Trapped in A World He Never Made!

[Americans] have fallen prey to militarism, manifesting itself in a romanticized view of soldiers, a tendency to see military power as the truest measure of national greatness, and outsized expectations regarding the efficacy of force. To a degree without precedent in U.S. history, Americans have come to define the nation’s strength and well-being in terms of military preparedness, military action, and the fostering of (or nostalgia for) military ideals.

— Andrew Bacevich, as quoted in Jill Lepore’s “The Force: How much military is enough?” (via hipsterlibertarian)


mehreenkasana:

soupsoup:

Drone strikes: Where are Obama’s tears for those child victims?

In Yemen: 14 women, 21 children killed by a US cruise missile strike.

No tears for them.

The journalist who reported the casualties was called a “terrorist” by Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama for covering the deaths. That journalist is still in jail. 

There have been Pakistani and Yemeni children killed by these US strikes.

I implore you to watch this video.


mehreenkasana:

Ten young girls have been killed by a landmine explosion in eastern Afghanistan
We live in a world where mainstream media will not telecast (hypocritical) presidential tears, where moving odes by a dozen of bloggers and journalists and politicians for these Afghan children will never be shared because they don’t matter to begin with, where there are shameless alibis for mindless atrocities every single time they happen. A world where third world bodies are simply numbers once dead. This happened yesterday yet no one stepped away from their routine to gape at the horror of this tragedy. No one wrote letters to the mothers of these children, no one reached forward from the international community to console these fathers. No one bothered to understand why 700,000 mines and more than 15m other explosives still remain in the soil of Afghanistan where children, if they make the innocent mistake, strike an axe for wood, they die. They die and they are forgotten.
In a world like ours where crimes of magnanimous proportions are deliberately hidden from our sight, we lose these children every single day. Not only do we lose them but we are compelled to draw these comparisons of appalling inequality, indifference and injustice. Had this been an American child, we would have known. Media would urge us to remember. Down the lane, to recall. To register the innocent validly. But there are no obituaries, no candle light vigils, no heartfelt poems for third world bodies. There are prematurely politicized and posthumously examined to degrees that are inhumane. 
What can one do? What can one do when their very memory becomes a tool in the hands of a hegemony that uses our ability to recognize against each other. This collective amnesia, this reckless erasure of common decency. Every Empire creates dichotomous lunacy, pitting human against human, cognizance against cognizance. What one can do is speak and share. These Afghan girls were as precious as any child in the world. They, too, dreamed and laughed.
I don’t want anyone to disrespect their memory by feeling pity; I want you all to at least try to understand the glaring dissimilarity in our collective reaction to these mishaps. Remember everyone. From the children shot in schools to the children killed in explosions, they all demand to be remembered. In warm, strong words and thoughts. Let that reflection go on so others know. So we may try to make this world a little better for our children. Please remember.
Rest in peace, dil azeez pariyon.
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mehreenkasana:

Ten young girls have been killed by a landmine explosion in eastern Afghanistan

We live in a world where mainstream media will not telecast (hypocritical) presidential tears, where moving odes by a dozen of bloggers and journalists and politicians for these Afghan children will never be shared because they don’t matter to begin with, where there are shameless alibis for mindless atrocities every single time they happen. A world where third world bodies are simply numbers once dead. This happened yesterday yet no one stepped away from their routine to gape at the horror of this tragedy. No one wrote letters to the mothers of these children, no one reached forward from the international community to console these fathers. No one bothered to understand why 700,000 mines and more than 15m other explosives still remain in the soil of Afghanistan where children, if they make the innocent mistake, strike an axe for wood, they die. They die and they are forgotten.

In a world like ours where crimes of magnanimous proportions are deliberately hidden from our sight, we lose these children every single day. Not only do we lose them but we are compelled to draw these comparisons of appalling inequality, indifference and injustice. Had this been an American child, we would have known. Media would urge us to remember. Down the lane, to recall. To register the innocent validly. But there are no obituaries, no candle light vigils, no heartfelt poems for third world bodies. There are prematurely politicized and posthumously examined to degrees that are inhumane. 

What can one do? What can one do when their very memory becomes a tool in the hands of a hegemony that uses our ability to recognize against each other. This collective amnesia, this reckless erasure of common decency. Every Empire creates dichotomous lunacy, pitting human against human, cognizance against cognizance. What one can do is speak and share. These Afghan girls were as precious as any child in the world. They, too, dreamed and laughed.

I don’t want anyone to disrespect their memory by feeling pity; I want you all to at least try to understand the glaring dissimilarity in our collective reaction to these mishaps. Remember everyone. From the children shot in schools to the children killed in explosions, they all demand to be remembered. In warm, strong words and thoughts. Let that reflection go on so others know. So we may try to make this world a little better for our children. Please remember.

Rest in peace, dil azeez pariyon.


videogamenostalgia:

Street Fighter X Mega Man Available For Free Now!

You can download Capcom’s new free Mega Man title for free here! There are eight new bosses and brand new powers to use, along with a tangential relation to the previous stories. Some of your favorite Street Fighter characters serve as bosses this time!

Be sure to download it! It’s free!


climateadaptation:

Satellites and tide-gauges show that oceans are rising 60% faster than the worst case scenarios of climate scientists. This new report analyzing reality vs computer models shows that scientific estimates of rising sea levels were too low and too slow. 

“The rate of sea level rise of the past decades, on the other hand, is greater than projected by the IPCC models. This suggests that IPCC sea level projections for the future may also be biased low.”

This is very bad news, and I’m nearly speechless after reading the report… The folks at Climate Central, who wrote this piece covering the report, are much more optimistic than I am.

climateadaptation:

Satellites and tide-gauges show that oceans are rising 60% faster than the worst case scenarios of climate scientists. This new report analyzing reality vs computer models shows that scientific estimates of rising sea levels were too low and too slow. 

“The rate of sea level rise of the past decades, on the other hand, is greater than projected by the IPCC models. This suggests that IPCC sea level projections for the future may also be biased low.”

This is very bad news, and I’m nearly speechless after reading the report… The folks at Climate Central, who wrote this piece covering the report, are much more optimistic than I am.


scinerds:

Leukemia-Killing Plasma Beam Could Offer New Cancer Treatments

Patients battling the blood cancer leukemia could one day receive a new type of treatment that uses a plasma — a gas of electrically charged particles — to kill cancer cells while keeping the healthy cells intact, according to new research.
“We have a really amazing device,” said Mounir Laroussi, director of the laser and plasma engineering institute at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., “We can generate a beam of plasma that is around room temperature. It doesn’t burn anything; it doesn’t destroy or poke holes. You can touch it with your hand.”
After 10 minutes of treatment with the cold-plasma blowtorch, over 90 percent of leukemia cells were destroyed, according to the study published by Laroussi and research scientist Nazir Barekzi in October in the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics.

scinerds:

Leukemia-Killing Plasma Beam Could Offer New Cancer Treatments

Patients battling the blood cancer leukemia could one day receive a new type of treatment that uses a plasma — a gas of electrically charged particles — to kill cancer cells while keeping the healthy cells intact, according to new research.

“We have a really amazing device,” said Mounir Laroussi, director of the laser and plasma engineering institute at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., “We can generate a beam of plasma that is around room temperature. It doesn’t burn anything; it doesn’t destroy or poke holes. You can touch it with your hand.”

After 10 minutes of treatment with the cold-plasma blowtorch, over 90 percent of leukemia cells were destroyed, according to the study published by Laroussi and research scientist Nazir Barekzi in October in the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics.


Mine Kafon | Callum Cooper

A short documentary portrait on a designer who has created a low cost solution to landmine clearance.

The Mine Kafon is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if it’s among the ten that receives the most votes. If you love it, vote for it. Click on the VOTE button in the top right corner of the video player. Note that voting may not be available on all mobile platforms, and browser cookies must be enabled to vote.


thepeoplesrecord:

UAE bans Guy Fawkes masks… reallyNovember 21, 2012
In the UAE it is now illegal to wear a Guy Fawkes mask, the iconic symbol of the international hacktivist collective known as Anonymous. The clear implication of the new law is that the UAE government fears the power of the mask, and the Anonymous collective the mask represents.
On November 17, Gulf News reported that government authorities made the Guy Fawkes mask illegal in anticipation of December 2, which is National Day in the UAE. Any person found wearing a Guy Fawkes masks risks being taken into custody for police questioning.
The report cites a Dubai Police official who stressed the negative connotations of the mask, saying:

“Using any symbol that insults the country or instigates unrest against its system is not allowed. We urge citizens to celebrate using other symbols such as national flags, slogans or photos that are more appropriate to the happy occasion of National Day.”

Anonymous, and the Guy Fawkes mask, became a prominent feature of the Arab Spring uprisings. As a result, the mask is now a symbol of rebellion against tyrannical governments and regimes across the region, and across the world.
Source
It’s not the mask they should be afraid of; it’s the idea behind the mask!
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thepeoplesrecord:

UAE bans Guy Fawkes masks… really
November 21, 2012

In the UAE it is now illegal to wear a Guy Fawkes mask, the iconic symbol of the international hacktivist collective known as Anonymous. The clear implication of the new law is that the UAE government fears the power of the mask, and the Anonymous collective the mask represents.

On November 17, Gulf News reported that government authorities made the Guy Fawkes mask illegal in anticipation of December 2, which is National Day in the UAE. Any person found wearing a Guy Fawkes masks risks being taken into custody for police questioning.

The report cites a Dubai Police official who stressed the negative connotations of the mask, saying:

“Using any symbol that insults the country or instigates unrest against its system is not allowed. We urge citizens to celebrate using other symbols such as national flags, slogans or photos that are more appropriate to the happy occasion of National Day.”

Anonymous, and the Guy Fawkes mask, became a prominent feature of the Arab Spring uprisings. As a result, the mask is now a symbol of rebellion against tyrannical governments and regimes across the region, and across the world.

Source

It’s not the mask they should be afraid of; it’s the idea behind the mask!


laboratoryequipment:

New Metamaterial Lens Focuses Radio WavesIn many respects, metamaterials are supernatural. These manmade materials, with their intricately designed structures, bend electromagnetic waves in ways that are impossible for materials found in nature. Scientists are investigating metamaterials for their potential to engineer invisibility cloaks — materials that refract light to hide an object in plain sight — and “super lenses,” which focus light beyond the range of optical microscopes to image objects at nanoscale detail.Researchers at MIT have now fabricated a three-dimensional, lightweight metamaterial lens that focuses radio waves with extreme precision. The concave lens exhibits a property called negative refraction, bending electromagnetic waves — in this case, radio waves — in exactly the opposite sense from which a normal concave lens would work.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/11/new-metamaterial-lens-focuses-radio-waves
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laboratoryequipment:

New Metamaterial Lens Focuses Radio Waves

In many respects, metamaterials are supernatural. These manmade materials, with their intricately designed structures, bend electromagnetic waves in ways that are impossible for materials found in nature. Scientists are investigating metamaterials for their potential to engineer invisibility cloaks — materials that refract light to hide an object in plain sight — and “super lenses,” which focus light beyond the range of optical microscopes to image objects at nanoscale detail.

Researchers at MIT have now fabricated a three-dimensional, lightweight metamaterial lens that focuses radio waves with extreme precision. The concave lens exhibits a property called negative refraction, bending electromagnetic waves — in this case, radio waves — in exactly the opposite sense from which a normal concave lens would work.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/11/new-metamaterial-lens-focuses-radio-waves


sawitsharedit:

Researchers have developed the first material that is both sensitive to touch and can heal itself. 
This is a huge step towards creating synthetic skin that could improve prosthetics and electronic devices. By combining a plastic polymer with super-conductive nickel, the scientists created a material that’s can detect the pressure of a handshake and heal cuts in 30 minutes. Read more: http://bit.ly/W57wJV via Science Daily
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sawitsharedit:

Researchers have developed the first material that is both sensitive to touch and can heal itself.

This is a huge step towards creating synthetic skin that could improve prosthetics and electronic devices. By combining a plastic polymer with super-conductive nickel, the scientists created a material that’s can detect the pressure of a handshake and heal cuts in 30 minutes.

Read more: http://bit.ly/W57wJV via Science Daily


For far to long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called “Occupied Territories” by the Israel Defense Force. Like so many around the globe, we have felt helpless in the face of such implacable evil. And today’s insane attack and threatened invasion of Gaza was more of the same.

But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gaza they crossed a line in the sand. As the former dictator of Egypt Mubarak learned the hard way - we are ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch. To the IDF and government of Israel we issue you this warning only once. Do NOT shut down the Internet into the “Occupied Territories”, and cease and desist from your terror upon the innocent people of Palestine or you will know the full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous. And like all the other evil governments that have faced our rage, you will NOT survive it unscathed.

To the people of Gaza and the “Occupied Territories”, know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight. We will do everything in our power to hinder the evil forces of the IDF arrayed against you. We will use all our resources to make certain you stay connected to the Internet and remain able to transmit your experiences to the world. As a start, we have put together the Anonymous Gaza Care Package - http://bit.ly/XH87C5 - which contains instructions in Arabic and English that can aid you in the event the Israel government makes good on it’s threat to attempt to sever your Internet connection. It also contains useful information on evading IDF surveillance, and some basic first aid and other useful information. We will continue to expand and improve this document in the coming days, and we will transmit it to you by every means at our disposal. We encourage you to download this package, and to share it with your fellow Palestinians to the best of your ability.

We will be with you. No matter how dark it may seem, no matter how alone and abandoned you may feel - know that tens of thousands of us in Anonymous are with you and working tirelessly around the clock to bring you every aid and assistance that we can.

Anonymous pledge their support to the Palestinian people and declare cyber war on Israel’s government and army.

According to the Observer’s BetaBeat, “Anonymous has already begun defacing multiple pro-Israel websites, including Falcon-s.co.il and Advocate-israel.com. They’ve also compiled an Anonymous Gaza Care Package, which contains basic safety and surveillance avoidance information, as well as instructions for how to jigger an internet connection if Israel takes down Gaza’s servers. Another document posted to Pastebin outlines how to connect to dial-up in the event of an internet outage.”

(via Salon)


thepeoplesrecord:

Jihad Misharawi, of BBC Arabic, lost his 11-month-old son Omar after his house was struck by Israel’s air strike on Wednesday. His sister-in-law was killed and his brother was seriously injured during the escalating attacks on the Gaza Strip.
More than 200 targets have been hit, as the Palestinian death toll has risen to 19, including six children, under Israel’s operation “Pillar of Defense.”
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thepeoplesrecord:

Jihad Misharawi, of BBC Arabic, lost his 11-month-old son Omar after his house was struck by Israel’s air strike on Wednesday. His sister-in-law was killed and his brother was seriously injured during the escalating attacks on the Gaza Strip.

More than 200 targets have been hit, as the Palestinian death toll has risen to 19, including six children, under Israel’s operation “Pillar of Defense.”