WikiLeaks releases more sensitive US documents

WikiLeaks has again released sensitive US documents that show a number of communications between the US state department and US embassies worldwide.

Description from Wikipedia, and list of contents by region, here. Very interesting.

“The United States diplomatic cables leak began in late November 2010 when the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks and five major newspapers published a cache of confidential documents that detail correspondence between the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies around the world. The leaking of the U.S. embassy cables is the third in a series of U.S. classified document “megaleaks” distributed by WikiLeaks in 2010, following the Afghan War documents leak in July, and the Iraq War documents leak in October.

The first 200 of the 251,287 documents were published on 28 November by WikiLeaks, El PaĆ­s (Spain), Le Monde (France), Der Spiegel (Germany), The Guardian (United Kingdom), and The New York Times (United States).[1][2] Over 130,000 of the documents are unclassified and none of the documents are classified as “top secret”; some 100,000 are labeled “confidential” on the classification scale and some 15,000 documents are at the higher level “secret”.[1][3] The initial release highlighted diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Middle East states.[4] WikiLeaks plans to release the entirety of the cables in phases over several months.[2]”

Sarah Palin has blamed Obama’s administration for their incompetence in dealing with the situation, claiming the WikiLeaks founder should be treated as a terrorist. Fox News persona Bill O’reilly has stated that he should be executed or put in prison for life.

Obama’s administration has replied to the critisizm by reaffirming their desire for a transparent government, but stating that releasing of theft of sensitive US documents is a crime.

WikiLeaks has been undergoing a number of DDOS attacks recently to stop their releasing of further information. The most recent one occuring just 5 hours ago. On their twitter WikiLeaks states just 3 hours ago: “DDOS attack now exceeding 10 Gigabits a second.”

If we as people including governments are doing everything right and with good intentions, what should be the need for secrecy?

Nano Technology 101

Where and what is nano? How will it shape our future? Nanoscience is the study of phenomena and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale. The strange world of nanoscience – it can take you into atoms and beyond the stars.

Richard Dawkins reads hatemail by the fire…

Our man richard dawkins reading hatemail by the fire…

Smash his Camera! The story of the first Paparazzo

“Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty.

As it turned out, he gave them a strange and lasting beauty they might never have known without him. Inherent in the story of this notorious paparazzo are the complex issues of the right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship.

He sneaked around and invaded and bribed and held up his camera and shot till he dropped (or someone dropped him). His was the artistry of the sniper. Yet Galella found something essential in his real-life subjects, and he gave it permanence.”

Watch this Documentary here

Transplanting Memories

I recently watched a documentary about how some heart transplant patients, start to pick up personality traits immediatly after recovery. changes in appetite, lifestyle and in some cases dreams, some feel they are truly two people in one body working together to both stay alive… this is only about 9 or 10% of the patients so it is still not proven and is still quite a mystery.

It also explains how scientists have found complex sets of neurons in the heart, and a recent electron-microscopic photo shows that indeed the heart has its own tiny brain capable of storing information for short, and long term storage… your heart has this buffer memory that can save information almost like a computer program to place future beats in queue to save energy… almost like cruise control for your body. This discovery has opened the idea that ones self and sub-conscious is more complex than recently thought. It seems the old sayings like “the heart wants what it wants” may have more scientific and psychological truth than first thought. Interesting stuff, and a must see for anyone!

Energy, Ego, and Entheogens: The Reality of Human Liberation from Illusion

Great essay by Martin W. Ball featured on entitled: Energy, Ego, and Entheogens: The Reality of Human Liberation from Illusion. A long read but a great one.

“This fundamental truth resolves all existential, spiritual, and metaphysical questions. Any system of belief or “knowledge” that claims that a human being is anything less than a full and complete embodiment of God is an ego-generated illusion, pure and simple. That means that virtually nothing of what any religion has to say bares any real weight or value for humans – they are fantasy systems. It also means that no one has a soul to save, a mind stream to evolve, or some other perfected world or state to get to. Reality, as we experience it, here now, on Planet Earth, is what God is doing. This is it. Any talk about “other realms” and “higher states of being” is pure nonsense and promotes ego-generated irresponsibility and illusion. This is it, so get real.”

“It is very rare that people give themselves permission to “be themselves,” and even if they do want to give themselves that permission, they probably have no idea who they actually are or what “being themselves” means. Egos are firmly attached to their sense of identity and don’t want to give it up. Egos hold onto culture, religion, tradition, politics, the teachings of their beloved icons, and all manner of ideas of right and wrong, good and bad, proper and improper, to structure how they choose to identify and express energy.”

Kanye West on creativity, music, the media, culture, celebrity