Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell’s 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age.
Amazon operators used the Kindle wireless network, called WhisperNet, to quietly delete the books from people’s devices and refund them the money they’d paid.
An uproar followed, with outraged customers pointing out the irony that Amazon [...]
(CNN) – There has been another confirmed case of a mysterious new SARS-like virus.
The Saudi health ministry informed the World Health Organizationthat a 39-year-old man was hospitalized with the novel coronavirus on February 28 and died two days later.
So far, WHO has recorded 15 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including nine deaths, since the fall.
The Saudi patient did not appear to have had any contact with anyone who was already infected. [...]
A team of scientists will publish their five-year long study of DNA samples from a novel hominin species, commonly known as “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch,” on Friday February 15th, 2013.
The results suggest that the legendary Sasquatch is extant in North America and is a human relative that arose approximately 13,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an novel primate species.
The study, “Novel North American Hominins, Next [...]
Jack Andraka’s new test detects pancreatic cancer earlier than any other
Deadly disease currently kills 19 out of 20 within five years
He claims his invention could raise survival rates to ‘close to 100 per cent’
A 15-year-old schoolboy could save millions of lives after he invented a new, low-cost test that can detect the early stages of a deadly form of cancer.
Jack Andraka from Crownsville, Maryland, developed a simple dip-stick test for [...]
Are voters responsible for the government they elect?
That’s the question inherent in a novel proposal billionaire Dallas investor Mark Cuban briefly detailed during an online discussion in December. In answering a question on business taxes, Cuban said:
I believe in taking responsibility for the circumstances we find ourselves in. As a citizen I voted for a bunch of the idiots in office. When they were doing stupid shit, I stood by [...]
“The Hobbit” actor Ian McKellen said in an interview published on Tuesday that he has had prostate cancer for the last six or seven years, but added that the disease was not life-threatening.
McKellen, 73, played Gandalf in the hit “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy, and reprises the role in three prequels based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit”.
The first of those, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, recently had its [...]
Take heed all you doomers, preppers and disease reporters.
The World Health Organization finally found the time to tell us of some new coronavirus patients in the Middle east. Seems the whole family has been infected and showed symptoms, some severe. This new SARS like respiratory killer, was supposedly not infectious between humans and has been downplayed bigtime.
I don’t profess to be a fearmonger, but I am warning you to keep an [...]
November 9th, 2012
Coming soon to a home theater near you; from the producers of Full Spectrum Survival:
“An explosive narrative following a catastrophic collapse. The movie follows groups of preppers after an event who must use every resource at their disposal to survive in a post collapse society.
In this movie you will find yourself following people from varying walks of life as they adapt their lives to a new and lawless [...]
The longer that overfed-mice stayed obese, the less likely correction of their diet and activity had long-term success in normalizing weight
Joint research between the University of Michigan and the Argentina-based National Council of Science and Technology (CONICET) has shed light on one of the most frustrating mysteries of weight loss – why the weight inevitably comes back.
A novel animal model showed that the longer mice remained overweight, the more “irreversible” [...]
Kai Ryssdal: Sure, there were some economic numbers out this morning. First-time claims for unemployment benefits: Meh. And housing starts: Also meh.
But how ’bout this? Trash. Garbage. Waste. Refuse. Therein, my friends, lies the economic truth. It came to me in a chart I saw online the other day — railroad carloads of trash, as correlated to GDP. And the correlation is pretty close, too.
Read more: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/tracking-economy-and-gdp-through-trash
From Washington’s Blog:
In George Orwell’s novel 1984, the country of Oceania has been in a war against Eurasia for years.
Oceania suddenly switches sides, naming Eastasia as its enemy and making its mortal enemy, Eurasia, its new ally.
The government uses propaganda to convince people that, “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.” The dumbed-down public doesn’t even notice that they’ve switches sides, and blindly rallies around Eurasia as its perennial friend and [...]
WASHINGTON _ Senate Democrats — holding firm against extending tax cuts for the rich — are proposing a novel way to circumvent the Republican pledge not to vote for any tax increase: Allow all the tax cuts to expire Jan. 1, then vote on a tax cut for the middle class shortly thereafter.
The proposal illustrates the lengths lawmakers are going to in an effort to include new federal revenues in [...]
Newt Gingrich issued a warning, based on the destructive storms that hit the Washington, D.C. area over the weekend, on Twitter:
Friend and coauthor bill forstchen notes washington-baltimore blackout mild taste of what an emp (electromagnetic pulse) attack would do
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 2, 2012
And, later, the former Republican presidential candidate added:
Forstchen’s novel “one second after” is an amazingly vivid story ofsmall town’s struggles after all electricity has been destroyed by [...]
BRASILIA, June 25 (Reuters) – Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded federal penitentiary system a novel way to shorten their sentences: four days less for every book they read.
Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil’s most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of
literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year, the government announced.
A new short-term bond auction has been announced in Germany and the yield is…
Now short term German bonds have traded such that rates have gone negative, but what’s novel here is the announcement of a 0% coupon.
So you’re giving your money to Germany for two years and getting back the exact same amount. You just have the privilege of someone holding it for you.
But hey, there’s so much demand for [...]
March 31, 2012
While the Food and Drug Administration has seemingly reached the limit for unbelievable behavior, the company’s decisions continue to astound and appall consumers and health activists alike. In the agency’s latest decision, undoubtedly amazing thousands of individuals yet again, the FDA virtually erased 1 million signatures and comments on the ‘Just Label It’ campaign calling for the labeling of genetically modified foods.
FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign
The ‘Just Label [...]
March 25, 2012
Ian McEwan, the writer whose 2005 novel Saturday was widely interpreted as making the case for military intervention in Iraq, said on Sunday any attack on Iran with the aim of destroying its nuclear capability would end in disaster.
Speaking at the Guardian’s Open Weekend festival, McEwan said: “I belong to that very large cohort who think it would be absolutely disastrous to attack Iran … I think [...]
From Dumb Little Man:
We all wish we had just a bit more time.
Just think what you could do with an extra hour or two each day: you could finally stick to an exercise routine, or spring-clean the house, or write your novel, or learn the guitar, or get a new qualification.
I can’t magically make all your days 25 hours long… But I can help you find more hours in your [...]