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Monday, February 6, 2017

Life in Venezuela, Examining Prophets/Pre-Cogs 5, and More

Wanted to see what life was like in Venezuela given their recent problems:
- complicated colonial history with conflict between Spaniards and local indigenous people (led by Native caciques, such as Guaicaipuro and Tamanaco). One of first to declare independence in Latin America. History of military strongmen and corruption? Political and economic instability over many years...
venezuela history
Israel allows Venezuelan Jewish converts to immigrate
History of Venezuela
History of Venezuela's Ancient Tepuis
The Modern History of Venezuela from 1908 to 1973 - Edgardo  Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (2_9)
Latin American Revolutions - Crash Course World History #31
- complicated history with some neighbours... owing to previous Spanish colonial history. Part of complexity is due to ideological/political differences. FARC can be perceived as either a terrorist group of freedom fighters who support Marxist-Leninist ideology (reminds me of Middle East in a way. Complicated...). Love/hate relationship between US and Venezuela. Accusation of economic warfare by US on Venezuela (after Venezuela wanted more tax receipts for their oil?) and coup attempts?
Why Do Colombia & Venezuela Hate Each Other
Why Venezuela Hates The United States
Latin American Revolutions - Crash Course World History #31
- lot of economic problems of late. Heavy dependence of oil in the past which continues to now? Lack of diversification in economy. Corruption problems. Heavily subsidised public services which lead to abuse/other problems which have contributed more to their problems. Speculators causing problems with investment in Venezuelan economy
Economic crisis - Venezuela's currency chaos
The Fall of Venezuela. Prepare Yourself Accordingly.
What Is Life Really Like In Venezuela
Grocery shopping during Venezuela’s food shortages
Economic crisis - Venezuela's currency chaos
Venezuela - The world's worst-performing economy - Counting the Cost
Why Venezuela Hates The United States
venezuela economy
Keiser Report - Post-Obama Era (E1027)
- politically unstable. Once upon a time really well off due to high oil prices? Criminal, murder, looting problems now. Severe inflation. Political, judicial, criminal problems across the board. Social fabric may have been damaged beyond repair? Similar problems with Philippines. Lack of education and wealth in many parents. Problems across the board... 
Life on the line - Inside Venezuela’s crisis - Talk to Al Jazeera (In the Field)
- obvious solution is to get someone else to do it for them. In the meantime they need to do a swap. How much of this is fake?
Dumping medicine, faking patients: Cuban doctors describe a system that breeds fraud
- Caracas. Severe shortages across the board especially food. Sugar shortages. Used to be enough to export. Now not enough to even deal with local needs. Corruption issues. Political suppression issues? Alternate narratives. Food shortages not a problem if you work for the state? Bare necessities only for many... Many people leaving. Crime, job, education problems...
RTD News - A Inside Look At The Venezuela HYPERINFLATION
- food shortage problems. Long lines. Rampant inflation. People poorest have been hit hard obviously. Financial controls in place by government for 'food essentials'. Media seems to blame socialism and lack of diversity in previous oil dependent economy. Irony is that most countries seem to have 'socialist type' policies (or desire it)?
[Documentary] Our World Going Hungry in Venezuela BBC
The Fall of Venezuela. Prepare Yourself Accordingly.
Venezuela - A Socialist Basketcase
Why are people in oil-rich Venezuela going hungry  BBC News
The failure of socialism in Venezuela
- Venezuelan food seems to be fusion of European and South American flavours. Makes sense given colonial Spanish history of Latin America? Will seem strange to those people from Asian/Anglo culture. Some of it feels like it should taste pretty good though...
venezuela food recipe
- jungles/forests. Heaps of weird and wonderful animals there... Feels like a split of animals you'd find in Africa and the North America? Very much unique South American feel though
Venezuela - A Paradise in Hell (Full Documentary)
venezuela animals
- reminds me of what happened in Russia/USSR at it's breakdown. Obviously there who still believe in Chavez's potential socialist vision of future for Venezuela. That said, a lot of people are frustrated by what is happening. Like other countries who have suffered societal breakdown/collapse the government is operating in an ad-hoc fashion with whoever/whomever 'can get the job done'. Reliance on urban gardening/natural medicine. Increasing desire to increase independence from outside to deal with their problems... Have also been trading with neighbouring countries (such as Columbia) to deal with shortage problems
[Documentary] Our World Going Hungry in Venezuela BBC
Economic crisis - Venezuela's currency chaos
Hugo Chavez Biography - Life of the Venezuelan Leader
Why Venezuela Hates The United States
- electrical blackouts, food shortages, rationing, medical supply shortages, etc... Corrupt police and rampant crime? Poverty issues. Venezuelan economy 95% dependent on oil? Reminds me of some other poor countries. People need to do crazy things to get by...
What Is Life Really Like In Venezuela
Venezuela - Medicine and Food Crisis Demands Action Now
People & Power - Venezuela  Life after Chavez
PRISON PARADISE - Life in a Venezuelan Prison
- given the vulnerability of economies in neo-liberalism you wonder why some governments don't have better backup plans in place?
The Fall of Venezuela. Prepare Yourself Accordingly.
This part is obviously a continuation of my previous posts:
- clear that they've existed throughout history. They've been known as angels, prophets, witches, wizards, warlocks, shaman, etc... One of the funny things I've found out is that a lot of them probably get into more trouble with the rest of the human population then the other way around?
Cardinal Muller makes it clear, nobody, not even a pope, can change marriage
- humanity seems to be classify people into categories. Sometimes for good/bad, other times for seemingly no reason at all. If all these people are are 'enhanced humans' then they have a choice in how they use their abilities (up to the point that they can control, their inherent capabilities, what God may allow (should he exist), etc...). If they were classified almost purely for what they did then it feels clear that we may have separated people into groups based on what was good/bad for a particular set of people at the time? What's worse is that we may have artificially have ended up creating religions/groups based on whether these people did things or came up with ideas that we wanted them to (just like normal people)
- thousands of years tells us that not much separates us. Due to mass-migration it's possible the gene pool will become further diluted (if there is supposedly a 'master race'). Note the list of possible pre-cogs/prophets besides those that are listed in the Holy Scriptures... They're present virtually all religions and races...
- it's obvious what people were/have been thinking. If these prophets/pre-cogs could see forward and were partly telekinetic/telepathic others may have thought these people may be able to transfer powers to them (if others can start warping/become pre-cog then it makes sense but not otherwise? Is it only temporal or permanent. Makes no sense if it's permanent)? Problem is placebo and positive/cognitive biases which make this much more difficult to examine and confirm what's real and what's not. Like I said easiest way to test for pre-cogs is via objective tests. There are too many possible 'cognitive biases' that are built into human based experiments
Dead Boy Returns From Afterlife to Tell His Mom About Heaven
Scientists Discover the Afterlife
Doctor claims he has evidence of the afterlife - Dr. Jeffrey Long on the Today Show
Proof of Afterlife, death is NOT the end.wmv
¥ Where We GO After Death # Mind Blow_ # Best  Documentary 2015 _ new Documentary 2015
Life After Death - Documentary
Afterlife - The TRUTH about 'LIFE-after-DEATH' ~a SUPERNATURAL documentary on Heaven, Hell & Angels
- if it's true that these people exist across all religions/races and there is a God then it's effective a matter of technique which has led to different classes of pre-cogs/prophets/angels and religions? Huge irony in the birth of the Buddhism is that the originator itself may have been a pre-cog/prophet as well (read the account for how he came up with it?)? Yet, they sort of denied the possibility of a God, connection to others, etc?
- any form of exceptionalism is incredibly dangerous if not kept in moderation? The export of values thing results in a self fulfilling prophecy? Problem is that aspects of religion and societal values are fundamentally juxtaposed to one another? Stack this on top of contradictions between the two main major religions Islam and Christianity (by population size) and we're stuck in what is basically a pseudo-religious war (look further into Flynn, Mattis, Trump, etc... and you'll realise what trouble we may be in for? Some of these people even admit this from time to time this problem). Secularism only puts things off for the time being?
The media, Muslims and Trump's travel ban - Listening Post (Full)
Is Trump's Muslim ban a gift to ISIL - UpFront
#Match the fine for Palestine - Celtic fans crowdfund £176K to pay UEFA fine
- another way to 'fake prophecies' is to keep in secret and then 'publicise them' after they have happened?
- if the Holy Scriptures (of any religion) are intended for only the entire human population but only a smallish group of people can genuinely take advantage of abilities while on Earth it stands to reason why a lot of people have lost hope, others may try to suppress knowledge that it may actually be real, etc... Else the technique is simply wrong? If these people are supposed to be there to guide humanity along one of the questions that runs through your head is that it's clear that there are a very different set of people are running the world. Over and over again politicians and other people say that national governments aren't run by the people. That they are 'run by bankers'. The problem is that the explanation is so convoluted and the relationships so complex that it's difficult to believe. These people who are running things aren't necessarily that altruistic? They have more than enough money to last multiple lifetimes. Possible that they are 'enhanced' (if bloodlines have been maintained from ancient times/thousands of years ago) but it's clear that if that's the case they haven't been able to take full control over their abilities? Surely, if they were that they would simply come forward and tell everyone everything and everyone would be happy?
The Committee of 300. Secrets of world government
- people seem to want balanced leaders either way? Clear that our current model doesn't really do this but others may offer solutions. For instance, my alternative model to socialise some aspects of public service would increase the likelihood of this happening (this model not without it's potential problems either)?
- neo-colonialists remind me of Pinky and the Brain? I'm fairly certain that the pre-cogs/prophets (should they exist) would know that things would be a lot easier for them if they figured out this other stuff first? The rest of it should unravel quickly for them?
Pinky and the Brain - Intro Theme (closed captions) 
Pinky and The Brain Intro 
Men in Black II 'Locker C-18' HD 
Men in Black Locker Scene 
- the obvious thing about all of these pre-cogs/prophets is that each one seems to know more than the last? Perhaps they just do more reading and it's not simply because they're higher up the chain then the last?
- if you know about people in prison, concentration camps, who have undergone torture you'll be aware that when life is horrible part of us basically shuts down to protect ourselves. We prefer to believe some things that perhaps aren't real or real? It's at these times you wonder who's more insane those who believe in this type or stuff or those that don't?
- crazy difficult to confirm anything because you can't really directly interface with God? How can we verify that God told us to tax everyone at a certain level and only certain people should run things? Most people sort of hope that they are doing the right thing?
- clear that there are a lot of people abusing prophecies to make some money. Some of it is really cynical while others can be pretty from time to time
- assuming Noetics and lucid dreaming area valid which means that warping/teleportation operates like a search engine? This means that ultimately the argument that God (or any of these guys are watching everyone all of the time) goes out the window? Think of it this way, if can navigate to all points of 'crime' they know everything about everyone who has committed a crime but they never need to 'watch' everyone all of the time (should make sense that they can though if they can warp arbitrarily through time and space). The difficult thing is this... the 'transcendence' issue. It's very obvious that economies operate in 'parallel' (the criminal/illegitimate economy literally ca not survive without the legitimate economy and vice-versa. You cold easily cite good examples (Italy, India, Greece, Russia, former Soviet states, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, etc..) but this problem seems to exist across most economies now?) could collapse and that people just aren't ready for this yet?
- I think that deep down everybody understands that our social system doesn't scale up? That said contradictions all over the place in religion. Jesus tell people to drop everything and follow me. If not everyone drops everything it's then all of a sudden a particular group of people get rich (this paradox is avoided if everyone is 'converted' though because everyone will work for everyone and de-facto themselves as well). After all, trade is just a game of musical chairs... On top of this stack over issues. One of the theories behind schizophrenia says that it can be brought about by intense stress. If this is what causes the voices (and not God) then you can see what the problem is (juxtapose this against the fact that many of these people often have other unexplained abilities and you'll see why religion has a difficult time explaining some of this)?
- were there more pre-cogs in the past? Pre-cog distribution?
- it's not limited to particular events (good or bad)? Assume they can warp arbitrarily if the lucid dreamers are anything to go on?
- if they exist it's clear that they violate a lot of the laws of current science (they also know that a lot of things in our science doesn't quite make 100% sense to them. Think about the list of scientists who possibly doubled as pre-cogs/prophets)? All the time evidence of FTL capability seems to be there. Wonder why we tell everyone FTL travel isn't possible? Quantum Entanglement Theory only explains short/tiny distance phenomena (Chinese supposedly recently came up with counter stealth technology based on QET though which sort of fits in  with this but not entirely? Chinese and Canadians have also come up with QET communications systems)? Doesn't explain what's happening to these pre-cogs entirely though? Miracle vs pre-cog issue is hugely problematic. Goes back to the the Schrodinger Equation/Problem and Heisenberg's Uncertainty principle. The huge irony that all of these people face is that these guys may have been prophets/pre-cogs themselves? Law of attraction and Noetics
- our science just isn't there yet (to allow us to confirm what's in the Holy Scriptures if they are true?). Wonder whether animals have this sort of ability and whether or not others look up or down at their 'enhanced brethren'? Have arguments over which particular groundhog is most important?
Groundhog day… for the 131th time - People listening to animal 'predicting' 6 more weeks of winter
- it's clear that should they exist scientists will try to replicate these abilities across the rest of the human population (they may have already tried)
- neurochemical experimentation implies greater likelihood of pre-cognition (would make a lot of sense if those who have tried had an significant increase in pre-cog ability?). Stands to reason how they came up with the term 'medium'. They're effectively like radio sets/modems translating from one particular physical phenomenon to another. Doesn't mean that things are likely entirely internal though?
- clear that a lot of people have politicised things making it more difficult to get to the truth
- if you examine a lot of the the experiments that have been conducted by both religions and science it just would seem crazy that any God would chance of any possible afterlife at risk due to chance (that we picked the wrong person/technique?)? 
- one of the very interesting side effects of some of the religious if you understand the neurochemical/dopamine theory you'll understand what exactly happens to people who genuinely end up in a religious order. Capitalism basically works on giving in to our individual needs, socialism/communism basically takes a little from everyone so that there is enough to go around. Over time, this can alter the neurochemistry of a person? If my 'medium' theory is true (that the brain effectively acts like a radio set to other places) then not only does this allow them to that but also to possibly gain 'transcendence' while here on Earth (overcome Earthly desires as has been professed to be the point of many religions? The transcendence issue is funny in a way because you ). The primary difficulty is how to get everyone to 'waken' at the same time. Almost every single religion points to an individual or group of people (I'm assuming that they're telepathic so a broadcast signal should work?) who will provide the evidence to allow everyone to 'wake up'. As I said, the things that are difficult about all of this is how to design experiments to prove everything once and for all (one way or the other) and how to overcome people's own internal biases (one way or the other)... 
- there's another way to deal with the 'transcendence' problem but it's almost 'cheating'. It once again works around the neurochemical side of how people's brains work. If you change a person's diet or else the dopamine function/pathway in particular it will make it easier to live a more balanced life and give up more addictive things... the biggest difficulty obviously is that capitalism is so dependent on this particular mechanism...

Random Stuff:
- more funny animals out there...
- almost like they just upped the ante (both sides) of late? One frustrating thing is that there are conflicting reports on the exact same thing?
- given the number of naval vessels that are ultimately scrapped you wonder whether or this is viable solution. Even if old ships were used as a breakwater mechanism around islands that are in trouble I guess it offers them a partial solution?
- interesting new world out there. Given how important it is not to be invaded you would have thought a lot of countries would have developed (at least in part) their own local military-industrial complex? Like, I said track this space and there are often really funny procurement problems on a regular basis
- turns out the belching black smoke from Admiral Kuznetsov may have been simply been a Russian 'stunt'?
Money well spent Royal Navy $1.7mn Russian fleet escort mission
- apparently dildos have had a long history?
- so practical yet so ugly?
- that's a lot of gold to be stuck up someone's rectum?
- a section on reddit.com for music software deals... 
- obvious that more and more countries are operating multiple types of carriers in their fleet (at times, it feels like the US has effectively given up their world policeman role already). This is what I don't get though. Heaps of countries have different configurations of aircraft carrier types (CATOBAR, STOBAR, etc...) other ways to launch. Heaps of stuff I don't get about the carrier launch thing. Seems like a lot of options possible? Tow, rockets, slight U/L shaped deck, fuel additive (Russian jets tend to run with extra nitrogen to boost power but adds a reddish tinge to the exhaust), VTOL/STOL aircraft, drones, etc... calculate for when the boat tips in a favourable direction to increase speed/elevation. Even if you could implement not that simple. For carrier operations you need to strengthen the undercarriage for a lot of aircraft
- obvious solution is to drop ALIS entirely (though that is supposedly one of the things that's supposed to keep flight costs in check)
- we should pray? LOL
- I thought Anonymous had largely gone off the grid? Turns out they haven't?
- computer printer owners must be quaking in fear at all of the lost ink? LOL More seriously though, imagine if the CPU of the printers could somehow be tasked for something more interesting. Let's say, perhaps a 'botnet' for Bitcoin mining?
- at least he went out with a bang?
- can not believe this stuff still happens given our technology now?
- looks like Akai MPC software/hardware package is finally a direct competitor to Native Instrument's Maschine and Ableton's Push packages

Random Quotes:
- In February 1946, George Kennan sent back from Moscow the “Long Telegram,” an analysis of the sources of Soviet foreign policy, which came to serve as the intellectual foundation of the containment policy the United States pursued during the Cold War. The telegram landed in the midst of a reassessment of American Soviet policy as the hopes born of the grand alliance against Hitler’s Germany that the allies would continue to cooperate in peacetime crashed against the harsh reality of Soviet suspicion and hostility. As John Gaddis notes in his biography of Kennan, his telegram did not bring about a shift in U.S. policy but it crystallized the thinking of senior administration officials. “It was,” Gaddis writes, “the geopolitical equivalent of a medical X-ray, penetrating beneath alarming symptoms to yield at first clarity, then comprehension, and finally by implication a course of treatment.”

Today, we need a similar analysis, for we find ourselves at a similar juncture. Two years ago, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine irreversibly dashed all the assumptions that had guided America’s Russia policy since the demise of the Soviet Union a generation ago. No longer is it possible to maintain that Russia is being integrated, albeit slowly and fitfully, into the West and, for that reason, is a suitable partner for addressing global issues. Moreover, Russia itself is no longer interested in integration, if it ever was. Rather, it presents itself as a unique construct, intent on challenging the U.S.-led world order across a broad front, including hard geopolitical matters like Ukraine, as well as the values that animate Western society. This does not mean that from time to time the United States and Russia will not cooperate on discrete issues, only that the cooperation will not be grounded in a sense of shared values and a common vision of a just global order. In these circumstances, there can be no talk of a “strategic alliance with Russian reform” (President Clinton’s phrase), “strategic partnership” (President George W. Bush’s) or “reset” (President Obama’s). The times call for a new relationship, without illusions about what Russia is and where it is headed.
- The Bear was born from the Soviet Union’s desire to develop its own strategic bomber force to match the one fielded by the United States in World War II. Soviet planners requested in 1950 a four-engine bomber that could fly five thousand miles to hit targets across the United States while hauling over twelve tons of bombs.

The jet engines of the time, however, burned through fuel too quickly. Thus, the design bureau of Andrei Tupolev conceived of an aircraft using four powerful NK-12 turboprop engines with contrarotating propellers.

Each of the NK-12s has two propellers, the second one spinning in the direction opposite the first. This not only counteracts the torque created by the rotational airflow of the first propeller, but harnesses it for greater speed. Contrarotating propellers are therefore modestly more efficient—but because they are more expensive to produce and maintain, and also unbelievably noisy, they have not been widely adopted. In fact, the noise produced by Tu-95s has reportedly been remarked upon by submarine crews and jet pilots.
Russian activists have prepared a proposal to launch a major international rights organization that would work in the Eurasian space and would be not as ‘politically-biased’ as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

“We want to create the Eurasian Human Rights Group or EARG with the primary task of constant monitoring of observation of human and civil rights. It is important for activists to coordinate their activities and when it’s necessary to urgently go to places where violations of human rights are registered. In addition, our group will distribute humanitarian aid,” the main figure behind the project, the head of the Russian Volunteers Union and secretary of the Russian Council for Human Rights, Yana Lantratova, said in comments to Izvestia daily.

She also told about plans to accredit the new group with all international institutes, such as the United Nations, the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. “Our main objective is openness and independence, the ability to operatively assess any events and react on them,” she said.
The speaker of Russia’s lower house has called for radical changes to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary assembly, warning that the body risks becoming a “marginal site” totally dependent on “Atlantic forces.”

“The United States is trying to deprive other nations of time required for evolutionary development, forcing them into making sudden leaps. The experiments in revolutions are being made in many nations, even in their natural partners such as the countries of the European Union,” Sergey Naryshkin wrote in the article published on Friday in the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

“It seems that the transatlantic plans to achieve absolute domination have transformed into an unhealthy maniacal idea,” he noted.

Naryshkin also wrote that in order to achieve this domination, the United States was skillfully using modern information technology in the propaganda field without any respect towards the sovereignty of independent nations or the principle of non-interference into their internal affairs.

“There are no morals or respect for international law in this situation. We cannot describe it as democracy,” he wrote.

The speaker went on to state the necessity of breaking the artificial connection between the internal politics of European nations and the processes developing in the international politics.

“While accepting the evident fact of ongoing globalization, sovereign nations must seek some constants in their economic and political systems that would guarantee their future from the influence of destructive mechanisms launched from the outside,” Naryshkin stated.

He then gave an example of such mechanism saying that the so-called “transatlantic forces” were aggressively imposing their will on European organizations and this resulted in the situation in which European groups distance from their original goals, lose their sovereignty and get staffed by people who are dependent from the “transatlantic forces.”

“The most vivid example of such organization is the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Only a key reform of this structure can put it back on the way of normal development and prevent it from becoming a completely marginal site,” Naryshkin wrote, noting also that the full restoration of the Russian delegation’s rights in PACE could be the first indicator of improvement.
- In a tweet on Sunday, Macron wrote: "The problem is not that the French no longer trust politics, it is that politicians no longer trust the French."

Macron did not confirm in his latest interview if he would seek the French presidency in the 2017 election, as has been widely speculated.

A Macron bid for the presidency would further harm Hollande’s chances of re-election, with polls already suggesting the unpopular Hollande would be unlikely to make it into a run-off.

A new poll by Odoxa conducted from September 1-2 showed that 74 percent of French voters thought Macron was right to resign and 45 percent would like him to run in the election, up from 40 percent in June.
- Malcolm Turnbull says a new anti-corruption plan and commitments to open trade and investment endorsed by the G20 will drive jobs and growth, and help balance budgets.

The annual summit in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou wrapped up on Monday night with the final communique committing the world's key economies to open trade, clearer investment rules, a forum to deal with steel over-production and greater support for poor nations.

It also outlined an anti-corruption action plan, which Mr Turnbull told the summit would lift G20 members' ambitions "to do more to put an end to illicit finance flows and to protect and secure budget revenue streams".

The communique called for "improved implementation of international transparency standards for the purposes of tackling corruption, tax evasion, terrorist financing, and money laundering".

Mr Turnbull told the summit protectionism was "not a ladder to get us out of the low growth trap - it's a shovel to dig that hole deeper".

"There is a real commitment to these objectives and a real recognition from all," he said of the G20 members.
- The hot pepper challenge craze appears to be spreading in the US after scores of students received treatment following separate incidents where they consumed the world’s hottest peppers.

Forty Middle School students in Ohio were treated by emergency crews after consuming one of the world’s hottest peppers – the Bhut Jolokia, often referred to as the “Ghost Pepper.”

The school goers, aged between 11 and 14, ate the peppers during lunch period at Milton-Union Middle School on Friday, according to the Dayton Daily News.

An investigation is ongoing to establish where the hot chili peppers came from, but police say all of the students voluntarily ingested the peppers.

Five students were taken to hospital for treatment. Superintendent Brad Ritchey of Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools said the reactions varied from blotchy skin, hives, to tearing of eyes, sweating and general discomfort. Other students reported having problems seeing and vomiting.

Cody Schmidt, an eighth-grader at the school, told the Dayton Daily News he tried one of the peppers and it was in fact “really hot.”“We all drank like 10 cartons of milk,” Schmidt said.

School staff have identified the student who distributed the peppers and are now looking into whether to pursue disciplinary action.

The Scoville scale is a measurement of the heat level of chili peppers. A jalapeno pepper ranges just between 1,000 and 20,000 Scoville units. The Bhut Jolokia, on the other hand, has a Scoville rating of over 1 million units. It was once considered the world’s hottest pepper but was knocked off the top spot in 2013 by the Carolina Reaper, which measures a daunting 1.57 million Scoville units.
- According to the federal government's 2015 Australian Innovation System Report, start-ups added approximately 1.44 million jobs to the economy from 2006 to 2011, while businesses three years old or more shed 400,000 net jobs over the same period

"The start-ups and the growth companies are where the new jobs are," Ms Lawson said. "If we can get start-ups and scale-ups to work with corporates ... that's going to lead to incredible job generation."

Camplify founder Justin Hales came up with his business idea after noticing how many caravans sat idle in people's driveways.

While Camplify has been a successful investment for NRMA, it was "something we'd never have thought of in a million years", NRMA President Kyle Loades said.

The NRMA board understood there were risks when working with start-ups but took the view "that we only need one or two winners".

"You've almost got to accept there there will be some pain and some lessons learned and some just will not win," he said. "But the one or two gems that come out of the process can be well worth it."

The greater danger to companies' survival was failing to innovate, Mr Loades said. "Innovation, in my view, is life and death. If you stay the same, you're putting your business at risk."
- According to him, all observers agree that the start of serial construction of ships after more than 20 years is “one of the most important vectors of the fleet’s current development.”  This might seem obvious, but it’s not widely appreciated.

Khodarenok walks quickly through the current construction program:

    four proyekt 20380 corvettes in the fleet with eight on the buildingways;
    three proyekt 11356 frigates delivered, others uncertain;
    proyekt 22350 frigates under construction;
    six proyekt 636.3 diesel-electric submarines complete, six more for the Pacific Fleet to be built in 2017-2020;
    proyekt 955 Borey-class SSBN is a success with three delivered;
    a single proyekt 885 Yasen-class SSN has reached the fleet, others will likely not arrive until after 2020.

One can quibble with his points.  For example, it’s premature to declare Borey a success when its Bulava SLBM still hasn’t been accepted into the navy’s inventory (NVO made this point flatly on 12 August).  Perhaps Borey is a success, but only in comparison to Yasen.
- At the press conference Monday, Obama also addressed concerns about cybersecurity, acknowledging that the U.S. has "had problems with cyber intrusions" from Russia and other countries.

"Our goal is not to suddenly in the cyber arena duplicate a cycle of escalation that we saw when it comes to other arms races in the past," he said, "but rather to start instituting some norms so that everyone is acting responsibly.

"What we cannot do is have a situation in which suddenly this becomes the wild wild west, where countries that have significant cyber capacity start engaging in ... unhealthy competition or conflict through these means."

The president also discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which has come under attack from both parties during this campaign season. "It is indisputable that it would create a better deal for us than the status quo," Obama said.
- The National Science Foundation has issued two quarter-of-a-million-dollar grants for “Leveraging Personalized Internet Services to Combat Online Trolling.”

The grant defines online trolling as, “scenarios in which various groups deploy tactics to influence public opinion on the Internet, by leaving biased, false, misleading, and inauthentic comments, and then artificially amplifying their ratings,” so you can immediately see where that’s a slippery slope to shutting down free speech and dissent because who decides what is “false, misleading, and inauthentic” online?

The government’s researchers?

Creepier, the grant admits that we are increasingly tracked as our privacy is increasingly going extinct on the Internet, and it is this built-in “extensive tracking infrastructure” that will be tapped to combat trolling online:

    Users have often expressed concern about the lack of privacy and control over their personal data. Nonetheless, despite a substantial effort to expose and control this prevalent behavior, the reality is that users keep accepting updated online privacy policies, which in turn grant the gathering of more personal data. This project explores re-using this extensive tracking infrastructure for the benefits of both the users themselves and web services, with a goal of preventing online trolling…

The goal is reportedly to create a “personalization-based counter-trolling system as open-source software.”

Kind of ironic when you think about how much money Hillary has spent amassing her very own online troll army… Then again, the “combat” here will be reserved for dissenters George Orwell style, as per the usual.
- In August 2014, Russia introduced a law requiring all blogs with 3,000 daily readers or more to follow many of the rules that exist in conventional mass media, such as tougher controls on published information and a ban on the use of explicit language. The restrictions include the requirement to verify information before publishing it and to abstain from releasing reports containing slander, hate speech, calls for extremism or other banned information such as advice on suicide.

In July this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a package of anti-terrorist amendments that allow automatic blocking of websites for promoting extremism and terrorism and require all communications companies, including internet providers, to retain information about their clients’ data traffic for three years and to hand it over to the authorities on demand (one year for messengers and social networks). Providers also must keep records of phone calls, messages and transferred files for six months.
- “Using our patented digital fingerprinting technology, VideoTracker performs critical tracking and measurement tasks to stop the unauthorized publication of digital content across all media platforms,”Vobile Inc explain on their website.

This time it appears someone at Vobile Inc has been a bit overzealous with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint.

According to Lumen which analyzes complaints about online activity, the studio submitted a complaint to tech giant Google last month, naming themselves as infringers.

The copyright infringement claim  includes 300 URLs to websites allegedly providing illegal streams or downloads.

In an embarrassing gaff, the Hollywood studio asked Google to censor several of its own URLs from the search engine.

The complaint highlights official Warner Bros links to the Batman installment The Dark Knight and the cyber action movie The Matrix.

- as usual thanks to all of the individuals and groups who purchase and use my goods and services

Cheesy Tomato Based Pasta Recipe, Adding Subtitles to Video Files, and More

This is the latest in my series on quick, easy, and tasty meals:   http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com/2018/08/cheapeasyhealthy-tomato-based-pa...