Newspaper headlines: 'Terror crackdown' for web giants and 'Scottish showdown' for PM - The home secretary's criticism of encrypted messaging apps in the wake of the Westminster attack dominates Monday's newspaper front pages.
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Excerpted from the book, The Art of Urban Survival, this video teaches how to recognize the signs of impending war and what you can do to protect yourself and your family from wartime conditions.
The Department of Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been extremely interested in robotic and cyber technology over the past few years and has now contracted Boston Dynamics to make the first Terminator-like robot fully functional.
When will we reach a point where robots become self-aware?
The Answer is — We already have, as reported in the article “Army Achieves ‘Skynet’ —Self-Aware Decision Making Network“
Boston Dynamics (the makers of the FEMA ‘Big Dog’) are contracted to design a few items for DARPA. A robotic chetah that can outrun the fastest man, zig-zag, turn, maneuver, and stop on a dime is in the works as we speak.
Boston Dynamis said;
“It will be able to zig-zag and take tight turns in order to chase and evade…. it will also be able to make sudden stops and could end up with a tail.”
Chuckahoe, Florida - Wendy Anne Silvernail, 27, was found beaten to death at about 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, when police conducted a well-being check at the request of her family. Police were greeted at the scene by a young boy who opened the door and stated, "Mommy is hurt and she won't wake up." The four year-old led police upstairs to a bedroom where his mother lay sprawled on blood-caked carpeting, partially nude. Next to the corpse police found her two year-old daughter sleeping but physically unharmed. At that time the woman had been dead for approximately twelve hours and had been badly beaten with a blunt object, according to police.
Silvernail's family became alarmed when she along with her two children did not arrive for a traditional dinner with them as planned, at her parents home in Georgia. They had had already been concerned about her safety because of what was described as an increase in the level and frequency of violence in the house where she lived. Silvernail's boyfriend, Tom Baiter, 31, is a person of interest in the homicide, but has not yet been located by police.
According to Silvernail's sister, Jamie Angelhook of Georgia, Silvernail and Baiter had been together for about three years, and that he is the father of the younger child found at the scene of the grisly homicide. Also according to Angelhook, Silvernail had just returned to the home days earlier, after trying to leave the alleged batterer. Tragically, she had been denied assistance after failing a new mandatory drug screening.
"She's not a druggie," Angelhook said as tears welled up in her eyes. "If anyone is a druggie it's him (Baiter.) She might have smoked pot once in a while to keep the peace with him, but he was into all sorts of drugs and it was getting worse. Another reason she was trying to get away from him. She didn't want her babies exposed to that kind of lifestyle."
Tonight, those two children are in the custody of the state, as their extended family struggles to make arrangements for them. Recent financial hardship and several illnesses have left Silvernail's family in a position to be of little help, according to her sister who also states, "That's why she went to Florida with him in the first place. There was just no room for her and a baby here. She didn't want to be a burden," Angelhook continued.
Story continues at link: http://www.florida-record-archive.html/1001
Ignorance Is Bliss When It Comes to Challenging Social Issues
ScienceDaily (Nov. 21, 2011) — The less people know about important complex issues such as the economy, energy consumption and the environment, the more they want to avoid becoming well-informed, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
And the more urgent the issue, the more people want to remain unaware, according to a paper published online in APA's Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
"These studies were designed to help understand the so-called 'ignorance is bliss' approach to social issues," said author Steven Shepherd, a graduate student with the University of Waterloo in Ontario. "The findings can assist educators in addressing significant barriers to getting people involved and engaged in social issues."
Through a series of five studies conducted in 2010 and 2011 with 511 adults in the United States and Canada, the researchers described "a chain reaction from ignorance about a subject to dependence on and trust in the government to deal with the issue."
In one study, participants who felt most affected by the economic recession avoided information challenging the government's ability to manage the economy. However, they did not avoid positive information, the study said.
Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111121142446.htm