info dump before breakfast

Short video explaining how corporations got personhood

The project, called the Information Platform of Real-time Citizen Movement, aims to watch over more than 20 million people in Beijing 24 hours a day, local media said yesterday. Wherever you are – whether in the bathroom, on the subway or in Tiananmen Square – the government will know.

Wireless communication experts said the system would be particularly useful not only for following the whereabouts of individuals but also in detecting any unusual gathering of a large number of people.

Documentary on the Kogi: From the Heart of the World

These guys are basically legendary as the coolest tribe ever (also known as the Elder Brothers), and I have been trying to find thiis legendary doco for a while.

How old “old” is depends on where you live.

How bad is bottled water? (link is to giant awesome infographic)

Plus two factoids from Twitter

via @alexsteffen “The world’s most typical person is a 28-year-old Chinese man, makes less than $12,000 a year, has a cell phone but not a bank account.”

via @brainsturbator”There is more information currently classified by the United States than exists in the Library of Congress. Go play outside.”

phew

Seem to have emerged from a weird days-long funk wherein it was more or less impossible to function in any meaningful way. Had zero focus, motivation, or interest in anything whatsoever. Kind of all the outward signs of deep depression without actually feeling bad, just kind of disturbed as I observed myself running through very empty terrain.

sunday mutants 27-2-11

the future of war

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the chances of carrying out a change of government in that fashion again were slim.

Stiglitz continues to talk economic sense, in this case how to reduce deficits, and also explains why it will continue to be ignored…

There’s only one problem: it wouldn’t benefit those at the top, or the corporate and other special interests that have come to dominate America’s policymaking. Its compelling logic is precisely why there is little chance that such a reasonable proposal would ever be adopted.

Wifi hacking dangers: “Like it or not, we are now living in a cyberpunk novel,”

The Last Ring Bearer: apocryphal revisionist history of Lord of the Rings.

Somehow missed that they think they have found a gas giant 4 x bigger than Jupiter way out at the edge of the solar system… introducing Tyche

Psyops moving into social media

It’s recently been revealed that the U.S. government contracted HBGary Federal for the development of software which could create multiple fake social media profiles to manipulate and sway public opinion on controversial issues by promoting propaganda. It could also be used as surveillance to find public opinions with points of view the powers-that-be didn’t like. It could then potentially have their “fake” people run smear campaigns against those “real” people. As disturbing as this is, it’s not really new for U.S. intelligence or private intelligence firms to do the dirty work behind closed doors

And hey, why not some total crazy:

DNA from William Burrough’s shit to be turned into bio art

In this project, a DNA sample from William S. Burroughs will be isolated, amplified and shot into the nuclei of some cells.

What is the process? –

1: Take a glob of William S. Burroughs’ preserved shit
2: Isolate the DNA with a kit
3: Make, many, many copies of the DNA we extract
4: Soak the DNA in gold dust
5: Load the DNA dust into a genegun (a modified air pistol)
6: Fire the DNA dust into a mix of fresh sperm, blood and shit
7: Call the genetically modified mix of blood, shit, and sperm a living bioart, a new media paint, a living cut-up literary device and/or a mutant sculpture.

Maybe he would approve.

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