NuNORML

This deadly mental defect is of course most evident among American political and military leaders, followed, I would say, by Israel, then Russia, China, France, Great Britain, S. Africa and the rest of the nuclear “club”.  The little guys — India, Pakistan, N. Korea, and potentially Iran are at most interested in having a deterrent against preemptive unilateral action against them by the First World’s hegemons, starting with the US, applying overwhelming conventional force under the cover of nuclear invincibility.

10 percent of total Chinese trade is already being settled in their own currency, up from approx. zero 2 years ago…

[[Jimi Hendrix]] All Along The Watchtower ((Live)) At The Isle Of Wight ||HD|| (by JimiHendrixTrix)

tristetriste:

Things are Queer (1973) by Duane Michals

This piece by Duane Michals comprises nine photographs, each one a detail of the one that follows. The first shot shows a bog-standard bathroom. Then the camera pulls back to reveal what is either an oversized man, or an undersized bathroom: the man’s foot is the size of the lavatory-bowl. During the ensuing sequence, it emerges that the photograph of the man in the tiny bathroom is itself a picture in a book being read by another man in an alley. Then it turns out that the man reading the book in the alley is also a picture of a picture in a frame which is hanging on a wall. The final twist in this circuitous tale is the revelation that this picture of the man reading the book in the alley is itself a picture hanging on the original bathroom wall. Things are Queer neatly challenges the viewer’s assumptions about the photographic version of reality. The sequence taken as a whole has a cheeky intrigue - at no point can we actually identify the perspective of the camera, the reality of each shot is superseded by the next.

The enemy, in the final analysis, is our own deeply-ingrained habit of Supremacist thinking, or, as I wrote not long ago in another comment, our Old Testament notion of God-given Dominion, over all the creatures of the Earth and over others who are different from ourselves.  Ultimately, hatred turns itself inward and outward, against ourselves and against God himself.

When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA’s cover…

Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a “consulate” and a nearby “annex,” was a CIA base. [The Republicans] did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing…

In their questioning and in the public testimony they invited, the lawmakers managed to disclose, without ever mentioning Langley directly, that there was a seven-member “rapid response force” in the… [annex]…

The Republican lawmakers, in their outbursts, alternated between scolding the State Department officials for hiding behind classified material and blaming them for disclosing information that should have been classified. But the lawmakers created the situation by ordering a public hearing on a matter that belonged behind closed doors.

Republicans were aiming to embarrass the Obama administration over State Department security lapses. But they inadvertently caused a different picture to emerge than the one that has been publicly known: that the victims may have been let down not by the State Department but by the CIA. If the CIA was playing such a major role in these events, which was the unmistakable impression left by Wednesday’s hearing, having a televised probe of the matter was absurd.

Letting us in on a secret (via diadoumenos)

This is an interesting development.  O what tangled webs we weave…

Paola Corzo - Peruvian Lady of Italian descent

Paola Corzo - Peruvian Lady of Italian descent

cavetocanvas:

Lord Frederic Leighton, A Roman Lady, 1858-59

Me piace

cavetocanvas:

Lord Frederic Leighton, A Roman Lady, 1858-59

Me piace

What Some Great Men Have Thought About History

History: an account mostly false, of events unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves and soldiers mostly fools. Ambrose Bierce

History is the name we humans give to the horizon of consciousness within which we live. Harvey Cox

The value of history is that it teaches us what man has done, and thus, what man is. R.G. Collingwood

The past is never dead. It´s not even past. William Faulkner

Happy people have no history. Leo Tolstoy

The supreme purpose of history is a better world. Herbert Hoover

History is not history unless it is the truth. Abraham Lincoln

We learn from history that we do not learn from history. Hegel

History is just one damned thing after another. Arnold Toynbee

climateadaptation:

Lettuce Bot would eliminate jobs, lower chemical pesticide use, and increase production.
joshbyard:

Agricultural Robots Can Tell The Difference Between Plants and Weeds, Can Thin Crops
Lettuce Bot uses a camera to image the plants beneath it. Machine learning algorithms then identify which ones are desirable and which are weeds. It can work with iceberg and romaine lettuces.
Once a plant is identified as a weed, a target spray, which is mounted behind the camera, will then shoot a targeted spray of an organic compound, such as hot steam or hot organic oil, at the plant and the plant will quickly die,” the company told Startup Lab.
The plant-classification algorithm is 98 to 99 percent accurate, and the kill mechanism is accurate to a quarter of an inch when the prototype is moving a 1 mph. The firm wants it to move at 3 mph while keeping it on target. Blue River says its machines will be more efficient than other means of weed-killing, and will work well in organic fields or those that have chemical-resistant weeds.
(via Down on the farm, Lettuce Bot is quietly slaying weeds | Cutting Edge - CNET News)

climateadaptation:

Lettuce Bot would eliminate jobs, lower chemical pesticide use, and increase production.

joshbyard:

Agricultural Robots Can Tell The Difference Between Plants and Weeds, Can Thin Crops

Lettuce Bot uses a camera to image the plants beneath it. Machine learning algorithms then identify which ones are desirable and which are weeds. It can work with iceberg and romaine lettuces.

Once a plant is identified as a weed, a target spray, which is mounted behind the camera, will then shoot a targeted spray of an organic compound, such as hot steam or hot organic oil, at the plant and the plant will quickly die,” the company told Startup Lab.

The plant-classification algorithm is 98 to 99 percent accurate, and the kill mechanism is accurate to a quarter of an inch when the prototype is moving a 1 mph. The firm wants it to move at 3 mph while keeping it on target. Blue River says its machines will be more efficient than other means of weed-killing, and will work well in organic fields or those that have chemical-resistant weeds.

(via Down on the farm, Lettuce Bot is quietly slaying weeds | Cutting Edge - CNET News)