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Outrage Over Israeli 9/11 Cartoon

Unlike the Danish cartoonists who mocked Mohammed, the Israeli political cartoonist Amos Biderman who has caused massive controversy with a cartoon depicting a jet flying into the Twin Towers a la 9/11 probably won’t receive any death threats, but still… The post Outrage Over Israeli 9/11 Cartoon ap

God Is the Machine

Vancouver Film School (cc by 2.0) via Wired (from 2002): “A Mind Bending Meditation on the Transcendent Power of Digital Computation.” By Kevin Kelly At today’s rates of compression, you could download the entire 3 billion digits of your DNA onto about four CDs.

New World Disorder: Challenges for the UN in the 21st Century with Kofi Annan

[Editor's note: The video below is not the full speech. The above video also has part of the Q&A, which Luke is a part of.] This is a speech that Kofi Annan gave in NYC at Baruch college that was titled “New World Disorder.” We couldn’t believe it ourselves so we wanted to post the full video of the former general secretary of the U.N talking openly about the plan for a New World Order.

Terrestrial Energy Co.: Vanquish the Arrested Future of Nuclear Energy

In a Sept 2014 talk at the Economic Club of Canada, Hugh MacDiarmid coolly lays out the groundwork of a new energy future, without the pie-in-the-sky wishes of fusion, the intermittent inadequacy of solar and wind, or the non-renewable carbon emissions of coal, oil, and gas.

Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They’re Not Scientists

Gov. Rick ScottHint: “I’m not a scientist” = “I don’t want to talk about that.” Coral Davenport investigates the new Republican mantra for the New York Times: Gov.

Debunking the Myth of Why the Atomic Bombs Were Necessary | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin reflects on the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and explains why this wasn’t a necessary action in order to end World War II.

Unsettling Post-Mortem Photographs from the Victorian Era

via Viral Nova [Please follow the link to see all of the photos]: The Victorian Era was a pretty morbid time in human history.

So, You Want To Be A Porn Star?

There is something unique about porn stars. It isn’t just the fact that they fuck a lot of people on camera, although that is surely attention getting.

Ouija Boards Are Even Creepier When You Know How They Work

By Jenna (cc by 2.0). via The Nerdist: With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to pull your Ouija board off that seldom dusted shelf and channel a spirit or two for answers to your most sleepover-enhancing questions.

Politics can interact with evolution to shape human destiny

Image from page 47 of “The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex” (1871) Press Release via Eureka Alert: Politics can have unintentional evolutionary consequences that may cause hastily issued policies to cascade into global, multigenerational problems, according to political scientists.

From Dictatorship to Democracy

From Dictatorship to Democracy Last night, whilst watching TV, a very interesting documentary was on, called How to Start a Revolution. I had never heard of the book “From Dictatorship to Democracy” before, nor how it had been instrumental to the Velvet and Orange revolutions of Eastern Europe, not to mention several other popular uprisings around the world (Arab Spring, etc.).

Batman at 75

While I’ve been posting all year about the William S. Burroughs centenary, I have yet to mark this illuminated text with the dark shadow of Batman who is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year.

Acid Powered UFO’s From Hell: The Psychedelic Horror of Phil Mucci

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m an enormous fan of the band Monster Magnet. Maybe this has to do with a friend of mine playing Dopes to Infinity on repeat the first time I ever took LSD.

‘Data smashing’ could automate discovery, untouched by human hands

Anthony Topper (cc by 2.0) via Kurzweil: Accelerating Intelligence: From recognizing speech to identifying unusual stars, new discoveries often begin with comparison of data streams to find connections and spot outliers.

Rolling Balls through the Mind: On the Virtues of Laziness

I could have a job, but am too lazy to choose it; I have got land, but am too lazy to farm it. My house leaks; I am too lazy to mend it.

Tim Leary profile with John Higgs and an interview with Thad McKracken

Episode #126 of The Cult Of Nick descends into the net. It features John Higgs, who writes an excellent blog here and tweets here.

Tim Leary profile with John Higgs and an interview with Thad McKracken

Episode #126 of The Cult Of Nick descends into the net. It features John Higgs, who writes an excellent blog here and tweets here.

Embracing ‘The Third Wave’

via One night saw me watching and listening to the performance videos of Charice Pempengco.

William Gibson interview: time travel, virtual reality, and his new book

William Gibson (CC by-sa 2.0) via The Verge: Our geography is dissolving into the digital. Science fiction author William Gibson’s work, from cyberpunk classic Neuromancer to his more recent, less overtly futuristic novels, is usually more concerned with smart cultural analysis than plotting the mechanics of new technology.

This Is Your Brain on Drugs

A Harvard-Northwestern study has found differences between the brains of young adult marijuana smokers and those of nonsmokers.