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Boeing Loses Jobs to France »

I’ve flown in the Airbus A321neo, and I have to say, it is a sweet ride; wider seats, a markedly wider aisle for faster boarding and easier cabin movement, a quiet ride, and more overhead storage.  Most also feature amenities such as 8.9-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitors, AC outlets for you laptop, and WiFi.

American-Airlines’-New-A321-Planes--610x343And Airbus  is eating Boeing’s lunch.

“We will start reducing employment levels beginning with executives and managers first,” said company spokesman Doug Alder. “We will also use attrition and voluntary layoffs. As a last resort, involuntary layoffs may be necessary.” Read the rest

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Syria, Oil, and Why the U.S. Will Do Nothing About Climate Change »

Our reason for being in Syria has nothing to do with “humanitarian” efforts, or Russian “aggression”, or spreading the shining light of democracy throughout the world. It’s the usual suspect; OIL.

deffcts-01In 1971, Nixon detached the dollar from the gold standard, and in order to keep the dollar from collapsing, they effectively attached it to the sale of oil (mainly from Saudi Arabia). Large purchases of oil by countries are required to use the dollar as currency (hence the name, “petro-dollar”). This provided and continues to provide a high demand for the dollar, so it’s value remains high and stable.

China and Russia are challenging that association. They want to establish a supply of oil based on an alternate currency. This would erode the value of the dollar, and the U.S.’s geo-political influence world wide.  Ultimately, such devaluation could lead to the de-crowning of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

Syria has become the stage where this drama is playing out. If Russia dominates, they will gain major influence in the region, and with it the associated oil supply (and remember, Russia was invited by Syria to provide military and strategic assistance, the U.S. was not!). The U.S. is determined to preserve its present military profile in the region, and to do so is working hard to overthrow Assad, and to destroy and destabilize the country. We are also very busy these days ginning up a reason to confront Russia directly.

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The ground floor of our economic house-of-cards is based on the ever dwindling and environmentally lethal “black gold”. Nixon’s decision probably made sense back in 1971, when oil was widely considered to have infinite supply and infinite demand. However, that is no longer the case. That single deal with the devil could easily spell disaster for us and the the rest of the world.

At this point, the United States CAN NOT do a thing about reducing their and the world’s dependency on fossil fuels without simultaneously sabotaging their own economy!  

If the U.S. makes a serious effort to switch to sustainable alternative energy sources, they will be indirectly undermining the current power of the dollar.  Maybe this is why our government is dragging it’s feet, and not being at all aggressive about the coming climate crisis.  

This article written by:  James Wilson, jimdubyah@gmail.com

Bio

JAMES WILSON: Vice-President at Synergetics Inc., an Information Technology company headquartered in Colorado [retired].  Inventor, author and researcher in the field of behavioral and neuro-science. BMI registered composer with compositions aired on TV, in film, and live productions world wide. Blog author and administrator. After living in Southern California for many years, James and his family recently moved near Minneapolis, MN in order to better mitigate the effects of climate change.

Visual Device Thought to Slow Aging »

Slow Down Your Inner-Clock & Slow Aging!  While surfing the Design-Prototypeweb (Google of course) we came across this interesting YouTube video.  Based on a clinical study at Nova University, it suggests that the aging process can be slowed down simply by watching this video several times a week.

We contacted the video’s author, and asked a few questions.  The author, James Wilson, an inventor, software engineer, and musician, said he put this device together originally as a tool for music analysis, but, after repeated viewing, found that it had a very noticeable psychological effect as well; a kind of “buzz” as he put it.

One thing led to another, and it ended up as the key ingredient to a biofeedback study conducted at Nova University with noted bio-feedback pioneer Dr. Joe Kamiya as part of the research team.

The study implies that the device in addition to right hemisphere activation, reduces stress, but also might be slowing down our “biological clock”; i.e., slowing down our sense of time and hence our aging process.

Mr. Wilson feels that the effects are much stronger when seated in front of the device, listening to some soothing music.  But, the video is available to everyone, and it’s free!

Here is a link to the video.

Try it, and judge for yourself.  You will need to invest 6 minutes of your time twice a week.  Expect results within 3 to 4 weeks.  You will enjoy the music by Mozart regardless.

The full Nova University research paper can be accessed HERE:

 

Contact:  jimdubyah@gmail.com

 

The New Civics For Our Millennials »

I am encouraged that the generation we call “The Millennials” seem very much aware of what is being done to them by our government and the power elites.  Many already understand what it has taken me several years of reading and observation to digest and conclude.  But for those Millennials still trying to grapple with the insanity, I’ve compiled a brief addendum to what they taught you in High School Civics.

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SiriusXM to increase subscription price »

In a letter sent to SiriusXM customers details a $1 per month increase to the current SiriusXM Select and Select Family Friendly packages and will go into effect April 27, 2016.

This is the second rate increase in the last 12 months, last June a $1 increase was made effective on all plans.

Sirius XM’s revenues have increased 64% in the last five years,  driven not only by increases in subscriber count and ARPU, but by an expansion into Canada as well.

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On Climate Action, Bernie Stands Alone »

We can discount the entire gaggle of Republican candidates right off the bat.  Trump puts it this way:

apolarbearnotintroubleTRUMP:  “I believe it goes up and it goes down.  So I am not a believer, and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather.”

Ted Cruz has this to say:

“Climate change is not science. It’s religion.  Look at the language, where they call you a denier.  Denier is not the language of science … Any good scientist is a skeptic; if he’s not, he or she should not be a scientist. But yet the language of the global warming alarmists, ‘denier’ is the language of religion, it’s heretic, you are a blasphemer.” Read the rest

FBI Wants to Walk Through Your iPhone’s Backdoor »

Granted, weeding out a few potential terrorists from a population of 300,000,000 people is not an easy task, but their latest “big idea” is not the way to go.

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“Good morning FBI”!

The FBI wants to force American companies, notably Apple and Google, to build “back-doors” into their encrypted smartphones that would allow the government access.  This, just when Apple and Google have come up with new super-safe encryption technology, that even they wouldn’t be able to crack once it is on your phone.

Not only is this a violation of our privacy, but probably illegal.  But that isn’t the worst of it, the Feds can’t even keep their own backdoor closed:

“Hackers, making good on a threat, published contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday afternoon, just one day after posting similar data on almost 10,000 Department of Homeland Security employees.” – (from CNN: read more at: HACKER STORY)

Uh huh.  Let’s give the FBI all our personal data, where we are, where we’ve been, who and what we text, our contacts, phone numbers, etc., so hackers can hack the FBI and get access to about everything we say and do.

Sorry, FBI director James Comey, next great idea please.

 

Black Lives Matter: A Platform for Systemic Change »

The Tom Hartmann Program recently wrote this in an Op-Ed:

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Blah, blah, blah. Same old, same old. Time for major change.

The Progressive Change Institute recently asked likely 2016 voters about their views on a bunch of big issues, and it turns out that everyday citizens overwhelmingly support some of the most liberal policies around.

  • 71 percent of the US public supports giving all students access to a debt-free college education.
  • 70 percent support expanding Social Security.
  • 71 percent support a massive infrastructure spending program aimed at rebuilding out broken roads and bridges and putting people back to work.
  • 59 percent support raising taxes on the wealthy so that millionaires pay the same amount in taxes as they did during the Reagan administration.
  • 77 percent support giving every US child free pre-K education.

And the list goes on.

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The Flow Machine – Tech for the Brain »

A device nicknamed “The Flow Machine” is proven to help users cope with stress.  But it also can enhance our creative abilities and our capacity to empathize with our natural world and our fellow man.
 

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Can  We “Learn” to Control Stress More Effectively?

Study Overview

The study is called Hemispheric and Autonomic Laterality: Effects of Unilateral Repetitive Activation and was conducted at the Nova University Biofeedback Laboratories, under the guidance of noted biofeedback pioneer Dr. Joe Kamiya.   The study involved 47 volunteer subjects, split between the experimental group watching this visual device and a control group.  (The “Kinoscope” is alternatively known as the “Adagio”, “Flow Machine”, and the “Kintron”.  Figure 1 below provides a picture and a physical description of the device.)

The experimental group is referred to as the “Right Hemisphere Activation” (RHA) group.  This group, in addition to watching the Kinoscope, also listened to soothing music.  The control group, also referred to as the Left Hemisphere Activation (LHA) group, listened to spoken text while also seeing the text projected onto a screen.

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UNDREAMED – A new CD from Shrink Wrap (a review) »

Here’s something different:  DJs that are also talented performers.  The Wilson Brothers (collectively known as Shrink Wrap), have successfully created a rare blend of Electronic Music with acoustic instruments and vocals.

UnDreaCD-Cover-no-barcodemed offers 11 tracks of sonic space that manifests a rare sense of beauty (especially within electronic music), yet simultaneously contains a haunting and somewhat disturbing undercurrent of existential tension and unease.  Each track seem to tell a story that one often encounters in contemporary literature; we exist in a world full of beauty, yet behind this beauty lies an elusive, unearthly yearning that cannot be described or reconciled (German artists, poets and philosophers do have a word for it; “sehnsucht” – “an individual’s search for happiness while coping with the reality of unattainable wishes”.  It is often described as a deep emotional experience that is both positive and negative at the same time).

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