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Thursday, July 29, 2021
Major magnitude 8.2 earthquake - 104 Km SE of Perryville, Alaska, on Thursday, 29 July 2021 at 06:15 (GMT) - information - 12 hours ago
Major magnitude 8.2 earthquake at 32 km depth
29 Jul 06:22: Magnitude recalculated from 7.2 to 7.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 35.0 to 3.4 km (from 22 to 2.1 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 0.9 km (0.6 mi) towards S.
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29 Jul 07:40: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 46.7 to 32.2 km (from 29 to 20 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 17 km (10.7 mi) towards SSE.
Attached is an example how the quake showed up on a seismogram from a monitoring station at Mt. Etna volcano in Sicily, more than 9000 km (5600 mi) away.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Museum of the Moving Image's festival of new, innovative, international cinema takes place July 22 through August 1, 2021. See the full program at http://movingimage.us/firstlook2021. Join us in person as we introduce New York audiences to formally inventive works that seek to redefine the art form while engaging in a wide range of subjects and styles.
Our tenth festival, First Look 20/21 presents still unseen works from the 2020 iteration of the festival alongside over a dozen additional programs, making it the biggest and most wide-ranging edition to date. All programs take place at the Museum in Astoria, Queens, NY, and a selection of programs will be made available online nationwide, following their in-person debuts.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
“A New Story of the People” examines the role that stories play in how we think about ourselves and each other and offers a glimpse at a new emerging story that can help bring about a more sustainable world.
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Healing Ourselves and our World by Leveraging Indigenous Wisdom
The Path to Healing Ancestral Trauma
By Dana Thompson
In October of 2014, while I was working on three separate freelance projects in Minneapolis, a colleague invited me to an outdoor dinner event which was being prepared by a local chef. Even though it was 38 degrees, I agreed to go. The meal was hosted under trees next to an old stone pizza oven on a small permaculture farm in the middle of the woods. It was an all-day event where people were invited to walk hiking paths around and about the farm, explore abandoned barns, spend time in the woods and pet the animals. Guests ate dinner surrounded by the green, gold and red foliage, sitting on folding chairs as the chair legs sank into the cold ground. Everyone was wearing winter coats, but I do not remember a single person complaining about being cold.
The chef that night was the enrolled Oglala Lakota Sean Sherman, and he had launched his company, The Sioux Chef, four weeks earlier. He prepared a beautiful dinner of bison meatball soup with fresh herbs and a gorgeous, locally foraged salad which was sprinkled with flower petals. As he spoke, I was instantly struck by the gravity of this food and his message. Later on, he told me how he got there. He had spent the last fifteen years learning various food cultures as part of his culinary development — Italian, French, Japanese, Spanish... and then one day, as he was burned out from typical chef overwork, he decided to take a six-month break.
During this time, on the Nayarit coast of Mexico, he began to observe the local Indigenous tribes. Unlike in the United States, these tribes were still living on their ancestral homeland since this part of the world had not been crushed by colonialism in the same way as it had been in the US. Indigenous people still had their traditional clothing, craft works, humor, music, language, and their foods. Suddenly, it struck Sean that he had no idea what his own ancestors had eaten before white contact. He realized then that he needed to do some important research. When I heard his story, I knew immediately why this was so critically important. I knew very little about my own Dakota ancestors, much less what they had to nourish themselves and each other. My Native blood line comes through my mother, and through oral traditions, she shared with my siblings and me the little that she knew about her ancestral foods. I learned about pemmican, how to garden, why wild plants are delicious, healthy and have many uses, and other things like how and when to find wild onions (ramps).
I asked Sean if he had a team in place to execute this important vision, and if so, I would be happy to simply be his biggest cheerleader. If not, I thought I could help. My background was in the music industry, but when I had my daughter, I needed to obtain health insurance coverage, so I went into marketing and merchandising. My skills were in strategy, event production, branding, retail development, and copywriting. He brought me on immediately, and within a few months, he asked me to come in as his partner.
Over the course of this last six years, Sean and I have worked to fulfill the two missions of our organization: creating culturally appropriate food access for Indigenous peoples and developing Indigenous education. These two values have been systematically eliminated by the US government as a form of genocide, forced assimilation, and cultural removal. We began by creating a catering business to employ Native chefs interested in learning more about a decolonized kitchen, with the intent of them bringing this knowledge back to their own communities to define their own food systems. To jumpstart the journey for the people we work with, we begin by removing three key colonial ingredients: wheat flour, dairy products and refined sugar. We also eliminated beef, pork and chicken. Immediately, this way of eating lowered the glycemic index significantly, while moving food systems away from the largely factory-farmed proteins.
During countless dinners we executed in tribal communities, one thing stuck with me. No matter where we were, when we served the ancestral foods of each region, especially to elders, we saw a striking phenomenon: the outpouring of ancestral memory. Sean writes menus that are specific to each area of the country. Revitalizing Native foodways takes deep research, and we partner with local providers — farmers, foragers, hunters, fisher-man and other producers — for local foods.
Our team creates a meal for a community usually using a community room or a school with a commercial kitchen. Each time we serve, we can see elders light up with the first bite of food. They begin talking to us and their neighbors about what their own families had served them, and they can somehow remember what their own grandparents ate. This brings on an intense flow of emotion, joy, tears, laughter, grief... it’s cathartic, and I see what we believe is a step towards healing generations of trauma. My focus has shifted after witnessing this incredible phenomenon. I am committed to learning more about why and how this happens.
When I started researching this and talking to peers in our work, I began to learn more about epigenetics. This term is used to describe anything other than DNA sequencing that influences how we develop as an organism. It means that our ancestors’ experiences, both positive and negative, in the form of epigenetic tags, can be passed down to future generations. Those emotions and traumatic experiences are then held in the body awaiting an opportunity for healing. In the fall of 2019, after a year of research, I gave my first presentation about “inherited trauma” to a full room at a conference in Minnesota where we live. Once I was finished, a research scientist approached me and said, “I want you to know that medical communities are going to push back on your theories, but I have evidence to back you up.”
He explained to me that when genes are forming, they choose one of three options: they will be either a reader, a writer, or an eraser. One way that researchers have been able to access the eraser gene is through maternal nutrition. What I have learned is that we are born with genetic coding that forms us, using the experiences that are hardwired in our parents and grandparents. Everyone has some type of trauma, some more than others. Indigenous communities across the US lost their land, their languages, and the ability to govern themselves.
Boarding schools tried to extinguish their spirituality. Access to nature was diminished by being forced onto reservations, and Indigenous food systems were systematically removed. I think about the damage it would do to entirely strip one’s culture away. That is what happened to my grandfather and his family, and so many others. The damage is very deep.
Even now, many people brought up on reservations have little access to their own histories, and their own ancestral foods.
In 2017, Sean and I began developing our own nonprofit entity called NATIFS (North American Tradition Indigenous Food Systems). To accomplish our work, we realized that opening a restaurant wasn’t going to make a sufficient impact. Restaurants usually have only about 3% profit margin, so it didn’t make sense for us to put our energies there. We wanted to be able to bring everyone in from tribal regions that was interested in learning about their ancestral foods. This goal would require transportation resources, as well as onsite support such as housing, as well as building out a training facility. In January of 2018, after about two years of arguing with the IRS, we were granted 501(c)3 status for our organization.
We immediately launched a capital campaign to support North America’s first Indigenous Food Lab training restaurant which will sit under the umbrella of NATIFS. Our opening date was tentatively planned for June 2020.
At the time of this writing, our for-profit entity called The Sioux Chef employed 23 people. Our plan was for our employees to transition leadership roles within the non-profit organization, the Indigenous Food Lab. Then came COVID-19. I am now writing this in the heart of a shutdown world, with all food businesses having been shuttered in the State of Minnesota as of last week. After losing every upcoming event we had on the calendar, and consequently the company’s entire revenue source, we were forced to lay off all our employees in hopes that they would get some state support. We have no idea when food operations will be permitted to function again.
Our plan is to transition employees into the nonprofit organization as soon as the Indigenous Food Lab is ready to open. All of the chefs on staff would build culinary skills and have access to the resources necessary to develop their own recipes. They will learn how to locally source foods, permaculture design, and Native agriculture. Depending on the region or local, we might teach how to develop local foraging operations and food preservation methods such as sun drying and seed saving. Every brick and mortar operation will learn how to achieve ServSafe certification, how to write a business plan, and how to institute ‘front of the house’ protocols to be able to function as a food operation.
We want Indigenous leaders to have enough expertise to take back to their own communities and successfully open whatever type of business they desire. Depending on their vision, this could be a one-person catering operation, an agricultural business, or a full-scale restaurant.
Our goal is to eliminate any barriers to success. Like every human, any individual may come to us carrying the trauma of their relatives, both living and past. My passion has evolved into dedication for developing a program to help acknowledge individual trauma and choose to commence the healing path, giving participants the best shot at success. Any person that strives to heal their own trauma is healing their own family’s trauma. That healing reverberates within the people around them, both living and not yet living. The work is individual, but it expands into the collective community. As I began developing my approach, it struck me very clearly: We can’t use a colonial healing method to undo 300 years of colonial oppression. We need to leverage Indigenous wisdom to identify a therapeutic modality that is relevant to our First Peoples. Today, Sean and I are “social distancing” ourselves in our home as we face the virus that has already changed all of our worlds drastically. Our kids’ schools closed this week indefinitely.
Our friends and colleagues are reaching out, feeling isolated, scared and steeped in the anxiety of the unknown. But we, as humans, can’t close down nature. Our natural world is all around us, and it’s got every bit of medicine we need to thrive.
The COVID-19 crisis lays bare the dark side of late-stage capitalism. We are witnessing the real downside of our reliance on big companies to transport food back and forth across the globe. And the reality is, as humans, we do better when we relate to our neighbors. Historically, we are healthier when we know where our food comes from. We have a stronger investment in our own bodies when we have an awareness of our immediate environment. Knowing the origins of our food builds so many things — the local economy, our trust in one another, our bodies and minds, our collective health, and so much more.
Over the last few years, I have been learning more about how humans respond to threat. Threat response is as relevant now as it’s ever been. Over the last twenty thousand years, our brains have developed an awareness to threat, with an immediate, sometimes unaware, reaction. It’s innate. We trigger into the flight, fight, freeze, and most recently, the appease response. One function our bodies have to process this quickly is the vagal response system.
The vagus nerve begins in our brains and extends into the body like the root system of a tree. These networks are very similar to how trees communicate with each other for miles around using an under-ground network. When we see or feel something that is threatening to us, we immediately feel that throughout our organs and into the very fascia that runs throughout our bodies.
The vagus nerve is the longest, most complex of the cranial nerves; it extends from our brains, through our throats, winds down through our spine, and roots itself right in the gut. This nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which scientists sometimes call the ‘rest and digest’ system. When you are in a state of rest, or not triggered into a state of threat, this network of nerves releases calming hormones like oxytocin and serotonin. These are the same hormones that are released when you hug someone you care for, or when a mother nurses her baby, or you dig your hands into healthy soil, connecting with the microbiome of the earth. This is the same microbiota that is found in all multicellular organisms throughout our planet. In fact, we are all connected.
For the last two hundred years, we Americans have been told that we are on this land to conquer it, as though we are foreign objects here for a visit. But when we access Indigenous wisdom, it becomes clear that we are not “ON” this earth, we are “OF” this earth.
By some miracle, this planet created us. And our overly developed brains have gone haywire, overwriting these deep biological connections.
This new virus is revealing many truths about humanity, and one is that we are all connected. We are one human species, and our actions impact each other in a deep and meaningful way. Let’s humble ourselves to the fact that we can be loving to each other, value life, and not just human life. All the ways we can calm that vagal response are also ways that show each other respect and care: Feeding each other, singing and communicating, and by engaging with the plants, clean air, water, soils, trees and animals around us. And eventually we will be able to hug each other again. All of these are antidotes that Indigenous peoples recognized innately as medicine for all of humanity, then and now.
Shannon Kelley’s UFO exhibiting characteristics akin to the Sundance UFO. And not far from Pine Ridge which is close to the Nebraska State line. Common denominator Joan Bird, who knows Shannon, also was with Ananda at Sundance
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Don't you just hate it when you misplace a toy, only to find out three days later that it was on an Amish farm all along? #SchittsCreek #EwFuck #AmishDavid @danjlevy @annefrances @Realeugenelevy @SchittsCreek pic.twitter.com/sKsHB9SS9E— The Little Schitts (@ToddCameron22) July 21, 2021
Joke’s On You: New Red Order Parodies Society’s Deepest Settler Desires
In 1834, a group of politically powerful and patriotically inclined white men formed the Improved Order of Red Men. Modeled after their perceptions of Indigenous cultures, members of the fraternal organization, which included influential figures such as Warren G. Harding and Theodore Roosevelt, would dress in redface and perform “sacred” rituals — a demonstration of not only their affiliation within the brotherhood but also with the land they claimed as their birthright. New Red Order (NRO), whose core members include Indigenous artists Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys, plays off of the Improved Order of Red Men, by interrogating the role that the exploitation of indigeneity has played in shaping our present. Collectively, members imagine what an Indigenous future could look like. In Feel at Home Here, now on view at Artists Space, NRO creates a carnival of funhouse mirrors, stretching and distorting our perceptions of reality to open up new reflections on the ultimately paradoxical desire for indigeneity.
Self-identified as a public secret society, NRO deals mostly with that which is hidden in plain sight — namely the profiteering off of and erasure of Indigenous experiences. The mysterious organization, which enjoys a rotating membership of secret “informants,” often uses a combination of satire and cryptic messaging to facilitate a state of confusion, providing a fresh lens through which viewers can question and even reframe their conflicted relationships with indigeneity.
Feel at Home Here, welcomes viewers with “Conscientious Conscriptor” (2018 – Ongoing), a functioning recruitment booth that extends an open invitation to any and all interested in joining the organization as an “informant.” The booth is accompanied by “Never Settle: Calling In” (2019), and “Never Settle: The Program” (2018 – Ongoing), mock-documentary videos in which an upbeat white recruiter appeals to the settler guilt of the presumably non-Indigenous viewer, proposing a way for recruits to harness and re-channel their illicit desire for indigeneity toward the growth of an Indigenous future. Coated in the positive professionalism of a corporate diversity training video or LinkedIn post, NRO’s parodic recruitment pieces hone in on a deeper existential uneasiness, assuaging viewers who have inherited the role of the oppressor. Rest assured though, in NRO’s Indigenous future, “there is a place for you.”
After a year in which many have taken to the stage of social media (either by personal choice or due to external pressure) to publicly work through their relationships with race, privilege, and complicity in systems of oppression, these works, with their manifestos for decolonization projected over stock videos, take on new dimensions. With social media activity ranging from the educational to the self-flagellating, the performance of confronting a decolonial reality has proven a messy, if not somewhat embarrassing, project. However, where some may see only empty gestures, NRO identifies a site of potential, asking: How can cringe be repurposed and organized for material change?
While NRO thrives within the realm of contradiction and the abstruse, at times Feel at Home Here‘s use of entendre and innuendo risks burying the organization’s work in the detritus of over-stimulation. “Cover the Earth” (2021), for example, NRO’s commentary on retail experience and lifestyle aspiration, creates a beach zone backdropped by a collage mural that overshadows the nearby “Progenerator” (2020 – Ongoing), one of the show’s more interesting works, in which a speculative historical timeline superimposes the founding of New Red Order onto that of the Improved Order of Red Men.
The culmination of a multi-year collaboration between NRO and Artists Space, Feel at Home Here provides a thoughtful survey of the group’s history of productive antagonization both within and outside of the art world. In the past, NRO has used their power as “informants” as leverage in effecting institutional change, such as the incorporation of land acknowledgement practices. Most recently, they played a role in the removal of MOCAD’s director, Elysia Borowy-Reeder, by withholding artwork until museum employee demands were met. In “CULTURE CAPTURE: CRIMES AGAINST REALITY” (2020), NRO turns its focus to a different locus of power, the monument. Located on the bottom floor of the exhibit, the video depicts a speculative technology where accomplices, informants willing to commit “crimes against reality,” are dispatched to monuments to digitally capture their images, like the Theodore Roosevelt statue in front of the American Museum of Natural History. These images are used to compile 3D models of the monuments that the organization can then manipulate virtually, redistributing the power of both implosion and metastatic regeneration into the hands of the people.
With an organization whose practice of constructing speculative realities has been a bellwether for societal change, a natural next question is: So where are we headed? “Give it Back”(2020), a street-facing window installation that emulates a real-estate office, proposes the repatriation of land to Indigenous people. Curious passersby on White Street are able to peruse listings detailing instances of land being released to Indigenous groups or individuals. While this might seem like an unrealistic and substantial undertaking, recent events present a harsh reality that make repatriation seem like the bare minimum. In the past months, excavations of residential schools in Canada have unearthed the remains of hundreds of Indigenous children in unmarked graves. A weapon of cultural genocide, these schools, run by the Catholic church, housed Indigenous children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities for re-education. Notably, 10 Catholic churches on Indigenous land have been set on fire in the past weeks.
As NRO’s speculative futures merge with present realities, they offer a reminder that burning, too, can be an act of genesis.
New Red Order: Feel at Home Here continues through August 22 at Artist’s Space (11 Cortlandt Alley, Tribeca, Manhattan). The exhibition is curated by Jay Sanders with Stella Cilman
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021
well well well I PUBLISHED WHAT JUST HAPPENED and BOOM! I KEEP FINDING MORE TRUTH - JUST LIKE IN THE BOOK!
|falling failing revenues since Trump lost|
|maybe if we WISH it|
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Friday, July 16, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
** This entire country is haunted
Alicia Elliott: As we’re seeing more and more every day, this entire country is a real-life Indian burial ground—one that criminals parading as teachers, religious leaders and politicians took great care to cover up
By Alicia Elliott July 12, 2021
|The Mohawk Institute Residential School, referred to by former students as ‘the Mush Hole’ (Photograph by Alex Jacobs-Blum) |
Alicia Elliott is a Mohawk writer and author of the award-winning book A Mind Spread Out on the Ground.
A mere 15-minute drive from where I now type this in Brantford, Ont., is the Mohawk Institute, one of the oldest residential schools in Canada. It’s a building whose purpose—which, in Sir John A. Macdonald’s words, was to withdraw Indigenous children “as much as possible from parental influence” so they could “acquire the habits and modes of thought of white men”—had been established for 36 more years than Canada as an independent nation had even existed. Remember this.
In 2016, I went to an art and performance installation on the grounds of the Mohawk Institute, otherwise known to the hundreds of Indigenous students who were trapped within its walls over its 139 years as “the Mush Hole.” They called it such because, despite the students working on nearby farms without pay as soon as school was done, thus furnishing the staff dining table with fresh, delicious produce, the children themselves had nothing more to eat than mush. Sometimes the mush had worms crawling in it. It didn’t matter. That was what they were fed. Remember this, too.
The art exhibit was called The Mush Hole Project. Survivors of the school acted as tour guides, leading us through the still-standing building—the places where the children bunked, the places where they were “taught.”
Our tour guide was a woman from my reserve, Six Nations of the Grand River. Her daughter and granddaughter were on the tour with us. This was the first time either of them had heard their mother/grandmother speak of her experiences. She spoke in few words about the physical and emotional pain of having her language beaten out of her. Her daughter later spoke of how she and her own daughter were learning Kanien’kéha. The woman who had attended the school said nothing. It was as if, along with English, she had been taught the Christian tradition of silence.
These days, I’m recognizing it’s also a Canadian tradition. As soon as the tour took us into the boiler room, I felt physically sick. My stomach dropped and my head started to hurt and I focused on the words coming from our tour guide’s mouth: that this was where many Indigenous children were taken by staff to be abused, because the sound of the boiler would better mask their screams.
Don’t even bother trying to forget this.
Before that moment, I had always wondered whether ghosts were real. I’d watched horror movies about angry poltergeists slamming furniture around old houses and Ouija boards whose planchettes seemed to move by themselves, spelling out otherworldly knowledge. But there, in that room, as my chest got heavy with breath that felt barricaded in my lungs, I was certain: this place was haunted. The pain those Anglican priests and teachers caused those children—many from my rez—lingered thick in the air.
Like the criminals they were, the priests and teachers found the room most likely to help them hide their crimes.
Remember this most of all.
A building built on an Indian burial ground is a trope in horror movies. The protagonists in these films are always white families who are pure and innocent as the snow. They step into these houses or hotels unaware of the Indigenous blood that was spilled before they came. If they find out about the history of the land they’re settling, the haunting that colonialism has created, like in Pet Sematary, that doesn’t stop them from settling in and expecting uninterrupted colonial happiness. After all, this land was cleared for them to settle. And yet, once the haunting starts, we’re not supposed to empathize with the nameless Indigenous people whose bodies were buried beneath these homes. We’re not supposed to even think of them. We’re supposed to empathize with the white families being terrorized—the very people who decided it was okay to build their lives atop Indigenous death.
The very people who thought that because they themselves didn’t commit the crimes that allowed them to have their homes on Native land, they were still somehow innocent.
As we’re seeing more and more every day, this entire country is a real-life Indian burial ground—one that criminals parading as teachers, religious leaders and politicians took great care to cover up.
However, unlike the nameless, often nationless Indigenous people whose deaths are used to clumsily explain hauntings in the movies, the children whose tiny bodies have been unearthed on the grounds of residential schools across the country in recent weeks had names and nations and communities. They had families who ached for their return, who asked after them and were deliberately told nothing.
Just like those white families in horror movies, though, non-Indigenous people of Canada seem to believe they are innocent. If they don’t acknowledge the violence that’s been done historically on their behalf to Indigenous children via residential schools, if they don’t acknowledge the violence being done today to Indigenous children via the foster care system, then they can continue their lives, unencumbered by inconvenient guilt. They lean into the silence that’s expected of them, hoping that the nationalistic myth of Canada—polite, multicultural, consistently more tolerant and humanitarian than the United States—will overcome the gruesome facts of how this country was actually forged.
But the reality is this entire country is haunted by the violence enacted to create what we now call “Canada.” These acts were done on behalf of every non-Indigenous family who proudly calls themselves Canadians, because this is what its leaders deemed necessary to carve out this colonial, capitalist nation from the already occupied land it once was.
We can no longer ignore the human cost of creating this haunted nation.
In fact, we must remember.
The question is: what, if anything, will this country, its leaders and its citizens do to actually show that they’ve changed?
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
By Robert J. Burrowes
Measured by the Christian calendar, the period of about 500 years from the fall of the Roman Empire until the end of the first millennium was a time characterized by economic, intellectual and cultural decline in the European Christian world. In retrospect, it is now referred to as ‘the Dark Age’, even as other cultures, including that of Islam but those in other parts of the world too, thrived during this period.
Since March 2020, a number of fine analysts have carefully documented the true nature of what is happening to our world under cover of what the World Health Organization has labeled the ‘Covid-19 pandemic’.
And among these fine analysts, who have investigated ‘The Great Reset’ promoted by the World Economic Forum as well as other initiatives such as those related to transhumanism, eugenics and Cyber Polygon, there is a strong consensus that does not coincide with propaganda released by elite agents in international organizations, national governments and the corporate media.
In essence, these critiques document extensive evidence of an elite coup that seeks to comprehensively restructure human society into a technocratic dystopia in which such previously fundamental concepts as human identity, human liberty, human rights (such as freedom of speech, assembly and movement), human privacy and human volition are not just notions of the past but are beyond the comprehension of the typical ‘transhuman’.
To reiterate, for the bulk of the human population left alive, concepts such as ‘free will’ and ‘freedom’ will no longer exist as ideas, let alone as aspirations or realities. You can access a number of these insightful critiques here: Resources.
So whether we label this world envisaged by the elite as a ‘brave new world’, ‘1984’, the second ‘Dark Age’, a ‘technocratic dystopia’ or, more simply, ‘slavery’ matters little because, whatever the label, what lies immediately ahead is a human future not worth living.
And so resistance is imperative. But unless this resistance is strategic it will not achieve the outcome we seek.
Monday, July 12, 2021
1983: The world broke reality
1 Every Breath You Take - The Police
2 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
3 Flashdance... What a Feeling - Irene Cara
4 Down Under - Men at Work
5 Beat It - Michael Jackson
6 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
7 Maneater - Daryl Hall & John Oates
8 Baby, Come to Me - Patti Austin and James Ingram 9 Maniac - Michael Sembello
10 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
11 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Culture Club
12 You and I - Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
13 Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
14 Shame on the Moon - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
15 She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer
16 Never Gonna Let You Go - Sérgio Mendes
17 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
18 Let's Dance - David Bowie
19 Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
20 I Know There's Something Going On - Frida
21 Jeopardy - The Greg Kihn Band
22 Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
23 She Blinded Me with Science - Thomas Dolby
24 Africa - Toto
25 Back on the Chain Gang - The Pretenders
26 Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
27 Mr. Roboto - Styx
28 You Are - Lionel Richie
29 Der Kommissar - After the Fire
30 Puttin' on the Ritz - Taco
this is true but truly depressing (What Just Happened? has more like this... MIC)
Inanna: Lady of the Largest Heart by Betty de Shong Meador. In its pages I found the most extraordinary poems written by a High Priestess of Inanna some 6000 years ago in Sumeria, called Enhedhuanna. These poems healed my soul because they expressed things like rage, sexuality and other powerful emotions I had been conditioned to repress and were destroying me through mental illness and addictions.
“In the great Jewish book of mysticism, the Zohar, there is a powerful analogy to the journey through this 7th Gene Key. It is encapsulated in the Kabbalist concept known as Tikkun Olam — a phrase usually translated as repairing the world. The Kabbalists say that when the Creator made the world, he created a series of vessels to hold the Divine Light, but as the Light flowed down into these vessels, they shattered and fell towards the realm of matter. Thus, the world in which we live is made up of countless shards of the original vessels in which the Divine Light is trapped. The Kabbalists go on to say that every virtuous act committed by a human being helps to repair one of these broken shards.” Richard Rudd, The Gene Keys
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Gauge theories are fundamental to our understanding of interactions between the elementary constituents of matter as mediated by gauge bosons1,2. However, computing the real-time dynamics in gauge theories is a notorious challenge for classical computational methods. This has recently stimulated theoretical effort, using Feynman’s idea of a quantum simulator3,4, to devise schemes for simulating such theories on engineered quantum-mechanical devices, with the difficulty that gauge invariance and the associated local conservation laws (Gauss laws) need to be implemented5,6,7. Here we report the experimental demonstration of a digital quantum simulation of a lattice gauge theory, by realizing (1 + 1)-dimensional quantum electrodynamics (the Schwinger model8,9) on a few-qubit trapped-ion quantum computer. We are interested in the real-time evolution of the Schwinger mechanism10,11, describing the instability of the bare vacuum due to quantum fluctuations, which manifests itself in the spontaneous creation of electron–positron pairs. To make efficient use of our quantum resources, we map the original problem to a spin model by eliminating the gauge fields12 in favour of exotic long-range interactions, which can be directly and efficiently implemented on an ion trap architecture13. We explore the Schwinger mechanism of particle–antiparticle generation by monitoring the mass production and the vacuum persistence amplitude. Moreover, we track the real-time evolution of entanglement in the system, which illustrates how particle creation and entanglement generation are directly related. Our work represents a first step towards quantum simulation of high-energy theories using atomic physics experiments—the long-term intention is to extend this approach to real-time quantum simulations of non-Abelian lattice gauge theories.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Academics believe they have identified a remarkable geological secret: A sunken continent hidden under Iceland and the surrounding ocean,which they have dubbed "Icelandia."
An international team of geologists, led by Gillian Foulger, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University (UK), believe the sunken continent could stretch from Greenland all the way to Europe.
It is believed to cover an area of ~600,000 km2 but when adjoining areas west of Britain are included in a "Greater Icelandia," the entire area could be ~1,000,000 km2 in size.
If proven, it means that the giant supercontinent of Pangaea, which is thought to have broken up over 50 million years ago, has in fact not fully broken up.
The presence of continental—rather than oceanic—crust could also spark discussions about a new source of minerals and hydrocarbons, both of which are contained in continental crust.
The revolutionary new theory was born from an innovative series of expert meetings held in Durham and is included in a dedicated chapter of In the Footsteps of Warren B. Hamilton: New Ideas in Earth Science (published 29 June 2021 by the Geological Society of America), which Professor Foulger has co-written with Dr. Laurent Gernigon of the Geological Survey of Norway and Professor Laurent Geoffroy of the Ocean Geosciences Laboratory, University of Brest (France).
Speaking about the new theory, Professor Foulger said, "Until now Iceland has puzzled geologists, as existing theories that it is built of and surrounded by oceanic crust are not supported by multiplegeological data. For example, the crust under Iceland is over 40 km thick—seven times thicker than normal oceanic crust. This simply could not be explained.
"However, when we considered the possibility that this thick crust is continental, our data suddenly all made sense. This led us immediately to realize that the continental region was much bigger than Iceland itself—there is a hidden continent right there under the sea.
"There is fantastic work to be done to prove the existence of Icelandia but it also opens up a completely new view of our geological understanding of the world. Something similar could be happening at many more places.
"We could eventually see maps of our oceans and seas being redrawn as our understanding of what lies beneath changes."
The research team is now working with collaborators from across the globe on work to test their theory, which will begin once COVID-19 restrictions allow.
This work could involve electrical conductivity surveys, and the collection of zircon crystals in Iceland and elsewhere. Other tests such as seismic profiling and drilling would need millions of pounds to fund, but such is the importance of this work that funding may well be forthcoming.
Professor Foulger is a world-leading geologist whose research has contributed to mapping the geological composition of the seabed in relation to continental land masses.
This work has important legal and political ramifications, as under certain conditions, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea grants coastal states exclusive rights to the non-living resources of their adjacent seabed if scientists can prove that the seabed is a submerged extension of the continental landmass.
Professor Philip Steinberg, Director of IBRU, Durham University's Centrefor Borders Research, noted, "Countries around the world are spending enormous resources conducting subsea geologic research in order to identify their continental shelves and claim exclusive mineral rights there.
"Research like Professor Foulger's, which forces us to rethink the relationship between seabed and continental geology, can have far-reaching impact for countries trying to determine what area of the seabed are their exclusive preserve and what areas are to be governed by the International Seabed Authority as the 'common heritage of humankind." The above story is based on materials provided by Geological Society of America.
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