“US Government Program Secretly Injected Citizens-Plutonium, Uranium”

The Public Health Service took photographs during the Tuskegee syphilis study, but no captions remain. {CNN}

In a secret program that is now admitted to be true, the United States government injected unknowing human ‘participants’ with highly toxic plutonium. It sounds like a bizarre torture scenario that you’d expect to see blamed on illegal terror organizations, but the individuals behind this crime are actually doctors working for the United States government. Disregarding the health of innocent citizens, the government testers were eager to see how unknowing participants suffered as a result of secret plutonium injection.

It began in 1945, when an employee at the Oak Ridge Nuclear Facility was in a car accident. Ebb Cade survived, but was taken in as a human participant in a disturbing study he did not consent to. It is important to note that this man was a fifty-three-year-old African American, as previous government trials have singled out African Americans and other minorities. The racist sterilization programs occurred between 1929 to 1974 under an admitted eugenics programs that officials claimed were ‘creating a better society’. Most victims were poor, black women who were ‘deemed unfit to be parents’. Individuals as young as 10 were sterilized simply for not getting along with schoolmates or being promiscuous, and many parents were misled into sterilizing their children.

Related: NewsRescue- U.S. apologizes to Guatemala for deliberately infecting them with STDs

Ebb Cade was taken and bound to a bed with a broken arm and leg, where doctors interviewed him regarding his current state of health. After determining he was in a state of proper health, doctors secretly injected him with 4.7 micrograms of plutonium on Aptil 10th. It is still unknown who exactly ordered the program within the U.S. government, as they have managed to disassociate themselves with the entire nefarious program. At the time of the injection, scientists were perfectly aware of the negative effects associated with radiation. With cancers and radiation sickness on the rise, these scientists knew exactly what they were doing — examining the effects of plutonium isotopes on living beings.

Prior to the tests on Cade, the scientists injected animals with plutonium and noted the severe adverse effects. In some cases, animals were even fed radioactive waste. In fact, one scientist received a face full of gas and required his stomach to be pumped along with a full face scrub in an attempt to eliminate the threat. The scientists made sure that they were given the full treatment after the exposure. Meanwhile, they were injecting individuals with plutonium.

Tuskegee ‘thank you’ certificates {wikipedia}

Related: CNN- Tuskegee: Studies show ‘dark chapter’ of medical research

Scientists took excretions from Cade over the next five days to see how much plutonium retained in his body. They also refused to set his broken bones until April 15th, and cut samples from the bone before doing so to examine the plutonium content in his bone tissue. Fifteen of his teeth were pulled for testing. After all of this, they never informed Cade what they were doing. One nurse said that the tortured Cade escaped in the middle of the night, and he was later found to die in 1953 of heart failure.

Sadly, Cade was not the last test experiment.

Three human experiments followed, all cancer patients seeking treatment. Instead of treatment, the patients were injected with deadly plutonium in order for government scientists to see the effects. A man in his sixties with lung cancer, a woman in her fifties with breast cancer, and a “young man” with Hodgkin’s lymphoma were all given the poison. Conveniently, the third patient’s records are not available. He was injected with fifteen times more than any other individual, at 95 micrograms.

Radioactive Plutonium {PressTV}

What followed is further widespread testing. The University of Rochester joined the program, injecting patients with not only plutonium but radioactive isotopes like polonium and uranium. Other institutions like the University of California soon followed suit.

Perhaps most concerning is the fact that this disgusting disregard for human health is not an isolated incident. The Tuskegee syphilis experiment is but one example of secret government human experiments that have run rampant throughout recent history. Taking place between 1932 and 1972,  Tuskegee, Alabama, the U.S. Public Health Service knowingly infected poor black men with syphillus in order to test the effects. These men thought that they were receiving free healthcare by the U.S. government.

The list goes on, targeting minorities and the disabled in particular. From forced sterilizations to incognito injections, there is a lengthy history of government testing that shows the blatant disregard for your health by the United States government and elsewhere. With this in mind, is it any wonder why the FDA keeps toxic substances like mercury unregulated among the food supply?

FBI WARNS: Military Gang Members Are Funneling Heavy Weapons To The Streets

This was inevitable with the surge in gang mentality amongst our young people, the same thing is being done in the police forces across the nation. Where has our morality gone?
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The FBI released its gang assessment in October saying that of the 1.4 million gang members in the U.S., many are in the American military.

The High Desert Daily Press, located near Fort Irwin, Ca. follows the FBI report up with an investigation of its own, finding gangs are getting ahold of high powered military weapons and munitions far more often than previously thought (via Military.com).

Their story lists several cases where munitions may have been funneled by military gang members and civilian employees at military bases to California street gangs.

  • 27 AK-47s were stolen from a Fort Irwin warehouse and officials close to the case believe gang members were responsible.
  • In November a gang member and his wife were arrested in Victor Valley, Ca. with several weapons in their home including a live artillery round in their garage.
  • Another, similar, round was confiscated in April this year in the nearby town of Apple Valley and when detonated in the Mojave Desert, left a six-foot crater in the ground.
  • Three former Marines were arrested in November 2010 in L.A. for selling assault weapons to gang Florencia 13.
  • Also in November 2010, a Navy SEAL from San Diego smuggled 18 military machine guns from Iraq and Afghanistan to buyers in New Mexico.

The FBI report mentions gang members are acquiring rifles, grenades, artillery rounds, and body armor.

Former Marine and previous gang member T.J. Heyden told the Daily Press that none of this surprises him.

“It’s a lot harder to get firearms and rifles off a base but artillery rounds aren’t that difficult,” he said, pointing out firearms are counted three times a day, but it’s much harder to account for artillery shells.

“It’s easy to say you fired 10 rounds when you only actually fired eight or six.”

Yale Professor-Carter: “Why are they trying to destroy CHRISTMAS??!!!”

This is a great article on the Christmas Tree, a nice read. Read it imbecile get the history of the Christmas Tree:
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This has not been a great season for the Christmas tree. First there was the short-lived federal effort to add 15 cents to the price of a tree to support promotion of the industry — a fee derided by opponents as a “Christmas tree tax.”

Then there was the decision by the governor of Rhode Island to display a “holiday tree” rather than a “Christmas tree.” And let’s not forget the usual warnings from firefighters about tree lights and dry needles.

True, the business of selling what is essentially a temporary decoration remains huge. Americans will spend about $3.4 billion on Christmas trees this year. But that figure remains below pre-recession levels. Worse, only $800 million will be spent on trees that are actually trees. The rest, alas, will go to the makers of plastic replicas.

By volume, real trees still outsell fake ones, but the trend favors the fakes. They are cheaper over the long run and save time: No more trips to the nursery or the garden shop or the tree farm, no more baling the tree and tying it atop the car, no more struggling to seat it properly in the base. Plastic trees are available fully decorated, and, as the jargon has it, “pre-lit,” thus enabling the buyer to save more time still. But the trend is in other ways enormously sad, the breaking of a sustaining ritual of the American tribe.

Among the fondest of my childhood memories are freezing Christmas Eve jaunts with my father, who often waited to buy the family tree until prices hit rock bottom. Once we were back home, Dad would string the lights as Mom played carols on the piano and my brothers and sisters and I waited impatiently to play our part in the ritual: hanging decorations on the boughs.

Gift of Sacrifice

My parents never spent much on gifts, but the gifts were never the point. The value of our holiday rituals derived from time they required, the sacrifice of other tasks in the communal activity of preparation. We were not a religious family. Church was no more a part of our Christmas celebration than it was of our weekly life. Our tradition was sustained by the hard yet ritualistic work of putting up the tree itself. As it turns out, my parents’ secular yet sacrificial approach to Christmas mirrored the holiday’s peculiar American history — and helps show what the nation is losing as we rush to make Christmas as quick and easy as everything else.

The courts have generally regarded Christmas trees as secular rather than religious symbols, thus clearing the way for towns and cities (and the federal government) to erect their own. Although some people remain uneasy with these rulings, the judges basically have the matter right. Certainly the history is on their side.

Recently I came across an essay published in 1915, defending the public tree as having caused people to “feel together that glow of kindliness and good will which we call the Christmas spirit.” The writer lauded the tree’s symbol as “an idealistic, forward looking conception” that could only lead to better government. What’s striking about his argument is that it is addressing criticism of the municipal tree not from secularists but from Christians: During the tree’s first century on these shores, it was largely Protestants who opposed it.

The first large city to display a tree of its own was New York, 100 years ago — in the face of severe criticism from churches. It was the retailers, not the religious, who demanded the tree. According to the historian Stephen Nissenbaum, whose excellent volume “The Battle for Christmas” is the definitive tale of the holiday’s travails in the U.S., it was the forces of commerce, not faith, that pressed to turn a day largely ignored by American churches into the widely celebrated holiday it has become.

A Forbidden Holiday

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, an America that was largely Protestant or secular dismissed the Christmas celebration as a decadent European tradition that had no proper home in the newly founded republic. Churches shut their doors on Christmas Day, and many Puritan communities forbade the holiday for its frivolity. (Some towns required by law that businesses remain open on Christmas.)

It was the rising retail trade that began to press for change. By the early 19th century, Nissenbaum says, stores had already adopted the image of Santa Claus in an effort to sell their goods. Even the iconic Christmas tale “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (now familiarly known as “The Night Before Christmas”) benefited mainly the retail trade.

Via: Bloomberg

FED. RESERVE : “Get over it KUCINICH, $7.7 TRILLION DOLLARS POCKET CHANGE in Zimbabwe”

Wow, I can’t even fathom a hundred trillion-dollar note. The sad thing, it’s worth sheeet. A few may have never heard of Zimbabwe (originally Rhodesia-Cecil John Rhodes’ playground now left to rot-such a scholarly act), however to the uninformed, welcome to Zimbabwe. Hmmm, something tells me Dr. Evil of Austin Powers fame should have taken some advice from the natives of Zimbabwe. They would have told him, one hundred trillion dollars is no money. On the other hand, I guess this is the country you visit to be a trillionaire for a week or as long as your quids last, init. I hear you can get three eggs for a billion dollars. Sweet, my kind of economy.
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STACKS ON DECK BWOY! BWOY!

A number  lesson from Marcus du Sautoy is professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford (pronounced Ox-fad).

0 or zero

A relative newcomer on the mathematical scene, zero wasn’t recognised as a number in its own right until the Indians started exploring its properties in the seventh century AD (they are also responsible for the other nine symbols we use for recording numbers, known as the Arabic-Hindu system). Zero was introduced to Europe by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci in the 12th century – and the authorities were so suspicious of it that in 1299 the government of Florence banned its use.

The Indians’ invention of the number zero is directly related to their fascination with large numbers. The Sanskrit saga Lalitavistara gives an account of Gautama Buddha, who is asked at one point to name all of the numbers up to those with 421 zeros. A time-consuming task.

10

The base-10 system we use today is a direct result of the fact we count on our 10 fingers (the Simpsons, presumably, are working in base eight). Other cultures were not so hooked on powers of 10: the ancient Babylonians collected things in powers of 60, and we see hangovers of their system of numbers in the modern world. The fact that there are 60 minutes in an hour and 360 degrees in a circle is a relic of the Babylonians’ choice of base 60. The effect of putting zeros on the end of a Babylonian number is therefore even more devastating than on our modern decimal notation.

1,000,000 (one million)

We really start to see the power of the Arabic-Hindu system coming into its own as we hit the big numbers. The Romans had to keep on cooking up new letters every time their numbers got bigger – C for 100, D for 500, M for 1,000 – because they didn’t have zeros to add on to the end. To give a sense of how big a million is, 1m seconds is just over 11½ days and if you laid 1m pound coins end to end, they would stretch for 14 miles.

1,000,000,000 (one billion)

In the UK, this number used to be called, simply, 1,000 million, while a billion was reserved for a million million (a number with 12 zeros). But pressure to standardise our numbers with the US drove Harold Wilson to announce in 1974 that any government mention of a billion would from then on mean a number with nine zeros.

If you really want someone to blame for the confusion over billions, however, it’s the French. Throughout history, they have flip-flopped between different definitions, wreaking havoc on the names of numbers. In 1480, they proposed that a billion have 12 zeros, which is what the British adopted. Then, in the middle of the 17th century, they knocked three zeros off, so a billion became a number with nine zeros. The young United States inherited this new definition. Then in 1948, the French reverted back to the old system.

1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion)

To help Obama put the full scale of his rescue plan into perspective, one trillion seconds would take you back 31,709 years to the time of the hunter-gatherers. If you lined up the 1.5tn pound coins that were reported to have been wiped off the global markets on one single black Friday, they would get you from here to Mars.

1,000,000,000,000,000 (one quadrillion)

Mathematicians write this number as 1015: the superscript tells you how many zeros there are after the one. Given that we are already wiping trillions off the markets, this is the next order of magnitude that’s surely soon going to start appearing on the scene.

The Americans and British call this number a quadrillion, although the European name is a billiard. The world’s derivative market has a notional value of nearly half a quadrillion dollars – that’s 10 times the value of the world’s output, which is why it is regarded as a ticking timebomb by some analysts. Line up a quadrillion pound coins, and they will take you outside our solar system.

10100 … (one googol)

This numerical name was coined in 1938 by a nine-year-old boy, Milton Sirotta, who was asked by his mathematical uncle to think of a name for a number with one followed by 100 zeros. If that’s not mindboggling enough, a “googolplex” is a number with a googol number of zeros. As surely everyone knows, a misspelt version of this number is now the name of a rather well-known internet search engine. It was also the answer to the million pound question given by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? cheat Major Charles Ingram.

316470269330 … 66697152511

This is the largest prime number that has been discovered (with the aid of a large computer) to date. It has nearly 13m digits and was only found in August of last year. Printing the full number would require a G2 page about 30 miles long, and it would take more than two months to read aloud all the digits. It earned the discoverer a prize of $100,000 for the first prime number to break the 10m-digit barrier. The next prize on offer is $150,000, for a prime number with more than 100m digits. Thanks to the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid, we know that there are prime numbers out there with as many digits as we want.

A zillion

Ask a child to name a really big number and they will often go for a zillion. This name does not correspond to any particular number, but has gone into the lexicon to mean a number of indefinitely large magnitude, coined by the American writer Damon Runyon, the author of Guys and Dolls.

Infinity

The smart kids will go for infinity as the largest number imaginable. Until the end of the 19th century, the concept represented the unknowable – but amazingly, in 1874, a mathematician called Georg Cantor revealed that there are many sorts of infinity, some larger than others. He also showed how one can make sense of adding and multiplying infinities. He paid for his investigation, however, spending much of his life in a German mental asylum in Halle.

So, in the great scheme of the mathematical universe, the numbers being bandied about over the last few weeks are pretty small beer. However bad it gets, mathematicians will always be ready with a name and notation to tackle the next onslaught of bad economic figures.

“Is LINKEDIN losing its LUSTER??!!”

Pity poor Linkedin. From an operational point of view it’s doing everything right: The company’s revenues rose 126 percent to $140 million in Q3 2011 and it would have been profitable if not for taxes. Its stock remains at a buoyant $71 or so despite heavy dilution from insider sales and new share issues.

It should be the most exciting tech company on the block. Instead, it remains a media wallflower.  The notion that Linkedin is boring has become something of a media meme.

TechCrunch once called it “the boring social network that won’t find you a date but may land you a job.” My colleagues openly admit that they ignore Linkedin. In fact, most Linkedin members rarely look at the site.
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NEWT GINGRICH: Spanish is “the language of living in a ghetto.”…WHOA DONKEY

As the Republican candidates for the 2012 Election (with the exception of Ron Paul and John Huntsman) continue to spew garbage out their bunghole. A jewel of wisdom from Newt Gingrich past has come back to haunt him. In 2007, the Hispanics were the scapegoat for America’s woe; it’s never the legislators or the policies they enact into law. However, peep the evidence of hatred that continues to divide poor , middle and working class people. We all face the same problem but the leaders and the dunce of America continue to divide us with BS like racism, class warfare and discrimination. Hey Newt, I suggest you look for the origin of the word ghetto before you open your trap. Peep it:
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Now that Gingrich has joined the top tier of the Republican presidential competition, the opposition research from competing campaigns has started coming out.

Exhibit A comes in the from Politico’s Jonathan Martin, who reports that another campaign has begun circulating video from a speech that Gingrich gave in 2007 to the National Federation of Republican Women where he said that Spanish is “the language of living in a ghetto.”

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“THE ILLMATICEST tech breakthroughs THAT WILL CHANGE computing Forever”

Kiss all them wires goodbye, the science nerds that sat beside you in highschool has done it again; the nerds designed laser connected chips. Coolness nerds, you just saved me a lot of multi-tasking with the mouse and my camera while researching on OMEGLE. Now if you could design a keyboard that works when I’m scratching my nut sack, then we have solved the true dilemma. Anyways stoopid, check out the deets and thanks for checking Synamatiq’s tweets:
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Computerworld – Imagine a world with electronic devices that can power themselves, music players that hold a lifetime of songs, self-healing batteries, and chips that can change abilities on the fly. Based on what’s going on in America’s research laboratories, these things are not only possible, but likely.

NIST’s David Seiler: What is “far-out fantasy” today will soon become commonplace.

“The next five years will be a very exciting time for electronics,” says David Seiler, chief of the semiconductor electronics division at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. “There will be lots of things that today seem like far-out fantasy but will start to be commonplace.”

In this two-part series, we’ll take you on a tour of what could be the future of electronics. Some of these ideas may sound fantastic, others simply a long-overdue dose of common sense, but the common thread is that they have all been demonstrated in the lab and have the potential to become commercially available products in the next five years or so.

Today’s story focuses on chip-level advances, from processors that transmit data via lasers instead of wires to circuits made with new materials that leave conventional silicon ones in the dust. These technologies could be the building blocks for a plethora of new and innovative products, some of which we can’t even conceive of today.

And don’t miss part 2 of the series, covering five innovations in access, power and control.

Chips without wires: The laser connection

An up-close look at any microprocessor reveals millions of tiny wires going every which way to connect its active elements. Go below the surface, and there can be more than five times as many wires. Jurgen Michel, a researcher at MIT’s Microphotonics Center in Cambridge, Mass., wants to replace all those wires with flashing germanium (Ge) lasers that transmit data via infrared light.

“As processors get more cores and components,” explains Michel, “the interconnecting wires become clogged with data and are the weak link. We’re using photons, rather than electrons, to do it better.”

[ Related reading: Shining a light on the chip interconnect bottleneck ]

Capable of moving data at, well, the speed of light, a Ge laser can transmit bits and bytes 100 times faster than electricity moving through wires can, which means the critical connections between the chip’s processing cores and its memory, for example, won’t hold the rest of the device back. Just as fiber-optic communications made phone calls more efficient a generation ago, using lasers inside chips could put computing into overdrive.

These circuits communicate using a germanium laser

These circuits communicate using a germanium laser.
Photo: Dominick Reuter/MIT.

The best part is that MIT’s system doesn’t require tiny fiber cables buried inside each processor. Instead, the chip is crisscrossed with a series of subterranean tunnels and caverns to transmit the pulses of light; tiny mirrors and sensors relay and interpret the data.

This mixing of traditional silicon electronics with optical components — a practice known as silicon photonics — can make computers greener as well. That’s because lasers use less power than the wires they replace and give off less heat that needs to be cooled.

“Optoelectronics is a holy grail,” says Seiler. “It can broaden electronics and is a great way to cut power use because you don’t have all those wires acting like space heaters.”

In February 2010, Michel and his collaborators, Lionel Kimerling and Jifeng Liu, successfully created and tested a functioning circuit that incorporates Ge laser data transfers. The chip hit speeds of over a terabit per second, or two orders of magnitude faster than today’s best chips with wired connectors can do.
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