Thursday, January 22, 2015

A life sealed within an envelope..waiting for the be written upon it...

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In this post, my first "What's on YOUR coffee table" for the year 2015, I examine the fragile state of human existence on Earth. Have we just been plain dumb lucky so far? 

"Night" is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust toward the end of the Second World War. In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative, Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity, in a place where everything is inverted, every value destroyed." It's a chilling read.

During his daily radio program, Dr. Michael Savage @ASavageNation often quotes philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist George Santayana: "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Winston Churchill used the phrase as well, which some claim dates back to 1700. Nonetheless, was it fate that brought the two books together on my coffee table? If planet Earth ever were invaded by an alien horde, would humanity experience "Night" on a much grander scale?

Australia's giant Parkes radio telescope detected a "fast radio burst," or FRB, last May. Researchers call FRBs, whose origins haven't been explained, "tantalizing mysteries of the radio sky." The first of such cosmic outbursts was detected in 2007.

While we may be interested to know here these radio signals originated, we may not want to alert the broadcasters to our presence here. I'm not wearing a tinfoil cap. And while I'm not expecting any 'visitors' anytime within my lifetime... "But of that day and hour no one knows."

Becky Ferreira @beckyferreira writes on motherboard "...the riddle of these radio eruptions is far from solved."  Theories abound.

In 2006, legendary genius Stephen Hawking spoke of the need to find a new home for man. According to him, our only chance of long term survival is to live on other planets. He is also a firm believer of the existence of biological life in many parts of the universe, but he warns against contact with extraterrestrial life. Most likely, aliens will represent a great danger to humans. They can conquer and plunder Earth, "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," he said.

But we may already have given away our existence on the big blue marble. First you have all the radio and television waves that have been floating out from earth through space since transmissions began, and that's a little more than a hundred years ago. Aliens could just be starting to pick them up, if not now, then any day now.

There's all the stuff we've been launching into space. And our biggest goof by far could be the Voyager spacecraft. There's more about summoning potential invaders here.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Friday, January 16, 2015

#swissfranc VS #Bitcoin

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2015 is going to be a very interesting year for the global economy (and your wallet). 

Falling gasoline prices are suddenly giving working-class folk new financial powers.  I recommend that instead of spending your hard-earned dollars on casinos, movies and Starbucks,  buy GOLD (you can start small - less than $100 will get you a nice gold coin online) and put cash you may have otherwise gambled away intoa #Bitcoin wallet! 
Brokers around the world are crumbling in the wake of the Swiss National Bank ’s shock decision to remove the cap on its currency.
A major U.S. currency broker warned its equity was wiped out, a U.K. retail broker entered insolvency and a global foreign-exchange trading house failed when they suffered big losses sparked by the Swiss central bank’s move, which stunned markets Thursday and is now forcing brokers from New Zealand and London to close their doors and face large losses.
On Friday, regulators in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand sought information from brokers about what happened. In Japan, the Finance Ministry was checking on trading firms after industry sources said the country’s army of mom and pop foreign-exchange traders suffered big losses. [More...]
Swiss-Franc Move Crushes Currency Brokers
In-Depth-Wall Street Journal-MUST READ

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

#CharlieHebdo "Survivor's Edition"

 The cover, as revealed Monday, features a caricature of the Islamic prophet Muhammad holding a sign that bears the global rallying cry: “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie,” with a secondary meaning of “I follow Charlie”). The caption above his head reads, “Tout est pardonné” — “All is forgiven.”

VIDEO reports The new issue sells out as 54 arrested for defending terrorism.
USA Today reports that on eBay's French site, copies were offered for sale at 12:46 p.m. local time were being bid on, for the price of $560.

View early morning images of people waiting to buy a copy. (The Guardian)

Copies of #CharlieHebdo were in Paris, London and New York. (The Guardian) | People in the U.S. didn't have a great chance of getting a copy. (New York Post) | Anais Bordages asked Parisians why they bought copies. Said one man: "I bought Charlie before the attacks." (BuzzFeed) | Related: Margaret Sullivan thinks The New York Times should publish the cover. (The New York Times) [Poynter]

Interview (in French) with Libération’s Isabelle Hanne :::
Luz à propos de la une de «Charlie Hebdo» : «C'était mon dernier jus»

OPINION: Toronto Star should have published Charlie Hebdo front cover: DiManno

You will not find the surprisingly restrained yet powerful cover of the new Charlie Hebdo edition republished in the Toronto Star. I cannot tell you how dismaying that is to me, because I love and respect the Star fiercely. Of course, I am not responsible for the safety of the hundreds of people who work at One…

Saturday, January 10, 2015

#CharlieHebdo ::: Arab Publications' Response

Cartoonists around the world have drawn responses to the brutal murders of the Charlie Hebdo staff. Two are presented below...
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