Apparently there’s been a years-long effort in Italy to give the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) some regulatory authority to enforce copyrights online. And apparently there has been some fighting over this (mostly over AGCOM’s competence in this field). However, according to The 1709 Blog, it appears that AGCOM is now giving up its goal of regulating copyright online:
Although AGCOM has showed its ability to reconcile the various rights and interests involved in copyright, it will not go ahead with its copyright regulation. This is because Italian Government has not yet adopted the proviso needed to clarify the nature and extension of AGCOM’s competence to this end. Therefore, until this happens, AGCOM will not feel obliged to adopt its “well-balanced” regulation.
This, of course, does not mean that there is no online copyright in Italy. Just that it’s not being regulated by AGCOM for the time being. Considering just how badly pretty much every attempt to regulate copyright has gone recently, perhaps this is a good thing.
The city surveillance video that shows a group of Fullerton police officers beating a homeless mentally ill man to death last year was finally released today, laying to rest any argument that Kelly Thomas was a threat to officers.
The shocking video, which was combined with an audio recorder worn by one of the police officers on the night of July 5, 2011, was shown in court today, then later released to the media.
“Now you see my fists?” Fullerton police officer Manny Ramos asked Thomas while slipping on a pair of latex gloves.
“Yeah, what about them?” Thomas responded.
“They are getting ready to fuck you up,” said Ramos, a burly cop who appears to outweigh Thomas by 100 pounds.
Last year, Ron Thomas, a retired Orange County Sheriff’s deputy, said the City of Fullerton offered him $900,000 to just go away, which would have allowed the two cops to remain on the force unpunished for killing his son.
Thomas was pronounced dead on July 10, five days after the beating that left him in a coma.
April 26, 2012
Keith Preston discusses possible strategies for building resistance to the hegemony of the totalitarian Left.
- The weaknesses of strategies that others have proposed, such as the Majority Strategy and third part efforts;
- How the shrinking size of working to middle class whites makes the achievement of a demographic majority impossible;
- Keith’s concepts of “Liberty and Populism” and “Pan-Secessionism” as grand strategies for building a long term effective resistance to the ruling class;
WAYNESBORO, Va., May 6 (UPI) — The Secret Service arrested a Virginia man for allegedly making repeated death threats against President Barack Obama, authorities say.
Christopher Hecker of Waynesboro was arrested this week, and is being detained pending an evaluation, The (Staunton) News Leader reported.
Hecker allegedly sent an e-mail to WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke April 19 with a subject line saying: “I am going to kill the president of the United States.”
An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg said the FBI traced the e-mail account to Hecker, pegging him for investigation.
The parent company of CNN contacted the Secret Service April 23, saying the same e-mail address had issued bomb threats to the White House and several radio stations, the newspaper said. The author of the e-mails made his location known and boasted that no one had arrested him yet. The Secret Service contacted Hecker regarding the threats, and he responded that he would surrender, but refused to answer questions.
After three more bomb threats, Hecker made authorities aware of his location again Wednesday, allegedly following it with another message that he would “require a vegetarian diet in prison” after killing the president.
…the Rise of Apes
History has ended in the postmodern West, and humanity’s future burns brightly. Nothing will impede inexorable progress toward the perfect harmony envisioned in Coca-Cola’s hilltop commercial, prophesied from Rome 40 years ago:
I’d like to teach the world to sing (Sing with me)
In perfect harmony (Perfect harmony)
I’d like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company (That’s the real thing)
Indeed, the great dream draws ever closer to realization as democracy is enshrined as religion, labor flows erase borders, and the political economy is globalized. Enjoy a Coke! And think nothing of your demographic displacement by alien cultures, of rape and other atrocities, of riots, looting and twitter mobs—just turn to another channel on your flat-screen.
by Jess Nevins
Transhumanism is a popular movement to convert ordinary humans into superhumans, using technology. For 20 years, transhumanism has been a favored topic of futurists, who see it as a possible salvation for humanity.
But we’ve already seen one attempt at transhumanism, and it failed – badly.
The Victorians and New Athleticism
The British took great pride in their imperial accomplishments, but considerably less so in those who were actually establishing, and holding on to, the Empire itself. In the late 18th century the British public was convinced that the British soldier was weak, inferior, and physically unsuitable for representing the Crown. After the end of the Napoleonic wars, British Army leadership decided that soldiers needed more than just formal drills and team sports to get British soldiers into shape. The British government decided to imitate the athletic and gymnastic movements of Western Europe, which emphasized repeated exercise on the forerunners of the modern balance beam, horizontal bar, parallel bar, and vaulting horse. But despite changes to the exercise regimens of the British public, military, and schoolboys, no progress was made, and by the Crimean War in the 1850s British soldiers were once again viewed as physically inferior.
In the aftermath of the Crimean War, two separate social movements arose. The first was “muscular Christianity,” whose proponents believed not only in mens sana in corpore sano, a sound mind in a sound body, but that it was a Christian’s duty to build and maintain a sound, healthy body. More broadly, Muscular Christianity was a rebuke to the notion that physical weakness and effeminacy were connected to spiritual strength.
The second social movement was the “New Athleticism,” which attempted to use sports to instill character, manliness, and modesty, create teamwork, and bridge class differences. New Athleticism spawned numerous organizations and social groups who propagandized for the virtues of cricket, football, and rugby, as well as more general exercise.
Both Muscular Christianity and New Athleticism were touted as the solution for what was seen as the “degenerate” state of the British working classes’ bodies. For many Britons, the body of the British soldier was the representation and even reification of racial fitness and idealized masculinity — and most British soldiers came from the working class. But many Britons during the 1860s and 1870s became convinced that the average British soldier was weaker than his predecessors. Fears that the empire was in decline were commonplace, increasing numbers of men were found to be physically invalid for military service, and it was commonly believed that the infant mortality rate was skyrocketing. Most Britons believed that the British race was decaying and in danger of becoming decadent. These ideas gained power in the 1880s and 1890s and became convictions deeply held by many in the thinking and policy-making classes.
Over the past few years there has been increasing friction between a subset of cryonicists, and people in the Transhumanist (TH) and Technological Singularity communities, most notably those who follow the capital N, Nanotechnology doctrine.[1, 2] Or perhaps more accurately, there has been an increasing amount of anger and discontent on the part of some in cryonics over the perceived effects these “alternate” approaches to and views of the future have had on the progress of cryonics. While I count myself in this camp of cryonicists, I think it’s important to put these issues into perspective, and to give a first-hand accounting of how n(N)anotechnology and TH first intersected with cryonics.
At left, the cover the first cryonics brochure to use the idea of nanotechnological cell repair as a rescue strategy for cryopatients. The brochure was sent out as a mass mailing (~10,000 copies) to special interest groups deemed of relevance in 1984.
It is important to understand that the nanotechnology folks didn’t come to cryonicists and hitch a ride on our star. Quite the reverse was the case. Eric Dexler was given a gift subscription to Cryonics magazine by someone, still unknown, well before the publication of Engines of Creation. When he completed his draft of Engines, which was then called The Future by Design, he sent out copies of the manuscript to a large cross-section of people – including to us at Alcor. I can remember opening the package with dread; by that time we were starting to receive truly terrible manuscripts from Alcor members who believed that they had just written the first best selling cryonics novel. These manuscripts had to be read, and Hugh Hixon and I switched off on the duty of performing this uniformly onerous task.
At left, Eric Drexler, circa the 1980s.
It was my turn to read the next one, so as soon as I saw there was a manuscript in the envelope, I put my legs up on my desk and started reading, hoping to “get it over with” before too much of the day had escaped my grasp. I was probably 5 or 10 pages into the Velobound book, when I uttered an expletive-laced remark to the effect that this was a really, really important manuscript, and one that was going to transform cryonics, and probably the culture as a whole. After Hugh read it, he concurred with me.
I think the Ron Paul movement is evidence of what actually works. He’s obviously the best thing the mainstream libertarians have yet to achieve and that’s because he focuses on issues that affect everyone and that lots of different kinds of people are interested in. He has a solid anti-state, anti-war, anti-Fed message that transcends the usual points of contention from the left and right. That allows him to have a crossover appeal to the more conventional right as well as the antiwar left.
At least fifty calves and three human beings are living with no pulse in their bodies, thanks to an artificial pump that replaced their naturally-grown hearts, as detailed in a story from Popular Science. Doctors Bud Frazier and Billy Cohn devised the artificial organ, and it can completely replace a heart and provide a continuous flow of blood throughout a body without recreating a pulse. While the pulse produced by a creature’s heart is an age-old indicator of life and death, it’s been a tricky thing for the medical field to replicate — but the pulse doesn’t appear to be necessary for life. Cohn tells Popular Science that “I think we’re on the verge, right now, of solving the artificial-heart problem for good. All we had to do was get rid of the pulse.” Be sure to hit the source link if you want to learn more about the incredible genesis of this technology.
US foreign policy ‘experts’ only ever provide an echo chamber for American imperial power. A longer, broader view is necessary
Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated – Japan’s attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example. Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie ahead. Right now, in fact.
At the moment, we are failing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F Kennedy’s decision to launch the most destructive and murderous act of aggression of the post-second world war period: the invasion of South Vietnam, later all of Indochina, leaving millions dead and four countries devastated, with casualties still mounting from the long-term effects of drenching South Vietnam with some of the most lethal carcinogens known, undertaken to destroy ground cover and food crops. More…
Yarns made of the tiny straws of carbon called nanotubes have an astounding ability to twist as they contract, scientists have found.
The effect, reported in Science, is similar to the action of muscles found in elephant trunks and squid tentacles.
However, the yarns twist 1,000 times as much as previous “artificial muscles”.
The team’s goal is to build what amounts to a new body for quadriplegics.
A Brazilian-born physician and neuroscientist has a goal: A young quadriplegic, suited up in a “prosthetic exoskeleton,” will deliver the first kick at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It’s a long shot or, as Dr. Miguel Nicolelis calls it, a “Brazilian moon shot.”
But Nicolelis and his international team of researchers are one major step closer to making it happen, according to the results of their experiment, published in Nature on Wednesday.
- Researchers genetically engineered goats to produce milk packed with the same protein as silk spiders
- The protein is then milked out and spun and weaved into a material ten times stronger than steel
By Daniel Bates
UPDATED: 09:37 EST, 16 August 2011
Researchers genetically engineered goats to produce milk which is packed with the same protein as silk spiders.
Once this is milked out it can be spun out and weaved into a material that is ten times stronger than steel.
The fabric can then be blended with human skin to make what the scientists hope will be tough enough to stop even a bullet.
Surgeons in Sweden have carried out the world’s first synthetic organ transplant. Scientists in London created an artificial windpipe which was then coated in stem cells from the patient. Crucially, the technique does not need a donor, and there is no risk of the organ being rejected. The surgeons stress a windpipe can also be made within days. The 36-year-old cancer patient is doing well a month after the operation.
Scientists at University College London were able to craft a perfect copy of Mr Beyene’s trachea and two main bronchi out of glass. This was then flown to Sweden and soaked in a solution of stem cells taken from the patient’s bone marrow. After two days, the millions of holes in the porous windpipe had been seeded with the patient’s own tissue.
Robert T. Gonzalez
A team of engineers today announced a discovery that could change the world of electronics forever. Called an “epidermal electronic system” (EES), it’s basically an electronic circuit mounted on your skin, designed to stretch, flex, and twist — and to take input from the movements of your body.
EES is a leap forward for wearable technologies, and has potential applications ranging from medical diagnostics to video game control and accelerated wound-healing. Engineers John Rogers and Todd Coleman, who worked on the discovery, tell io9 it’s a huge step towards erasing the divide that separates machine and human.
A synthetic material may help to repair tissue after a heart attack, and aid transplants.
Regenerating blood vessels is important for combating the aftereffects of a heart attack or peripheral arterial disease, and for ensuring that transplanted organs receive a sufficient supply of blood. Now researchers at Northwestern University have created a nanomaterial that could help the body to grow new blood vessels.
Samuel Stupp and his colleagues developed a liquid that, when injected into patients, forms a matrix of loosely tangled nanofibers. Each of these fibers is covered in microscopic protuberances that mimic vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF—a protein that occurs naturally in the body and causes chemical reactions that result in the growth of new blood vessels. By mimicking VEGF, the nanofiber has the same biological effect.
Even as some scientists and engineers develop improved versions of current computing technology, others are looking into drastically different approaches. DNA computing offers the potential of massively parallel calculations with low power consumption and at small sizes. Research in this area has been limited to relatively small systems, but a group from Caltech recently constructed DNA logic gates using over 130 different molecules and used the system to calculate the square roots of numbers. Now, the same group published a paper in Nature that shows an artificial neural network, consisting of four neurons, created using the same DNA circuits.
The Iron Lung of Yesteryear Cleveland researchers have devised a way to pack all the function of existing artificial lung technology into a more efficient package that is the size of an actual human lung. CDC
Researchers in Cleveland have built an artificial lung that is so efficient it can breathe regular air rather than the pure oxygen required by current artificial lungs. The technology makes possible the idea of a man-made lung that is far more portable–and possibly implantable–for the nearly 200 million people suffering from some degree of lung disease.