapestry of ideas; a picture of many colors, drawing upon many areas -- physics, biology, philosophy, religion, psychology, and personal experience, to name but some. Not all of the ideas will be new to you. What may be new is the picture that forms as the various themes weave together. Then the familiar becomes fascinating, and a new vision emerges of ourselves and our place in the Universe. Excusing the metaphorical use of what is now a tragic graveyard, below is a most illustrative example of our singularly accelerating flow. Thanks to Notes from a Life in Progress for the pointer.
"Such lengthy time-scales are so far from our everyday experience that it is hard to appreciate just how rapidly evolution has been gaining speed. To get a better feel for these changes, let us chart the evolution of life against a more familiar visual image - New York' s tallest building, the quarter-mile-high World Trade Center.

If we make street level the formation of our planet 4.6 billion years ago, then the first living cells appeared about 3.5 billion years ago, on the twenty-fifth floor of the building's 108 stories. Photosynthesis evolved around the fiftieth floor, and bacteria that breathed oxygen came another ten floors later - more than half way up.

More complex cells, capable of sexual reproduction and with a central nucleus, appeared around the seventieth floor. Multicellular organisms came another ten floors above that - and crustaceans ruled the waves on the ninety-fourth floor.

Fish appeared on the ninety-seventh floor, and crawled out of the sea on the ninety-ninth.

Dinosaurs reigned on floors 104 to 107.

And mammals arrived on the top floor.

But Homo erectus first did not walk on two legs until a few inches from the top of the top floor. It had taken 99.99 percent of life' s journey to reach this step - and humanity was only just beginning.

The Neanderthals with their enlarged brains, simple tools, and tribal culture appeared in the last quarter of an inch. Then came Cro-Magnon people with clothes, painting, and language.

The Pharaohs ruled Egypt a fiftieth of an inch from the top. And the Greek and Roman empires thrived a hundredth of an inch above that.

The Renaissance occurred in the top one-thousandth of an inch - less than the thickness of a layer of paint.

While the whole of modern history occupies but the thickness of a microscopic bacterium.

And the age of the microchip, rock'n'roll, nuclear power, moon-walks, global warming, and the Internet is a layer almost too thin to measure.

One thing is clear: wherever we are going, we are going there faster and faster.

But where are we going? What does the future hold in store?"
Keith Morris (former UK ambassador to Colombia) recounts his recognition of The Failure of Prohibition. Also available at the Drug Policy Alliance Online Library is The Center for International Policy, which offers a comprehensive source of information and analysis about peaceful efforts to end Colombia's conflict and the United States' increasing military involvement.
"I must admit that it took me a long time to accept the arguments for legalisation. While others arrived there much earlier through theories of personal freedom or through dealing with users medically or in the social services, it was my experience of the drugs war on the hottest of its front lines-Colombia- that began my change of mind."
To come to our senses, or perhaps put them in their place, Ardeshir Mehta muses with an ESSAY: On Mind.
"But it may be argued that one's own self or mind -- or at least its functioning, in the sense of experiences, thoughts, emotions, and so on -- is perceived directly. However, this argument again presupposes that which remains to be proved -- only in this case, what it presupposes is that there is anything that can be called "one's own"!

Note that the phrase "one's own", in this regard, means "belonging to one's self". In other words, the existence of the self is presupposed in order for the argument to be made. Such an argument is therefore invalid."

There was a time when great writers inspired leaps of understanding, and when grokking those bounds out of the common concensus was considered philosophically treasonous. I remember as an intellectually promiscuous thirteen year old reading A.S. Neill's Summerhill and trying to pass on my newly gained vision of of an egalitarian, "free school" approach to education. Well, as you can imagine, the masters of the industrial learning complex would have none of my (actually the great Neill's) sense.

This is, in so many ways, analogous to the way I feel now. In the early Seventies we felt an optimism that sense would indeed prevail and that the Grand Lie of Nixon and His Kisser would give way to a Trudeau liberalism. The capitalists would have none of this, and through Reagan, Thatcher, Mulroney et al. re-established colonialism, calculatingly redefined as globalism.

Our hope as a species relies on restraint. We expect that those with ultimate destructive ablity will refrain from using those skills, and yet we also trust that these same megaliths will refrain from creating enforced belief systems. This is a memetic aberration that we ignore at direst peril.

Alan Watts grokked all this and was able to transcend rediculous dogma with pragmatic sigma. With a forward by Tim Leary and Richard Alpert, The Joyous Cosmology is a vision for the age...exactly contrary to the capitalist meta-meme lawn order.
"The feeling that there is something wrong in all this revolves around a contradiction characteristic of all civilizations. This is the simultaneous compulsion to preserve oneself and to forget oneself. Here is the vicious circle: if you feel separate from your organic life, you feel driven to survive; survival-going on living-thus becomes a duty and also a drag because you are not fully with it; because it does not quite come up to expectations, you continue to hope that it will, to crave for more time, to feel driven all the more to go on. What we call self-consciousness is thus the sensation of the organism obstructing itself, of not being with itself, of driving, so to say, with accelerator and brake on at once. Naturally, this is a highly unpleasant sensation, which most people want to forget."
I have an inkling that Weather Warfare may just be the most under-reported story that is of potentially global significance. Michel Chossudovski provides a brief for Toward Freedom Magazine. Yes, I realize I'm harping on about this...see recent entries as well as other pertinent links in the Big Brother section of this site.
"World-renowned scientist Dr. Rosalie Bertell confirms that "US military scientists are working on weather systems as a potential weapon." As The Times of London reported on November 23, 2000, "The methods include the enhancing of storms and the diverting of vapor rivers in the Earth's atmosphere to produce targeted droughts or floods." "
Jammed with information, this resource helps duct tape together a more full-blown explanation of what-the-HAARP is going on in the Alaskan bush. A trice more conspiratorial, yet chock full of chunky cultish tidbits and freshly butchered science, is Esoteric Info on Electromagnetic Weapons .
"Human Tolerances to whole body sinusodal vibration: Head Pain 13-30Hz, Impaired Speech 13-20Hz, Jaw Pain 6-8Hz, Chest Pain 5-7Hz, Abdominal Pain 4.5 - 10 Hz, Lombotacral Pain 8-12Hz, Urge to defecate 10.5 to 16 Hz, Urge to urinate 10 to 18 Hz.

"Possible effects include instantaneous death, heart seizure, severe emotional disruption, loss of control of internal functions, diseases, disabling of the immune system, and even implantation of thoughts, emotions, and ideas which are interpreted by the subjects as their own."
Biohazards of Extremely Low Frequencies by Dr. Nick Begich takes a less alarmist, and more concise view; and brings attention to the tranfers of these nasty technologies from military to domestic users.
"The United States military has taken advantage of the basic research which demonstrates the effects of various types of electromagnetic radiation. This research is being used for weapons development. These new technologies have been, in part, transferred to the United States Justice Department for use in domestic police actions. The Air Force documents indicate that these weapons can be used for mind control, inducing heart attacks, causing electronic failures and creating computer malfunctions. More recently these new weapons have been revealed in International Red Cross documents and in other press reports."
Victims Of The Nuclear Age, by Dr. Rosalie Bertell
"Despite the authorities' attempt at concealment, we can still begin to enumerate the real victims of the nuclear age. Although the calculations and statistics which I have brought to bear below do not include all of the human suffering that has been caused by the nuclear age, a closer look will show that the methodology is adequate for a first estimate of major damage. The magnitude of the harm already caused is startling, and even more so when we realise many types of damage have been omitted from this first estimate."
When making your summer holiday plans, consider a trip up our amazing motorway. Trail of '42 - The History of the Alaska Highway gives a quick overview of the titanic feat that easily equated to the Panama Canal in both scale and human tragedy. Many of the military personnel were southerners utterly unaccustomed to and ill prepared for a northern climate. For a whole bunch of historical and other yummy stuff about my neck o' th' woods, the Carcross Community School has a fine resource.
"At the Alaska border, over 1,200 miles from Dawson Creek, the route traversed through the Tanana River Valley connecting Northway and Tok to Delta Junction where the road connected with the Richardson Highway, built in the 1920s. Delta Junction is recognized by some and Fairbanks by others as the official end of the highway."
Today this is one of the world's great highways


wood s lot points to The centre at the edge - Hugh Brody is interviewed by Anthony Barnett, Todd Gitlin, David Hayes and Tom Nairn
"But on the other hand, when someone like me returns after living for a long time in a hunter-gather community, and describes the quality of family life, respect for the elderly and the care for children, abundance of food, generous egalitarianism and the strength of individuals - and these are sociological facts not romanticised generalisations - people scream about 'romanticising'.

Why are they screaming? The account is factual, and often consistent with other accounts. I think the protest often comes because the challenge is not quite bearable. Our society often needs a screen between the prevailing ideology of the nation-states we live in and the implied criticism that the facts of hunter-gatherer life present to this ideology."
The above discussion links to a classic essay - The Original Affluent Society, by Marshall Sahlins
"Rather, a pristine affluence colours their economic arrangements, a trust in the abundance of nature's resources rather than despair at the inadequacy of human means. My point is that otherwise curious heathen devices become understandable by the people's confidence, a confidence which is the reasonable human attribute of a generally successful economy."
It's amazing that hidden within the ramblings of over-active imaginations there is, on occasion, a germ. This quote from Supplement to Adventures With the Cassiopaeans puts the capitalist "new world odor" in its stinky place.
"The question must be asked: if the Economic elite backed the Nazis, why didn't the Nazis win? They did. It was all about shifting the Control System to another geographic location under cover of war. The objective was to use war and genocide to degrade and demoralize humanity - specifically those with ideas of Freedom - so that they will ultimately accept serfdom under the guidance of Uncle Sam and Big Brother. The purpose of this "globalization" was to institutionalize the political power of the Economic cartels. This was the hidden agenda behind the creation of the scientific "think tank" at Princeton, the luring of the great scientific minds to the service of the Economic cartels, the development of Game Theory, and it is all being implemented in the current "war on terrorism." "
May I Be First, Gaia Year Two

Freshened by spring - entheated by buddess Supremo, grounded by chorus obligato, aerated by mead carbonato and enlightened by sol persistus, life returns to the Yukon.

Currently sunrise is around 5AM, and as I write at 9PM there is at least two hours of 'readable' light left. The river torrents its ice as an irascible neighbor evicted without prejudice; and entirely within the flow. My driveway, such as it is considering I have no vehicle and so rely on the tracks of friebors to break trail, still has some ice but is now mostly mud.

The grizz and the mice, martens and myriad mad meateaters will soon ensure that my garbage goes to the dump promptly rather than remain frozen within the winter-safe confines of the shed. Every walk I take through the bush will be marked by a thought, however fleeting, that I am not mamalus primus. That, faster than a speeding thought, a cougar or bear could make me meat.

Tasty as I'm sure I would be, a healthy snack I would be NOT. As the prime bio-concentrators of our own wasted overindulgence my disemboweled demise would ironically poison the hunter. The last laugh would be mine, if jaded.

Yukon Artist Jim Robb

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee