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500px ISO » Unbelievable Photography » Fashion Photographer Emily Soto Reveals Her Favorite 500px Photos -
500px ISO » Unbelievable Photography » Fashion Photographer Emily Soto Reveals Her Favorite 500px Photos
some real fine portraits here! - daveeza from Bookmarklet
New superconductor-powered wind turbines could hit Australian shores in five years - ScienceAlert -
"New superconductor-powered wind turbines could be installed off the coast of Australia within the next five years to finally take advantage of the country’s 35,000 km of coastline, which offers up some of the best wind resources in the world. Developed by a team at the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, the wind turbines are a significant improvement on current technology. Right now, wind turbines cost about $15 million each to construct, and are super-heavy and tough to ship. They also require a whole lot of maintenance because they're run using a complex, heavy, and costly piece of machinery called a gear box. “In our design there is no gear box, which right away reduces the size and weight by 40 percent,” said lead researcher and materials scientist Shahriar Hossain. “We are developing a magnesium diboride superconducting coil to replace the gear box. This will capture the wind energy and convert it into... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Detailed Discussion Of Globalist Monetary System Reform | Ronmamita's Blog -
"One must not forget that the central banks themselves, just like the regular banks and corporations, are expendable fronts for those who hold power behind the scenes. And after 100 years of bribing, blackmailing, and killing, the elite families’ Fed parasite has thoroughly subsumed the US Government host. They can now discard the Fed and operate directly from the completely captured federal government. <<< The bottom line is this: regardless of how the new currencies are backed or who prints them, they are slave currencies. Because as long as a small “elite” get to decide how much currency will be circulated, who will receive it, and under what conditions it will be handed out, it remains a system of control. I think it better to devise our own local currencies / trading systems and leave the control freaks behind. In closing, I’ll share some passages I wrote in my second blog about what the globalists will try to do when they roll out the new system (as well as how they’ll start clamping down on us afterwards). From Lightworkers, welcome to the Borg: Basel III and Total Financial Control…" - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Chutzpah: $3.1 Billion US "Aid" to Israel as it “Buys” $2.75 billion Worth of F35 Jets - The New Observer -
"This is possibly one of the largest foreign military arms deals of recent times for the Lockheed Martin company which manufactures the F35 jets—possibly the most advanced fighter aircraft on earth—and the fact that the controlled media has blacked out the news of the “sale” to Israel, speaks volumes all by itself. About the only other place where one might be able to read of this incredible “deal” is in the Israeli news source YNet News. There, an article announced that: Israel bought 19 F-35s for $2.75 billion in 2010, with delivery scheduled between 2016 and 2018. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, visiting the United States last month, agreed a preliminary deal for 25 to 31 more planes subject to approval by the ministerial committee for defense purchases, sources said. According to YNet News, some in the Israeli government are even having second thoughts—not because of any other consideration apart from the fact that they will not make enough money out of the deal. According to Ynet... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Light-Filled Modern Photography Studio by FT Architects -
"By: Seamus Payne A Japanese architecture firm has created a photographer’s dream, a bright and functional work space for ambient light photography. This photography studio by FT Architects features translucent wall sections and a large angled skylight to suit the photographer’s work. It is a brilliant purpose-built space, formed in a progressive manner that inspires the eye of its occupant. A common principle of studio photography, and fine art before it, is the use of “key” lighting to illuminate the subject. Often, the key light is placed at a 45-degree angle above and to the side of the subject. This goes back to the days of Rembrandt, whose art showed fading light across the face and a triangular highlight on the cheek of the opposite side. In this photography studio, FT Architects has built this “Rembrandt Lighting” right into the architecture, by creating a large soft box of light angled down toward the studio’s center. In terms of functional design, this photography studio is... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Scientists urge governments to turn old TV frequencies into free “super WiFi” | Factor -
"Governments should sack plans to auction off old television frequencies to the highest bidder and instead use the bandwidth for free super-frequency WiFi if they want to boost the economy, scientists have said. Old television frequencies are becoming available for other uses around the world, thanks to a switch from analogue to digital transmission. However, while governments are for the most part auctioning these off to whoever is prepared to pay the most – usually mobile phone networks – they should instead be using the frequencies to create free-to-use, wide-range WiFi, scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have said. This new “super WiFi” would have a far wider range than existing WiFi networks, which are mostly transmitted over wireless local area networks (WLAN) at frequencies of 2GHz or above." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
EUobserver / Former Israeli law chief urges EU parliament to help recognise Palestine -
"The only question that remains is, what is the bloody price that both nations will pay, up until the liberation of the Palestinian people? In 2002, the Arab League adopted the Saudi initiative for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. As such, the Islamic non-Arab countries, adopted this peaceful initiative as well. This initiative in essence extended an olive branch to Israel from the Palestinians and the Arab states, in order to "…see an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish normal relations with Israel within the framework of a comprehensive peace agreement." This path will be about Israel’s regional integration peacefully, in turn realising the Zionist dream. With the prolonged occupation, we are not only losing the moral basis for Israel’s existence as a free and just society, but are also seriously jeopardising chances for the state’s sustainable existence. No security by sword alone Israel's security cannot be based solely on the sword, but rather also on... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The 4th Media » Living with Insanity Harper, Abbott, and Cameron at the Brisbane G-20 -
"Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is reported by a spokesman, to have had the following exchange with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the Brisbane G-20 summit: “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine.” Putin is said to have replied, “Impossible. Since we are not there.” A graceless bit of diplomatic crudity from a truly graceless man, Stephen Harper, someone Canadians know has a history of underhanded practices at home, from introducing ugly personal-attack campaign advertising, using secretive and bullying tactics in parliament, failing to deal with corrupt practices by subordinates especially an American-style election scandal of robo-calls which sent some voters to the wrong polls, to having appointed several unbelievably incompetent and corrupt ministers. He is known for a ferocious temper in private, a very controlling man who grants his political associates absolutely no freedom of expression,... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
We know. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Sex, Power, and High Heels: An Interview with Shoe Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack | Collectors Weekly -
"The earliest image of heeled footwear that I’ve ever seen so far is a depiction of a heeled boot worn by a horse-ride on a 9th century Persian ceramic bowl. The heel was invented in Near Eastern countries because it’s very good for keeping the foot in the stirrup. For these horseback-riding cultures, the high heel was a highly functional form of footwear—that’s why cowboys still wear boots with high heels today. For centuries, Europeans were fascinated with Near Eastern fashion, but it wasn’t until the 1590s that they became interested in heeled footwear. They had already borrowed a million other things from Near Eastern attire, and in 1590 they decided to borrow the heel. I think it had to do with political and socioeconomic development between Europe—specifically England—and Persia. The Persians had the strongest mounted military in the world, and they all wore heeled footwear. Across Europe, upper-class men embraced the heel and they used it for both its original purpose,... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
OPINION: Why Israel Opposes a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran and What to Do About It | Inter Press Service -
Between them, the Israeli and oil lobbies command a lot of attention in the U.S. Congress, a large part of whose members would otherwise accept that President Obama’s standard for an agreement meets the tests of both U.S. security and the security of its partners in the Middle East. But a large fraction of Congress is no more willing to take on these two potent lobbies than the National Rifle Association. Netanyahu will also do all he can to prevent the relaxation of any of the sanctions imposed on Iran. But even if he and his U.S. supporters succeed on Capitol Hill, President Obama can on his own suspend some of those sanctions—though exactly how much is being debated. The U.S. does not have the last word on sanctions, however. The moment there is a final agreement, the floodgates of economic trade and investment with Iran will open. Europeans, in particular, are lined up with their order books, like Americans in 1889 who awaited the starter’s pistol to begin the Oklahoma land rush.... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
After 13 years, 2 wars and trillions in military spending, terrorist attacks are rising sharply - The Washington Post -
"The report suggests that U.S. foreign policy has played a big role in making the problem worse: "The rise in terrorist activity coincided with the US invasion of Iraq," it concludes. "This created large power vacuums in the country allowing different factions to surface and become violent." Indeed, among the five countries accounting for the bulk of attacks, the U.S. has prosecuted lengthy ground wars in two (Iraq and Afghanistan), a drone campaign in one (Pakistan), and airstrikes in a fourth (Syria). The report defines terrorism as “the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.” The U.S. will invest somewhere between $4 and 6 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with untold additional resources spent on anti-terrorism efforts elsewhere, according to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. While we haven't suffered any major terrorist... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The missing piece of the climate puzzle | MIT News -
The missing piece of the climate puzzle | MIT News
"In classrooms and everyday conversation, explanations of global warming hinge on the greenhouse gas effect. In short, climate depends on the balance between two different kinds of radiation: The Earth absorbs incoming visible light from the sun, called “shortwave radiation,” and emits infrared light, or “longwave radiation,” into space. Upsetting that energy balance are rising levels of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), that increasingly absorb some of the outgoing longwave radiation and trap it in the atmosphere. Energy accumulates in the climate system, and warming occurs. But in a paper out this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, MIT researchers show that this canonical view of global warming is only half the story. In computer modeling of Earth’s climate under elevating CO2 concentrations, the greenhouse gas effect does indeed lead to global warming. Yet something puzzling happens: While one would expect the longwave radiation that escapes... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia - The Atlantic -
"Dubbed “Dementia Village” by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility—roughly the size of 10 football fields—where residents are given the chance to live seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it’s run like a more benevolent version of The Truman Show, if The Truman Show were about dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Like most small villages, it has its own town square, theater, garden, and post office. Unlike typical villages, however, this one has cameras monitoring residents every hour of every day, caretakers posing in street clothes, and only one door in and out of town, all part of a security system designed to keep the community safe. Friends and family are encouraged to visit. Some come every day. Last year, CNN reported that residents at Hogewey require fewer medications, eat better, live longer, and appear more joyful than those in standard elderly-care facilities." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Vets demanding better treatment from feds: 'Remember the living, too' | CTV News -
"“They’re not being treated well,” Blais said of Canada’s war veterans. “The sacred obligation is not being fulfilled.” The coalition of veterans’ organizations say the government is not providing adequate health and retirement benefits for injured soldiers and those dealing with mental health issues. They’re also upset over the government’s recent move to close a number of Veterans’ Affairs offices around the country. Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino and his New Veterans Charter have been roundly criticized by advocacy groups for clawing back benefits once offered to Canadian veterans. Veterans’ advocates have slammed the New Veterans Charter for providing lump sum payments instead of pensions, and for failing to adequately support the families of those killed while serving their country. They also say Canada needs to do more for those suffering from war-related mental illnesses, like post-traumatic stress disorder." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Banking, your number’s up - Editorials - Voices - The Independent -
"Two of the guilty banks – HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland – are British, and the latter is controlled by the taxpayer. While the forex markets do not touch as many people directly in the same way as Libor, they do play a key role in setting the values of foreign investments and the prices companies pay in their overseas dealings. None of that bothered the City traders concerned. Indeed what’s remarkable is how they formed small groups and gave themselves names like “the 3 musketeers”, “the A-team” and “1 dream, 1 team.” They sent each other messages, laced with four-letter language, that displayed a total contempt for their colleagues, clients and the rules. And for society at large. There is a wider point here, that those involved were boastful and arrogant to a degree that blows a hole in any claims by the banks that their organisations are staffed with folk who, while earning large sums of money, do care about the wider population, and do possess social consciences. Not according... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
still no frost, and wild bees foraging -
still no frost, and wild bees foraging
The Best Hidden Features of VLC -
"Desktop recording software ranges from poor quality and free to incredibly powerful and expensive. VLC manages to strike a balance between both. In our tests, it wasn't powerful enough to, say, screen record a movie. However, for showing someone a problem you're having on a computer or providing quick instructions on how to perform a task, it's more than enough. Under Media, click "Open Capture Device." Click the "Capture Mode" dropdown and select "Desktop." Modify the frame rate. 15 f/s will probably be good enough for desktop recording, though 30 may be required for more fast-paced movement. Click the dropdown arrow next to "Play" and select "Convert." In the "Profile" dropdown, choose MP4. At this step, you can click the tool icon to modify the settings of this profile. Here you can modify things like resolution or bitrate. We'll use the default settings for now, but you can come back here later if you need to tweak the final product. In the Destination box, choose a location to... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The Best Hidden Features of VLC -
"Desktop recording software ranges from poor quality and free to incredibly powerful and expensive. VLC manages to strike a balance between both. In our tests, it wasn't powerful enough to, say, screen record a movie. However, for showing someone a problem you're having on a computer or providing quick instructions on how to perform a task, it's more than enough. Under Media, click "Open Capture Device." Click the "Capture Mode" dropdown and select "Desktop." Modify the frame rate. 15 f/s will probably be good enough for desktop recording, though 30 may be required for more fast-paced movement. Click the dropdown arrow next to "Play" and select "Convert." In the "Profile" dropdown, choose MP4. At this step, you can click the tool icon to modify the settings of this profile. Here you can modify things like resolution or bitrate. We'll use the default settings for now, but you can come back here later if you need to tweak the final product. In the Destination box, choose a location to... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Fwd: A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source - (via
Kate Bornstein Is A Queer and Pleasant Danger—this is her blog: Who You Calling A Tranny? -
"Who You Calling A Tranny? Doris fish love forever This is Doris Fish, San Francisco's pre-eminent drag queen in the 1980's. She died in 1991 from AIDS-related diseases. She was generous, flamboyant, kind, and ultra talented. Her charisma rating was off the top of the chart. She'd moved to San Francisco from Sydney, Australia—then (and some say now) the undisputed home of the world's most fabulous drag queens. Doris took me under her delightfully feathered wings. I was afraid of her raw sexuality, but bowled over by her courage. Doris was amused by my quest to become a real woman. I learned from Doris that in Australia, from the 1960's through the 1970's, most all of the male-to-female spectrum of gender outlaw began their transition in the fabulous world of sexy, over-the top drag performance. Like me in the late 80’s in San Francisco, the majority of MTF transsexuals just wanted to live their lives as closely as possible to whatever their notion was of "a real woman." They... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
We may have a dengue vaccine by 2015, trial suggests | The Verge -
"When the trial's results were broken down by disease type, the vaccine offered a 95.5 percent protection against the most severe form of dengue during the 25-month period following vaccination. But that result wasn’t replicated for dengue serotypes I and II — less severe forms of dengue — where the efficacy rates were 50.3 percent and 42.3 percent, respectively. Still, Bernal says, "the study shows conclusive efficacy against each of the four dengue serotypes, including serotype II, which is indeed at the lower end compared to the other three serotypes." Overall, the results were very similar to those found in previous trials. The researchers who conducted the first large clinical trial found that the vaccine was 56.6 percent effective against dengue, whereas results from a second clinical trial found that the vaccine reduced the incidence of dengue by 60.8 percent. When the second trial’s results were released, Scott Halstead, scientific adviser to the nonprofit Dengue Vaccine... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The dolphin who loved me: the Nasa-funded project that went wrong | Environment | The Observer -
"Lilly's theory had special significance for another group of scientists – astronomers. "I'd read his book and was very impressed," says Frank Drake, who had just completed the first experiment to detect signals from extraterrestrial civilisations using a radio telescope at Green Bank in West Virginia. "It was a very exciting book because it had these new ideas about creatures as intelligent and sophisticated as us and yet living in a far different milieu." He immediately saw parallels with Lilly's work, "because we [both] wanted to understand as much as we could about the challenges of communicating with other intelligent species." This interest helped Lilly win financial backing from Nasa and other government agencies, and Lilly opened his new lab in the Caribbean in 1963, with the aim of nurturing closer relationships between man and dolphin. A few months LATER, in early 1964, Lovatt arrived. Through her naturally empathetic nature she quickly connected with the three animals and,... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The biggest CIA-drug money scandal you never read | PandoDaily -
"With the release of the new Gary Webb film “Kill The Messenger” and the sudden renewed interest in what goes on in that dark underbelly of the US Empire — drug running, money laundering, death squads, assassinations of lives and of reputations — I’m reminded of the incredible life and death of Nicholas Deak, the CIA’s Cold War banker hailed in Time magazine as “the James Bond of the world of money” until the mid-1980s, when his global finance empire was destroyed by Reagan Administration accusations of large-scale Latin American drug money laundering. The Reagan Commission on Organized Crime spent much of 1984 attacking Deak’s global foreign exchange firm, Deak-Perera. By the end of the year, Deak was forced to appear before the commission in a testy public interrogation; his financial empire collapsed within days. A year later, in 1985, Deak was assassinated in his Wall Street high-rise by a paranoid-schizophrenic bag lady from Seattle, who’d been hired for the job by Latin American... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Democracy is “Radical” in Northern Syria | Inter Press Service -
"“Since the arrival of the Baath Party to power in 1963, Syria has been a one-party state. There was no freedom of speech, human rights were systematically violated … It was a country fully under the control of the secret services,” explains Azam, who completed his doctorate in economics in Romania after spending several years in prison for his political dissent. Wounds from the recent past have yet to heal but, for the time being, Article 3 of the Social Contract describes Jazeera as “ethnically and religiously diverse” while three official languages are recognised in the canton: Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac. “All communities have the right to teach and be taught in their native language,” according to Article 9. But it is not just language rights that Azam is proud of. “The three regions under democratic self-management are an integral part of Syria,” he says, “but also a model for a decentralised system of government.” The members of government in Jazeera are either independent or... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
NYT Tried to Sell 'Pro-Growth' Candidate, but Brazilians Weren't Buying -
"Neves had promised to name as his finance minister Arminio Fraga, a hedge fund manager and "an unabashed champion of market capitalism and pro-growth government policies." "By any standard, we represent a pro-market, pro-growth approach," Fraga told Stewart, promising that Neves' policies would bring "renewed economic growth." So Brazilians voted to keep economic growth low? Well, even more than with most subjects in the news, international economics seems to be an area where reality is whatever journalists want to say it is. In Latin America in particular, "pro-growth" policies are not necessarily those that in the past have resulted in high growth (FAIR Blog, 1/16/14). Favéla do Prazères, Rio de Janiero (cc photo: Dany13) Investors may have the New York Times' ear, but they don't have as many votes as the favelas, where extreme poverty has decreased by almost two-thirds in recent years. (cc photo: Dany13) Mark Weisbrot, an economist who writes frequently about Latin America, wasn't... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Kill The Messenger: How The Media Destroyed Gary Webb -
"In the mid- to late '80s, a number of reports had surfaced that connected the Contras to the cocaine trade. The first was by Associated Press scribes Brian Barger and Robert Parry, who published a story in December 1985 that begins, "Nicaraguan rebels operating in northern Costa Rica have engaged in cocaine trafficking, in part to help finance their war against Nicaragua's leftist government, according to U.S. investigators and American volunteers who work with the rebels." Only a few outlets followed Barger and Parry's lead, including the San Francisco Examiner and the lefty mag In These Times, which both published similar stories in 1986, and CBS's "West 57th" TV series, which did a segment in 1987. A Nexis search of the year following Barger and Parry's revelation turns up a total of only four stories containing the terms "Contras" and "cocaine" -- one of them a denial of the accusation from a Contra spokesperson. Stories popped up here and there over the next decade, but many of... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The big papers had been pushing the same line for years. In 1987, New York Times reporter Keith Schneider had flatly dismissed a lawsuit filed by a liberal group charging that the Contras were funding their operations with drug money. "Other investigators, including reporters from major news organizations, have tried without success to find proof of aspects of the case," he writes,... more... - daveeza
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