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Whatever your opinion may be on the gun control debate one thing is clear someone, somewhere, will create a fully functional 3d printed gun and when they do the world will change. Small arms manufacturing could become a kind of cottage industry with people from all over the world creating not only copies of existing firearms but entirely new gun mashups, mixing ideas, capabilities and features from different designers to create an entirely new class of DIY weapons. Current designs are made out of thermoplastic powder but when the cost of more advanced 3d fabrication methods comes down the dream of the homemade printed firearm could become reality much sooner than you may think. 3D Systems Corp has created a 3d printer which uses a high powered laser to fuse aluminum and titanium powders together directly from CAD data to create fully functional metal parts. Electron beam freeform fabrication can also print durable metal parts capable of withstanding the heat and pressure demands of modern firearms which could go a long way toward creating the printed firearms industry. To some this may sound far fetched today but then again in the 21st century so do alot of things. In this Motherboard documentary Vice takes a look at Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed in their effort to create the world’s first 3d printed gun.
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In the 21st century it is nearly impossible to escape the watchful eyes of technology, the net and the world, a private dinner cannot be assumed to be truly private nor can a casual “off the cuff remark”. There are no more private places or private spaces. Those in political office and those that seek political power can no longer shape their messages to appeal to a particular audience in a world where nearly everything politicians say and do is on the record. Moments like this represent an important moment in history demonstrating both the power and influence of technology and the value of truth, honesty and transparency.
In science replication of experimental findings and verification of reported claims rules the day. Unless a researchers findings can be reproduced and independently verified it is deemed illegitimate and the research is not only completely abandoned but forever condemned by the scientific world. The mere mention of the men and women that find themselves on the wrong side of the scientific world can cause some to question the judgment and legitimacy of those that even utter their names. In a time when the worlds energy needs are approaching critical levels can we truly afford to so quickly write off such research?
A Look at Experiments and Documents
CBS 60 Minutes: “Cold Fusion Is Hot Again”
Dr. Robert Duncan at the Missouri Energy Summit 2009 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
LENR-CANR.org: Papers on LENR, Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, also known as “Cold Fusion”
Researchers and Labs Perusing Low Energy Nuclear Reactions:
Michael McKubre, Pamela Mosier-Boss,Rusi P. Taleyarkhan, Energetics Technologies
Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR)
2011 may well be remembered as the year that the battle for internet freedom truly began. Several proposed laws have emerged that would severely limit internet freedom. From the Protect IP Act to the myriad of other more intrusive Anti-Internet Technology proposals have all been leading in the direction of a world wide internet crackdown. In this TED talk “Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a “Magna Carta” moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection. ” Source TED
In this very interesting clip from 2008, Christiane Amanpour suggested that OBL was hiding out in a “comfortable villa in Pakistan” which begs the question; just what did Christiane Amanpour know about Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts and when did she know it? More importantly who was this “very knowledgeable” someone she refers to that (aparently) provided her with what we now know was in fact accurate information? Strange politics indeed.
“I just talked to somebody very knowledgeable … that thinks that he’s in a villa, a nice comfortable villa in Pakistan” Christiane Amanpour October 3, 2008
President Obama will address the nation on a national security issue at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, the White House said. Preliminary reports suggest that the announcement will be major. UPDATE… Osama bin Laden Is Dead
For many years Google has been the crowning jewel of the tech world admired by many for both their talent and technology. Andrew Norman Wilson a contractor for Google’s book scanning project, soon discovered that the reality of working for Google (at least for some contract workers) leaves much to be desired. The people that scan books for the Google Book Search service knows as ScanOps work in the shadows as “yellow-badged workers”. “The workers wearing yellow badges are not allowed any of the privileges that I was allowed – ride the Google bikes, take the Google luxury limo shuttles home, eat free gourmet Google meals, attend Authors@Google talks and receive free, signed copies of the author’s books, or set foot anywhere else on campus except for the building they work in.”
“CBS News: Obama to GOP: “You think we’re stupid?” – An open mic at a closed-door fundraiser in Chicago recorded President Obama blasting the GOP’s efforts toward a budget deal that nearly shut down the government.” Source: CBS News
by associate contributor “GB”
The 2010 documentary “Inside Job” directed by Charles Ferguson very clearly illustrates a curious dichotomy in our public and government mindset regarding conflict of interest in the financial industry sector and the economics profession. The movie chronicles the longstanding tradition of top ranking executives from major Wall St Investment banks and brokerage houses assuming positions of power and policy in the public sector, e.g. Treasury Secretary, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, or Chief Economic Advisor to the President of the US, and then returning to their roles in the private sector. Indeed, nominations to cabinet posts of such individuals are commonly perceived as appropriate due on the impeccable qualifications of the individual. However, consider what the public reaction would be if the CEO of a major pharmaceutical firm, e.g. Pfizer, Merck, JNJ, etc. were to be appointed as head of the FDA, and then return to the Pharma sector! If such an event is inconceivable for the obvious conflict of interest involved, why is the analogous event in the financial industry not perceived in the same light? The consequences of the clear conflict of interest in the Financial Sector are witnessed by the economic meltdown of 2008, yet there are no efforts or movements in place to curb, or other similar policies regarding the movement of such individuals between public and private sector positions of influence in the financial industry. If Government regulation of certain industries, e.g. Pharmaceuticals, can be perceived as in the best interests of the public, why doesn’t the same apply to the financial, or energy industries, which routinely profit at the expense of the individual taxpayer?