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Ad for The Hypnotic Bar Experiment Causes People To Hallucinate Instantly

Disinformation - 4 hours 12 min ago
A new ad causes people to hallucinate simply by staring at it. Playing the video full screen will usually cause visual hallucinations that last around 10 seconds then go away. (Do not watch if you have epilepsy or are prone to seizures.) The ad promotes  a new kind of live event that is perhaps even more bizarre – The Hypnotic Bar, a lounge where people reach altered states of...

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Obama signs executive order authorizing new supercomputing research initiative

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:30
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (CC BY 2.0) President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to help create the world’s fastest computer. The new initiative, known as National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), will begin working on “the first exaflop supercomputer—something that’s about 30 times faster than today’s fastest machines.” Klint Finley at Wired has the...

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TPPA – the End of Democratic Sovereignty in New Zealand

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 16:30
TPP image via Office of the United States Trade Representative. After much speculation and insubstantial promises, we now find ourselves inching closer to the final stages of the TPP agreement. The empty rhetoric and political bombast is coming fast and thick, with some key show-downs taking place amidst a general feeling that we’re quickly running out of time to force a withdraw. While there...

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First Great in Jazz: Jelly Roll Morton

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:30
Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, better known as Jelly Roll Morton is one of the greats of the roots of jazz, and is too often overlooked.  His virtuosic playing is larger than life, innovative, highly characteristic and a delight for the ears. With his salty beginnings playing in whorehouses as a teenager, he was known throughout the South and West Coast before finding success in the thriving Chicago...

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Pravda.ru: Kim Jong-Un declares preparations for war with US and South Korea

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:30
“Kim Jong-un sketch” by En-cas-de-soleil – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons. According to Pravda.ru, Kim Jong-Un has claimed that he is preparing for war with the US and the “puppet South Korean regime.” Pravda.Ru: He made the statement during the Air Force drills, which as he said, were part of the preparation. The drills were carried...

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How #AllLivesMatter and #BlackLivesMatter Can Devalue Life

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 13:30
“This doesn’t happen in the United States — okay. This might happen in Afghanistan or somewhere. This just does not happen in the United States.” — Cincinnati Prosecutor Joe Deters The last several months have seen a debate, at times heated, between the #BlackLivesMatter movement and those who respond with #AllLivesMatter. I think a lot of people — perhaps...

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Jon Stewart & Obama Meetings Ethics Debate

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:30
President’s Obama administration used Jon Stewart as a “useful prod.” Stewart was often summoned to the White House before big announcements. A debate about the ethics of the TV host rages on. Jackie Salo via International Business Times: President Barack Obama summoned television host Jon Stewart to the White House on several occasions before he made major announcements,...

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Sex With Neanderthals Forever Changed Homo Sapiens

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:41
There’s now little doubt that modern day humans, homo sapiens, are partly Neanderthal. From skin disorders to the immune system, sex with archaic species changed Homo sapiens reports Nature: Our ancestors were not a picky bunch. Overwhelming genetic evidence shows that Homo sapiens had sex with Neander­thals, Denisovans and other archaic relatives. Now researchers are using large genomics...

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I hid Illuminati symbols in broadcast news graphics because I was bored

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:30
Todd Huffman (CC BY 2.0) This story was told anonymously to Hopes&Fears author Gabriella Garcia, who’s transcribed it below: When I was working for a major broadcasting conglomerate, I passed the time sneaking cult symbols into its affiliates’ news graphics. I don’t really know why I did it. Maybe because I’m just easily amused. I became interested in graphics when...

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Cinemasters: Lars von Trier

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:30
Lars von Trier is one of my favorite directors working today. When I first started getting into film, a friend recommended Breaking the Waves (he also recommended Come and See, but that has its own backstory). I must have been a sophomore in high school and I distinctly remember renting the flick from my local library and watching it alone in the middle of a summer afternoon. What a jarring,...

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Alice Goes Gonzo

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:30
This year we celebrate the sesquicentennial of Alice in Wonderland — a landmark of kid lit and a cornerstone of psychedelic fiction. This probably won’t be my last post about Alice. As a fantasy for the wee, Alice inspires illustrations, and it’s assumed that Walt Disney owns that territory. Little did I know that Ralph Steadman’s pen had penetrated Wonderland, bringing his...

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Koch Brothers Brave Spotlight to Try to Alter Their Image

Disinformation - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:33
What would Robert Greenwald say? The New York Times profiles the brothers Koch as they try to recolor themselves in a less devilish hue: Once known for grim letters to fellow wealthy Americans warning of socialist apocalypse, Charles G. Koch now promotes research on the link between freedom and everyday happiness. Turn on “The Big Bang Theory” or “Morning Joe,” and you are likely to see...

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Michael Moore’s New Movie ‘Where to Invade Next’

Disinformation - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 19:30
Michael Moore has kept his new movie about America’s infinite war on the down low, but will debut “Where To Invade Next” in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. MarketWatch reports on Moore’s announcement: Six years after “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Michael Moore is back with a new film called “Where to Invade Next” that examines the U.S. government’s...

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Elongated Skull Found at Russian Stonehenge

Disinformation - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:30
An elongated skull has been unearthed at Arkaim, otherwise known as “Russia’s Stonehenge,” and the alien theories have already started. Though, the most likely explanation is head binding. Paul Seaburn writes at Mysterious Universe: Researcher Maria Makurova announced the discovery to the Russian news agency TASS. She described it as “a well-preserved skeleton” of a female....

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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn’t

Disinformation - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:30
Geoff Brumfiel via NPR: “I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another,” says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland. His lab’s setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and send them someplace else on Star Trek. Instead, a couple...

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Fear and Loathing in Thet Kal Pyin: Myanmar’s Healthcare Crisis

Disinformation - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:30
Staffan Scherz (CC BY 2.0) As Myanmar prepares for a historic election on 8 November 2015, its leadership is rolling out plans for dramatic health sector reforms. But there are enormous obstacles, including the legacy of war and a rising threat of drug-resistant infectious diseases in restive border areas. Mike Ives reports. Two speakers send the Islamic call to prayer sailing across Thet Kal...

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Charles Bukowski On Writing

Disinformation - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:30
I try to do all of my writing during the week. Songs I’ll write anytime. Poems anytime. But everything else gets pushed away at least once a week. It seems I’m always editing something or getting a blog post together by Sunday evening, but mostly, during the weekends, words are for reading. Nowadays that means reading the articles I’ve streamlined into my Flipboard feed....

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Is There Really A Psychopath Gene?

Disinformation - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 13:30
A single gene has been linked with being a psychopath — and it’s very controversial – reports Tanya Lewis at Business Insider: As of yet, no single factor can explain what causes people to behave in ways labeled psychopathic. But research suggests our genes may play a role. Edward Hopper’s The House by the Railroad, used as inspiration for the look of the Bates house in the movie...

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Horror Occult Geekery: The Psychedelic Secret of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA

Disinformation - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:30
This article contains spoilers for the 1977 film SUSPIRIA. Watch it. Preferably while comfortably dosed up on your favourite psychedelic substance. I’ve been an ardent fan of the shadowy occult strangeness found in late 70s-early 80s Italian horror flicks for a good chunk of this incarnation, for reasons I used to find hard to fathom. I’ve often felt too that there was some concrete...

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Hackers Can Disable A Sniper Rifle – Or Change Its Target

Disinformation - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:30
TrackingPoint self-aiming rifle. Hot off their success at forcing Jeep to recall 1.4 million vehicles due to their vulnerability to being taken over by hackers, the gang at Wired is focusing on sniper rifles that can be hacked. Yes you read that right… Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman. But add a wireless connection to...

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