Thursday, March 26, 2015

iON Explains Ascension & RnA Drops

The Wednesday Show

Do we understand the covalent bonds?

Dreaming Big Subway Ads

Have we been dreaming big or are ad agencies encouraging us to dream big?

The ads below from Doctors Plastic Surgery, with the tagline “Made in New York,” began appearing in New York City subway cars and platforms last spring.

A similar program from Breast Implants India has launched in India.

Video below shows ads in Korean subway cars.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cameron McEwen | McLuhan’s New Sciences

Cameron McEwen writes that the aim of his website McLuhan's New Sciences, “is to set out the patterns he [McLuhan] recognized and the study of configurations to which he resorted.”

Below is a sample from the website, a letter written by McLuhan to his old Winnipeg friend, colleague at the University of Toronto, fellow editor of Explorations and now president of the University of Western Ontario, Carlton Williams.

“Father Stan Murphy (Basilian) of the University of Windsor (formerly Assumption College) has sustained the Christian Culture Series with zero staff and zero budget for more than thirty years.

You may remember that Murphy came to Toronto when he heard of the presence of Wyndham Lewis here during the war. He rescued Lewis from absolute poverty and total neglect by Toronto and took him back to Windsor where Lewis began to teach Comparative Literature. It was when Lewis gave a lecture in the Culture Series on Rouault that my mother, who attended the lecture, wrote me in St. Louis. I could not credit the possibility that the great Lewis was actually in Windsor. After all, he was one of the greatest men of the century, both in painting and in prose. I got on a train at once and went to Windsor and met Lewis.

When I got back to St. Louis, I arranged sitters and lectures for him, and he came to St. Louis for a year. One day he said: “Why don’t we go back to Windsor and start up my old art magazine The Enemy?” I wrote Murphy at Assumption and he arranged for me to have a job at Assumption at once, so Lewis joined me in Windsor, just as the war ended. Lewis decided to go back to London and I stayed on at Assumption, whence I moved up to Toronto via the Basilians.”
Letters, (482-483)

Bob Dobbs | Covert Culture

Bob Dobbs, Andrew Greenaway & Ben Watson at Zappanale 22, 2011.

Eben Rey


Pull up a chair and listen as one of the foremost international intelligence operatives reads from his diaries and explains his involvement in the culture during the later half of the twentieth century.

“I went into broadcasting DURING my espionage life. I had to do it in order to direct the Android Meme in my favour via its xenochrony.”

“I'm an MK-ULTRA victim myself! You put me on the radio, I go into what they programmed me to say!”
Bob Dobbs

Download Bob’s Diaries (PDF)
Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation by David McGowan
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, Blood’s a Rover by James Ellroy
Licio Gelli
The Pope and the Vatican Bank, NY Times
In God's Name: An Investigation Into the Murder of Pope John Paul I
Charles Bukowski
Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond
Captain Alfred Matthew Hubbard
Bob’s Media Ecology
Bob Dobbs & Ben Watson audios on London underground radio
Sherman Skolnick
Mae Brussell
Dr Peter Beter
Executive Intelligence Review, Lyndon LaRouche
Memo to Prince Charles, 1990-06-04

iON | 21 March 2015


Zero Hedge
What an interest rate increase means for real people, CNN
Asses to Ashes, Sluts to Dust, Squidbillies
Burned and Reburned Again, Squidbillies
Meth O.D. to My Madness, Squidbillies

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What the Hell is Hell

The Daily Beast
by Candida Moss

Whether hell is an expletive, a coercive threat to keep naughty congregants in line, or a euphemism for a bad date, it seems that hell is thoroughly ingrained in our religious and cultural consciousness.

But this wasn’t always the case. And there are many believing theologians today who think that hell is immoral, nonexistent, or both, prompting the question: where does hell come from and why do we have it?

Chronologically speaking, hell didn’t always feature in conceptual maps of the afterlife. In the Hebrew Bible there are frequent references to Sheol, a place of shadows located physically beneath us. This is where everyone goes when they die, because people are buried in the ground. Upon occasion, Sheol opens its jaws and swallows people—a phenomenon we probably know as earthquakes, but which can in part explain why death is described as swallowing people up. Without a doubt, Sheol is a generally dismal place where people are separated from God, but it isn’t reserved for the especially wicked.

The apocryphal Apocalypse of Peter—an account of a tour of hell undergone by the apostle—describes the tortures of the wicked in excruciating detail. Dante got his visions of hell from a similar apocryphal account known as the Apocalypse of Paul.

iON on Dante’s hell

As we might imagine, not every Christian theologian has been onboard with the idea of eternal punishment. The third-century Christian teacher Origen speculated that even Satan would make it back to heaven eventually. In a recent panel at the winter meeting of the American Society of Church History, noted Duke historian Elizabeth Clark discussed the careers of English Catholic Jesuits who were excommunicated for denying the existence of hell. And evangelical it-boy Rob Bell made his name and eventually secured an Oprah-backed talk show for questioning the existence of hell.

Modern Catholic teaching stresses that hell is primarily a place of separation from God. It’s a lot fluffier and there’s good Biblical basis for this, but modern hell lacks the persuasive punch of medieval hell. After all, for atheists, eternal separation from God just seems like more of the same. Read the complete article at The Daily Beast.

Friday, March 20, 2015

12 Vile Vortices


14 March 2014

Watch Brad Meltzer’s Decoded: Devils Graveyard, Alaska on the History Channel.

Apple ResearchKit


Last week, Apple unveiled ResearchKit, an open-source platform that will make it easier for scientists to build apps that collect health data for research studies from volunteers, along with five iPhone apps aimed at some of the most costly medical conditions in the world.

A day later, thousands of people had already downloaded these apps. The sheer number of participants was so huge that many are already calling ResearchKit and its companion apps a revolution in how medical science will be done.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world have an iPhone in their pocket. Each one is equipped with powerful processors and advanced sensors that can track movement, take measurements, and record information — functions that are perfect for medical studies.

The idea behind ResearchKit was to use the iPhone’s ubiquity to give scientists unprecedented amounts of clinical data. By using the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer, microphone, camera, and pressure sensors—as well as a bevy of personal trackers that can be connected to the iPhone, like the FitBit, glucose monitors, or AliveCor’s portable electrocardiogram recorder—scientists would be able to gather activity and biometric data on people who opted in to be part of research studies.

ABC News

The Apple Watch contains a “health kit,” which can track everything from your heart rate, calories burned, distance walked and how much the user stands per day.

The more a user wears the Apple Watch, the more health data it can collect, and over time, Apple’s Jay Blahnik said that can be a powerful force in the fitness tech market.

“I think we've amassed already what may be one of the world's largest pieces of data on fitness,” he said.

Sensors on the back of the watch monitor your heartbeat and can send & receive taps.


Tap someone a world away using your Apple watch.

The next user interface requires your body. You will literally feel signals chock-full of timely, contextual data. It’s called haptics and the Apple Watch is set to deliver this technology to the masses.

Haptic technology—haptics—uses force upon the skin to deliver real-time tactile feedback. These physical sensations are created by tiny motors called actuators. Haptics can mimic the feeling of a pin prick by a wearable that tracks your blood sugar, simulate the plucking of virtual guitar strings on a tablet screen, or re-create the physical recoil of a phaser from your favorite game controller.

Apple created what it calls a “taptic engine” to deliver physical sensations to your wrist. According to the company:

“The Taptic Engine creates a discreet, sophisticated, and nuanced experience by engaging more of your senses. It also enables some entirely new, intimate ways for you to communicate with other Apple Watch wearers. You can get someone’s attention with a gentle tap. Or even send something as personal as your heartbeat. When you press two fingers on the screen, the built-in heart rate sensor records and sends your heartbeat. It’s a simple and intimate way to tell someone how you feel.”

The heartbeat sent by your significant other, or just an angry colleague, is delivered to your wrist via Apple’s Taptic Engine that produces haptic feedback which feels like a tap on your wrist. These taps will also alert you when Notifications arrive, or if you are following directions the tap will effectively tell you whether to turn right or left.

A “gentle tap” on the device can be sent to another Watch wearer, who will feel the touch on their wrist. Is this a reminder? A nag? Longing? Answer: this is an entirely new form of human-to-human communications. And the “taps” can be customized for different people and different interactions.