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  Mind-controlled movie: a quantum leap for cinema?
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-20-2015, 09:32 AM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Wed Aug 19, 2015 | 7:38 AM EDT
By Matthew Stock
Watching a movie has traditionally been a
largely passive experience. But what if the
person watching could influence what happens
on-screen via their brainwaves?

An experimental short-film called 'Scanners' aims to create a platform that bridges the gap between digital arts and neuroscience.

Using a wireless brain scanner that reads both
muscular and brainwave data, the system
allows the user to manipulate the film's
structure.

Creator Richard Ramchurn said the audience can subconsciously project their feelings onto the film and have these feelings visualized by the shape the film takes.

"Scanners is a film platform that uses live data
from people's brains to cut and mix a film where you have an effect loop - a two-way effect loop - whereby, watching the film you change it and it changes you," Ramchurn told Reuters.

Based in Manchester, Ramchurn was inspired
to developed the experimental system after
reading 'In the Blink of an Eye', by acclaimed
film editor Walter Murch. In the book, Murch
theorises that the rates and rhythms of blinking relate to the rhythm and sequence of thoughts and emotions.

Using a commercially available electroencephalography (EEG) headset from
company NeuroSky, Ramchurn's first prototype
set out to prove the platform's potential.

The next step was to create video specifically for the project, including shooting the 15-minute film with enough footage for all the varying narrative strands that each viewer could bring to it.

"The initial prototype used off-the-shelf footage
and basically just proved to us that there was
something there with brain signals feeding back a film experience. Our next stage was to try and really make a film specifically for the platform. And that involved making something that was much bigger than the duration called for. I mean; we made a 15 minute film but it was more like making a feature," said Ramchurn.
"The opportunities that allowed us was rather
than making a linear film, we made a film that
was much more quantum. We had multiple
stories or happenings at the same time. And we were able to show what's happening inside somebody's mind, what's happening in, almost, their imagination at the same time as the reality," he added.

The EEG headset reads the different brainwaves; Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and
Theta. Ramchurn said he is specifically using
the Alpha brain waves, which are important for
creativity.

The headset has two sensors; one that sits on
the forehead and one that clips to the ear lobe. The forehead sensor picks up both muscular and brainwave data, while the sensor on the ear lobe just picks up muscular data.
With this information, the processor inside the headset can separate the muscular data to isolate and identify the various brainwaves.

Ramchurn said that the rhythms of the editing
and the way the film jumps from scene to scene depended on the mindset of the person watching it; and this is largely out of the person's control.


The filmmaker recently took the technology to
Liverpool for a field test; inviting curious
passers-by to give 'Scanners' a try inside a
caravan converted into a mobile cinema.

"Watching other people make connections with their brain is really fascinating. And each time I watch someone else create the film, they make new jumps that I've not seen before," he said.

While the platform was developed to explore a
possible new dimension of visual art, Ramchurn says the system is the perfect device for exploring dreams because it brings a person's subconscious to the forefront, visualizing it in front of their eyes.

He added that scientists are close to developing a device that is capable of
making detailed recordings of a dream. "I'm really excited that science is acknowledging that dreams actually exist and they can be measured. And being able to tap into that data is, for me, gives some real opportunities to tell stories or even create platforms that can communicate with people in a different way," he said.

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  3D printed drone launched from warship
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-20-2015, 09:22 AM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Wed Aug 19, 2015 | 8:10 AM EDT
By Matthew Stock

A team of engineers from the University of
Southampton launched a 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the bow of a Royal Navy warship in a bid to demonstrate the potential use of lightweight drones at sea.

After being launched from HMS Mersey off the
Dorset coast in the south of England, the UAV
was flown autonomously on a pre-programmed
route for a few before landing on Chesil Beach.

Known as the Southampton University Laser
Sintered Aircraft (SULSA), the drone weighed
3kg with a wing-span of nearly 1.5 meters.

The airframe was created on a 3D printer using laser sintered nylon, which uses a laser to fuse nylon powder into solid structures.

It's printed in four major parts and can be assembled without the use of any tools.

After being catapulted from the bow of the
warship, it flew roughly 500 meters around the
tidal lagoon of Wyke Regis Training Facility in
Weymouth before coming into land.

The research was led by scientists and
engineers from the University of Southampton
under the name Project Triangle.

In 2011, they initially tested the world's first entirely "printed" aircraft. Professor Andy Keane, from Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, said the use of UAVs will continue to increase as production costs shrink and materials become more reliable. Their rugged airframes and use of 3D printed nylon, he said, advanced design thinking in the UAV community.
Officials from the Royal Navy said that they
were interested in conceptual applications of
unmanned and highly automated systems. They said that this trail helps explore how simple, automated systems have the potential to replace complex machines.

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  Tanzanian gang rape film helps village women halt sexual abuse
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-20-2015, 09:06 AM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Thu Aug 20, 2015 | 12:48 AM EDT
By Kizito Makoye

PANGANI, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters
Foundation)
-
Aisha, an ambitious young businesswoman living in the city, returns to her home village for her younger sister's wedding and re-connects with her past, meeting family and friends.
Perhaps because she stands out, dressing
differently, working far from home, during her
visit she is gang-raped by a rowdy mob.

The villagers, apparently accepting what has
happened, turn a blind eye and condone the
violent attack. Aisha decides to fight for justice. In the end she wins.

This is the story in the feature film "Aisha",
recently unveiled by local non-profit
organization Uzikwasa, the third film in its five-
year-old campaign to promote gender justice in the Pangani district of northeast Tanzania's
Tanga region.

The film paints a grim picture of the plight of
girls and women in Pangani, who experience
sexual abuse but remain silent to avoid the
stigma and shame it brings on their families.

"If you are raped and decide to speak out,
everybody in the village would taunt you, that's
why most rape victims keep it secret as they
don't want to be a laughing stock," said Rukia
Mahmoud, a Pangani resident who has seen
the film.

All three films made by Uzikwasa use village
actors and are based on true stories, Uzikwasa executive director Vera Pieroth said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters
Foundation.

"This way we make sure our audience identifies with the story and watching the movie for them is like looking into a mirror," she said.

Pangani town, nestling at the mouth of the
Pangani river, has one of the highest levels of
sexual violence in the country, the result of
slack law enforcement, male chauvinism and
moral decay, women's rights groups say.

Nationwide, about 10 percent of women
between the ages of 15 and 49 say their first
experience of sexual intercourse was forced,
and 48 percent of married women say they
have undergone sexual violence, according to
the 2010 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey.

"Whenever someone is raped, no serious action is taken, the alleged rapists are often
arrested and get released without any
charges," Mahmoud said.

The situation has improved since Uzikwasa
launched its 'behavior change' campaign to
raise awareness of women's rights through a
series of films depicting common forms of
sexual violence and how to avoid them, local
residents said.

Its first film, Fimbo ya Baba, "Fathers’ Stick", was about early and forced marriage, the second, Chukua Pipi, "Sweet Deceipt" about the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl by an older man.

"I find this film "Aisha" very educative, engaging and thought provoking. It gives me the courage to speak out whenever my rights are violated," said Pangani resident Rukia Mdoe, 23.

Uzikwasa is using interactive film shows, radio
dramas, posters and comic books in its Banja
Basi, Speak Out, campaign against irresponsible sexual behavior. "Aisha", which is being shown in villages in Pangani district and later across the country, is about the way stigma, shame and victim blame prevent women from speaking out against sexual violence, Pieroth said.

"This film was produced to break the silence
around an atrocity that happens every day in
our communities - and around the world," she
said. "We found that there is hardly any follow-up on cases because victims do not speak out due to shame and stigma.

A common community attitude is that women are the ones to be blamed for being raped for various reasons e.g. wearing the wrong clothes or being seen as "loose". "...the culprits feel safe knowing that authorities rarely take action. So cases are rarely taken to court and hardly ever end up in a sentence."
Amil Shivji, the award-winning producer of the
film, said it combines powerful content and
cinematic technique to engage the audience. "We hope viewers will leave the film feeling a
sense of responsibility to be part of Aisha's
struggle," he told the Thomson Reuters
Foundation in an email.

Two thirds of the district population, some
35,000 people, have seen the film, Pieroth said, and as a result "there is an increasing
awareness of the need to report injustice and
to push accountability and leaders’ response to corruption." "School committees have started to take action on cases of sexual abuse of pupils," and almost every village in the district has taken steps to foster responsible sexual behavior, she added.



(Editing by Tim Pearce. Please credit the
Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable
arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers
humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking,
corruption and climate change. Visit www.trust.org)

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  Colombia confronts femicide, the 'most extreme form of violence against women'
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-20-2015, 08:47 AM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Thu Aug 20, 2015 | 1:16 AM EDT
By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -
Colombia's new law on femicide is a key step to combat violence against women, but forensic experts and prosecutors will need to change the way they investigate gender-related killings to win convictions, officials said.

In this Latin American country of 47 million
people where on average one woman is killed
every two days, the issue of femicide - defined
as the killing of a woman by a man because of
her gender - is under the spotlight.

The law, which came into effect July 6, makes
femicide a distinct and legally defined crime,
with jail sentences of 20 to 41 years.

The challenge now is enforcement of the law
and ensuring that police, prosecutors and
forensic experts are trained to identify and
investigate cases of femicide.

The prosecutor's office needs to "change the way femicides are investigated from the scene of the crime to the court room", Miguel Emilio La Rota, head of public policy and planning at Colombia's attorney general's office, told officials and women's rights campaigners at a conference in Bogota on Wednesday.
Experts say new protocols and techniques for
autopsies on murdered women and guidelines
on clues to possible femicide - such as torture,
rape, genital mutilation - need to be implemented.

Colombia follows 15 other countries in Latin
America that have passed laws in recent years
that define and punish femicide as a specific
crime.

"The law sends a very direct and emphatic
message to perpetrators of femicide," said
Martha Ordonez, Colombia's presidential
advisor on women's rights.

Colombia's macho culture, and a lack of
awareness among women about their rights
and laws passed to protect them, are reasons
for the widespread violence against women,
she said. "Femicide represents the most extreme form of violence and discrimination against women. It's quite a concern in Colombia. Some women don't know their rights, that they have the right to be treated with respect and not be abused," Ordonez said.

Victims of femicide often have a long history of
domestic violence, and perpetrators are often
current or former partners. "Femicide doesn't just happen from one day to the next. There's a history of threats, of psychological and physical abuse that gets worse, which often starts from the first boyfriend a girl has," Ordonez said.

IMPUNITY IS THE NORM

Latin America has the highest femicide rates in
the world, says the United Nations women's
rights agency. More than half of the 25 countries with the highest femicide rates are in the Americas, according to a 2012 report by the Small Arms Survey, an independent research project in Geneva.

The report says worldwide 66,000 women were victims of femicide between 2004 and 2009, a problem fueled by few criminal convictions.

"In many countries, impunity for femicides is
more the norm than the exception," said Belen
Sanz, head of U.N. Women in Colombia.

Costa Rica, which in 2007 became the first
country in Latin America to pass a law on
femicide, has made progress in raising
awareness about gender crimes.

"Before the law, nobody was talking about
femicides in Costa Rica. It made violence
against women more visible," said prosecutor
Eugenia Salazar, head of the sex crimes and
domestic violence unit at Costa Rica's attorney
general's office. "We've found the biggest challenge in implementing the femicide law is cultural. There's still resistance towards investigating crimes of violence against women."


(Reporting By Anastasia Moloney, Editing by
Alisa Tang. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit www.trust.org)

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  I'm back
Posted by: OrangeClay - 08-18-2015, 02:56 PM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (12)

I'm back after a short/long sabbatical, for those who know me I missed you all very much, for those who don't, I hope to get to know each and everyone of you. Heart

Stay safe, so nice to be here again. Heart

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  U.N. says expects states to respect privacy after AT
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-18-2015, 01:10 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

Mon Aug 17, 2015 | 2:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -
The United Nations said it expects member states to respect its right to privacy and is assessing how to respond to a report that
telecommunications company AT

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Exclamation Iran plans to sign contract for Russian S-300 missiles next week
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-18-2015, 12:55 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

Tue Aug 18, 2015 | 6:54 AM EDT

DUBAI (Reuters) -
Iran will sign a contract with Russia next week to buy four S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, the Iranian defense minister
said on Tuesday, bringing Tehran closer to
acquiring an advanced air defense capability.

Russian state arms producer Almaz-Antey in
June said it would supply Iran with a
modernized version of the S-300, among the
world's most capable air defense systems, once a commercial agreement was reached.

"The text of the contract is ready and our
friends will go to Russia next week to sign the
contract," Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan
was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.

Russia says it canceled a contract to deliver
S-300s to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the
West. But President Vladimir Putin lifted that
self-imposed ban in April following an interim
nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Tuesday's announcement came a day after
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
visited Moscow to discuss the civil war in Syria,
in which Tehran and Moscow support President Bashar al-Assad.

Western powers and most Arab countries have called for Assad to resign as part of a peace deal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the most vocal critics of last month's final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, has expressed Israel's "dismay" at Russia's decision to supply the S-300s to Tehran.

Dehghan said Iran had initially planned to
acquire three "battalions" of S-300 launchers,
but had since increased its order to four. He did not specify how many missile launchers
would be in each battalion, a standard military
grouping whose size can vary depending on
nationality, equipment and role.

Pieter Wezeman, an arms expert at the
Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute, said each battalion was likely to be an
independent unit comprising a radar system,
control system, and an unknown number of
launchers.

"With four battalions, they should be able to
deploy missile systems in four different
locations," he said.

The S-300, first deployed at the height of the
Cold War in 1979, can engage multiple aircraft
and ballistic missiles up to 300 km (186 miles)
away.

Dehghan also said Iran was negotiating with
Russia to buy fighter jets, in a likely attempt to
upgrade its aging fleet of mostly U.S.-made jets
for which it cannot obtain spare parts or
upgrades due to long-standing hostility between the two countries. He did not provide further details.


(Reporting by Sam Wilkin; Editing by Raissa
Kasolowsky)


***Opinion***
I still don't trust those idiots in Tehran ... Seems tro me they are forever trying to start crap or preparing to start some ... That's why Israel is so worked up ... They sure as hell don't trust them!!

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  The 20 Most Restricted Areas On Earth
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-18-2015, 11:18 AM - Forum: The Lounge - Replies (2)

20. Cheyenne Mountain Complex, United States The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is a military installation and nuclear bunker in Colorado, located at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.

It houses or has at one time housed the
United States Space Command, the Aerospace Defense Command, the Air Force Command and the Federal Emergency Management System.

The complex is a fascinating web of buildings built 610 meters under granite that is protected from natural disasters. It boasts flexible piping systems and has its own power plant and water supply.

Oh, and it can withstand a 30 megaton nuclear explosion, bombs and radiological contaminants.

Good luck finding a way in.

19. HavenCo, Sealand

At the time of its creation in 2000, HavenCo
was hailed as a revolutionary offshore
electronic data haven.

Housed on an anti-aircraft platform off the coast of Suffolk, England in a self-declared state named Sealand, the company offered proxies, VPNS, servers and encryption keys to organizations seeking to evade authorities as long as their content remained child pornography, spam and hacking free.

Due to its remote location in choppy waters in a former World War II defensive facility, it was almost impossible to gain access to without permission. Its founders ran into irreconcilable differences in 2008 and it is now defunct.

18. Air Force One, United States

While Harrison Ford made gaining entry to the President’s personal Boeing 747 plane look
easy in the film Air Force One, getting onboard
the real thing is almost impossible to everyone
except a lucky few.

The flight crew are all veteran Air Force officers with thousands of hours of flying time under their belts and the Secret Service agents on board have had to go through even further background checks than their normal screening usually requires.

The features of the plane itself are classified and members of the press have to gain the
President’s security detail’s trust for one year before being allowed on board.

17. Club 33, United States

Club 33 was originally a small restaurant that
was one of the first buildings to be constructed
in Disneyland, smack dab in the middle of New
Orleans Square.

While its blue door façade looks like every other entrance in the theme park, this one soon became home to a secret club commissioned by Walt Disney himself who
used it for years to entertain foreign dignitaries, celebrities and high class hookers.
There is a secret panel in the doorway that covers a buzzer, which those in the know have to access to gain entry into the club.

It has been rumoured to host sex parties and Illuminati meetings and was recently open to the public with an offer of membership to the first 100 people who applied.

Initial membership fees cost $25,000.


16. RAF Menwith Hill Base, Great Britain

The RAF Menwith Hill Base is a British Royal
Air Force station in England that provides a
dizzying array of services including
communications and intelligence support.

It’s been described as the most prominent
electronic monitoring station in the world and you can bet that it’s not easy to get into.

Its servers are housed in bizarre-looking gigantic golf ball structures across the base and it has been known to conspire with the NSA.

It’s bordered by fences, secured by a sophisticated alarm system and guarded at all hours of the day due to the goldmine of classified information that lies within.

15. Vatican Secret Archives, Italy

Owned by the Pope, the Vatican Secret Archives are not necessarily secret despite
their name.

The public can request to view a document as long as it is more than 75 years old.

The restricted part about the archives is that nobody can physically enter them without the Pope’s permission.

It is said that evidence of extraterrestrial life exists in the facilities and nobody is quite sure of all that can be found amidst the 84 km of shelving.

It’s often only been carefully screened researchers and journalists who have been granted access to this underground reserve.

14. Mezhgorye, Bashkortostan

No matter how hard you try to get into the town of Mezhgorye, you won’t be able to.

Located in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia – the town has a closed status. In administrative terms, this means that it’s subordinated directly to the federal government of Russia, which has restricted access to anyone except the town’s
residents due to the secretive companies it has there creating underground facilities.

It comes complete with a creepy looking entrance sign and is home to 17,000 inhabitants.

13. Woomera Prohibited Area, Australia

The Woomera Prohibited Area is located
outside of Adelaide, Australia and covers about
127,000 square kilometers.

It is a weapons testing range operated by the Royal Australian Air Force and is heavily restricted to the general public.

It has been home to British nuclear testing, rocket testing and space probes. The facilities on its ground serve the purpose of designing a wide variety of weapons including missiles, rockets and target aircraft.

The land it sits on is rich in mineral elements
and is worth billions of dollars for its natural resources.

It can only be accessed by special permit holders.

12. Bank of England Gold Vault, Great Britain

Beneath the Bank of England’s headquarters in London is Great Britain’s largest gold vault,
which stores over 5,152 tons of gold bricks that
are neatly arranged like wrapped chocolate
bars on shelves and palettes.

To gain access, you have to unlock a bombproof door using a high-tech voice recognition system then use several three-foot-long keys to open locks leading to it.
While the size of the vault hasn’t been made public, it is rumoured to have more floor space than the average 47 story building.

The total worth of the gold vault’s stock is set at $315 billion.

11. Snake Island, Brazil

Off the coast of Sao Paolo, Brazil lies the Ilha
de Queimada Grande, home to 4,000 of the
world’s deadliest snakes – who have been
known to snatch birds out of the sky and kill
them with a venom that has been proven to
melt human flesh.

The island is the only place on Earth that the planet’s most venomous snake, the Bothrops Insularis (golden lancehead viper,) is known to inhabit.

The Brazilian government has banned all of its
citizens or tourists from visiting Snake Island in
an attempt to protect them, as several risk- takers have made the journey to the island in
the past only to meet their death.

10. Korean Demilitarized Zone, Republic Of Korea

At the end of the Korean War in 1953, a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula was established to differentiate between the areas of North and South Korea.

Today, this border remains one of the most heavily guarded areas in the world – spanning 250 kilometers long and 4 km wide.

While tours to the public are available at the DMZ’s joint security area, the rest of the border is considered extremely dangerous and has seen numerous violent incidents over the years resulting in multiple deaths by shooting or mine explosion.

These deaths are typically attributed to soldiers attempting to cross over the border or occur when illegally constructed tunnels across the border are discovered.

09. Fort Knox, United States

The United States Bullion Depository, known as Fort Knox, is located in Kentucky and houses a large portion of the American gold reserve.

The vault housing the gold, which is said to total 3% of the total supply ever refined in human history, is lined with granite walls and protected by a 22 ton door that can withstand bomb blasts.

A full list of the fort’s contents cannot be found, as the last known audit of the facility was done in 1930.

It has been home to the U.S. Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution and has held copies of the Magna Carta.

Today, it protects valuable items entrusted to the federal government and is guarded around the clock by the U.S. Mint Police.

08. Tomb of Genghis Khan, Possibly Mongolia

The tomb of famed Mongolian ruler Genghis
Khan’s location is such a secret that it has yet
to be discovered.

After it was completed, it is reported that the slaves who built it were killed and then the soldiers who murdered them were also disposed of.

It is rumoured that the 240 square kilometer area of the Burkhan Khaldun Mountains are the tomb’s possible site and there have been projects undertaken asking the public to tag potential locations based on images taken of the area from space.

The discovery of Khan’s palace in 2004 led researchers to believe that they were close to
discovering the tomb but they ultimately turned
up empty handed.

07. Queen’s Bedroom, Great Britain

In 1982, a man by the name of Michael Fagan
scaled Buckingham Palace’s 14 foot high
perimeter wall despite it being adored with
revolving spikes and barbed wire, climbed up a
drainpipe and wandered into the Queen’s
bedroom in the early morning hours.

He triggered alarms but they were faulty and then sat on the edge of her bed while she slept and drank a cup of tea.

Since the incident, security at the Palace has been ramped up and the Queen’s bedroom’s perimeter is outfitted with sophisticated alarms, motion sensors and round the clock security guard presence.

06. Granite Mountain Records Vault, United States

While most of us are aware of the Mormon
religion and its beliefs, it isn’t widely known that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints possesses one of the most extensive
databases on the human race in the world.

In the Little Cottonwood Canyon just outside of Utah, approximately 2.4 million genealogical
microfilm rolls are stored in the religion’s
Granite Mountain Records Vault, carved deep
into a mass of solid rock. In simpler terms,
these film rolls equal about three billion pages
of family history records.

A 14 ton door protects this information, which raises questions as to how the religion accessed these records and what their use for them is.

The vault has long been rumoured to host secret underground baptisms and religious rituals too.

05. Iron Mountain’s National Data Center, United States

Carved 220 feet underground into a former
limestone mine in Pennsylvania, Iron Mountain
is an elusive company operating the top secret
National American Data Center.

The aim of this center is to protect valuable data in the event of natural disasters and it is widely considered one of the most secured facilities of its kind.

It features an underground lake used to cool data systems and a facility named Room 48 –used to discover geothermal conditions to create the perfect environment for electronic documents.

The charred remains of United Flight 93 can be found here as well as some of Bill Gates’
private photographic collections.

04. The Greenbrier Bunker, United States

The Greenbrier is a historic resort in West
Virginia that frequently hosts presidents and
government officials due to its relative proximity to the White House.

In the late 1950s, the U.S. government approached the property to help them create a top secret emergency relocation in the event of a nuclear holocaust.

The bunker was named “Project Greek Island” and was kept stocked with supplies for 30 years until a journalist in the Washington Post revealed its location in 1992 – at which point its purpose was nulled.

Today, the bunker is open as an attraction to visitors and is used as a data storage facility.

03. Dulce Base, United States

In 1979, American businessman Paul Bennewitz became convinced that he was intercepting electronic communications from aliens outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico in a town named Dulce.

Since then, the area where he discovered signals has come to be known as the Dulce Base and is said to be a joint government-alien biogenetic laboratory that carries out experiments on humans and animals.
The upper level is controlled by the
government while the lower levels closest to
the Earth are reportedly run by extraterrestrials.

A man by the name of Phil Schneider claimed to have helped build an entrance to the top-secret base but was later found dead in his apartment, with a piano wire wrapped around his neck.

02. Bold Lane Car Park, Great Britain

A parking garage might seem like one of the
easiest places on the planet to gain access to,
but the Bold Lane car park in Derbyshire,
England defies any pre-existing notions about
the multi-storied buildings that you may have
had.

It’s operated by Parksafe Systems and is listed as one of the most secure places in the world by a BBC news report.

Drivers are issued a barcoded ticket upon entering that is linked to a specific parking spot.

They then have to enter a bay number which activates a motion sensor located in the ground. Drivers can only access the building using their barcoded ticket and the sensors are turned off once any charges are paid for.

There are 190 cameras in the garage,
emergency lock-down systems for all exits and
a PA that allows the operator to communicate
with anybody in the building.

01. Bahnhof/Wikileaks, Sweden

Wikileaks is an international journalistic
organization that has been publishing secret
information belonging to various governments
around the world since 2006.

Bahnhof is an independent Swedish Internet service provider.

What do the two have in common?

Well, quite a lot as it may turn out. All of Wikileaks’ servers are hosted in a Bahnhof data center located in a top secret secured bunker named Pionen that is burrowed away into the White Mountains in Stockholm.

The controversial Wikileaks’ servers have long tried to be found by the Swedish police, without any luck or cooperation from Bahnhof.

The bunker features steel doors and can withstand a nuclear attack, as it was originally built to be a Cold War shelter.




Sources:
history.com,
latimes.com,
bbc.co.uk,
pbs.org,
newyorker.com,
independent.co.uk,
nbcnews.com,
vice.com,
defence.gov.au ,
dailymail.co.uk

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  Misogynistic Doctor Behavior Sparks Ethics Concerns
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-18-2015, 06:38 AM - Forum: World News - No Replies

The incidents, recounted in an anonymous essay in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, highlight reoccurring concerns.

By Steve Sternberg
Aug. 17, 2015 | 5:01 p.m. EDT

"I'll bet she's enjoying this," the surgeon said
and winked as he prepped a naked,
anesthetized woman for a hysterectomy. The
medical student at his side cringed, nervously
echoing his superior's laughter. Later, in a
medical humanities class, he declared the surgeon's behavior "unforgiveable"—and asked the professor if he had ever witnessed anything like that.

Worse, the professor told his class; he had
taken part. For years, he had bottled up his own offence, an obscene dance involving an
unconscious woman who had almost died after
having a baby.

On Monday he broke his silence. In the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, he described both patient encounters in an anonymous essay on what the editors call medicine's "dark underbelly"—a realm where outwardly caring doctors behave with disrespect toward unsuspecting patients.

"The incidents described in this essay are
completely abhorrent," the journal's editor in
chief, Dr. Christine Laine, of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, says. "What makes
them especially abhorrent is that they were
done in front of trainees. That magnifies the
wrong."

In the second case, the patient, identified in the essay by the pseudonym "Mrs. Lopez," had begun to hemorrhage after giving birth. The obstetrics resident on the case saved the
patient's life by giving rescue drugs and by
manually massaging the woman's uterus to restore its muscle tone and stop the bleeding.

Afterward, with his hand still inside the patient,
he began singing "La Cucaracha" and dancing. The professor—then a trainee—joined in.

Appalled, the anesthesiologist, who had put the woman to sleep, intervened, saying "Knock it off, a--holes."

The journal's editors say the author is a
practicing physician with a medical school
affiliation. Although he signed his essay when
he submitted it, they chose to publish it
anonymously to avoid identifying "any person… most importantly the patients."

They make no effort to sugar-coat the incidents described. In an editorial, they characterize the first as reeking of "misogyny and disrespect" and the second "of all that plus heavy overtones of sexual assault and racism." These incidents may seem extreme, but they are far from unique or limited to any specialty.

In June, a Fairfax County, Virginia, jury ordered an anesthesiologist and her practice to pay a
patient $500,000 after the doctor mocked and
insulted the patient during a colonoscopy. The comments were recorded during the procedure on the patients' smartphone.

Last summer, Johns Hopkins Health System agreed to pay $190 million to settle the case of a gynecologist who was fired in 2013 for secretly photographing and recording patients.
After the doctor confessed, he committed suicide. Dr. Deborah Hall, president of the American Medical Student Association, notes that medical licensing boards report that more complaints are filed against physicians for a lack of professionalism rather than medical malpractice.

"It's our behaviors and the way we treat patients," she says.


The journal's editors acknowledge that incidents in which doctors behave unprofessionally towards patients may be more common than most doctors like to admit.
"Although we wish it were otherwise, most physicians at some point find themselves in the midst of situations where a colleague acts in a manner that's disrespectful to a patient," they write in the editorial.

What makes the essay so troubling, and so
compelling, is what it says about the culture of
medicine, experts say. It is a hierarchy, with the doctor at the top, often with little tolerance for criticism by medical students, residents, nurses or other subordinates. In both of these incidents, patients were in the maelstrom of complex procedures, one a hysterectomy and one a delivery. Both rooms would have been populated by doctors, nurses and technicians.

Medical students feel as though they're at the bottom of the pecking order, says Hall, a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. "Students feel incredibly vulnerable," Hall says. "It's incredibly difficult to speak up." Yet students who don't speak up, she says, experience a sense of shame.

"That's a heavy burden to carry. It can contribute to burnout and a decline in compassion."

Another dimension is the difference between
how the second incident began and how it
ended. It began with a life-threatening crisis in
which the participants acted quickly, and
responsibly, and saved a mother's life. And the
physician who deserves credit—and ultimately blame—was trainee himself, a doctor working to become a specialist in obstetrics and
gynecology.

"This was a resident, not an attending
physician," says Dr. Sigal Klipstein, chairwoman of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' ethics committee and a reproductive endocrinologist at InVia Fertility Specialists, Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

"This could have been a 27-year-old kid in a situation where a patient's life was literally and figuratively in his hands."

The author of the essay offers virtually no
commentary and renders no judgements on the behaviors described. He simply sets the scene— a class in which the topic was "forgiveness"— and relates what was said. After finishing his own story, he writes that he glanced at the students sitting speechless before him and concludes with one telling line:

"I know this is my silence to break."

The journal's editors report that they decided to publish the essay only after a debate so
impassioned that, at one point, they decided to
take a "time out." Dr. Darren Taichman, of Penn Medicine and the journal's deputy editor, says some editors were fearful that by publishing the piece they would tarnish the profession or, worse, "make patients fearful about what might occur behind their backs, so they're reluctant to get the medical care they need."

The editorial says the Annals editors chose to
publish the essay for the same reason the
author appears to have submitted it: To make all who read it think twice before "acting in a
manner that demeans patients and makes
trainees and colleagues squirm."

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Shocked 10 Millionaire Criminals Who Bought Their Freedom
Posted by: IceWizard - 08-17-2015, 09:15 PM - Forum: The Lounge - No Replies

Money may not buy happiness, but it can
certainly buy freedom. It’s amazing what a legal defense team can pull off with a hefty deposit at their disposal. When there’s millions of dollars up for grabs, what would otherwise be an open case, can quite easily move in the opposite direction and leave notorious criminals free to roam the streets.

With riches and power come benefits that far
exceed financial gain: the right to always be
free and live a life without repercussions for
past actions. With world class lawyers at the
helm, one can literally get away with murder.

Whether it’s celebrity status, shady behind the
scenes deals, or simply good luck, these 10
millionaires have managed to escape justice for atrocities that — in most circumstances — are simply unforgivable. While some have suffered, living their lives in the shadow of their crime, others have managed to prosper in the wake of their offense. It’s a backwards world we live in where it’s one rule for the common man, and another for the wealthy.


10. Robert Blake
In May 2001, actor Robert Blake took his wife Bonnie Lee Bakely, out for an Italian dinner.
Afterwards, while parked on the side of the
street, Bonnie received a fatal gunshot wound
to the head. Blake claimed that he re-entered
the restaurant to collect a gun that he had left
behind when the event occurred. In the coming years, two of his previous stuntmen alleged that Blake had tried to hire them to assassinate his wife.

While there wasn’t enough evidence to
convict, even his three children are convinced
that he was involved and filed a civil lawsuit
against him, which reduced his fortune by a whopping $30 million. Although he filed for
bankruptcy in 2010, he currently has a net worth of approximately $1.1 million.

09. Duane Chapman (Dog the Bounty
Hunter)
Before he was a Bible worshiping bail
bondsman, Duane Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter) was convicted of first degree murder after an altercation with a pimp/drug dealer that left him dead. While in prison Chapman tackled an inmate who was trying to escape, saving him from being shot.

This event inspired him to change his ways and pursue a path of righteousness. After serving his time he became a bail bondsman and media personality, eventually amassing a net worth of over $6 million. His big break came after he caught Andrew Luster, who was on the run after being charged with 86 counts of sexual assault.
This was the turning point in his career that spawned his own television series.

08. Leroy “Nicky” Barnes
In the mid-70s, Leroy “Nicky” Barnes was one
of the most notorious heroin and cocaine
dealers in the world from peddling in excess of $1 million worth of narcotics each month. His New York-based criminal organization, The
Council, controlled Harlem’s drug trade after
American Gangster, Frank Lucas was arrested.
Barnes was smug about his exploits from the beginning, agreeing to pose for the cover of the New York Times, who subsequently gave him the nickname “Mr. Untouchable.” This
caught the attention of President Jimmy Carter, who ordered the attorney general to “Prosecute Barnes to the fullest extent of the
law.”

While in prison he found out that a member of The Council was sleeping with his mistress, so he became an informant in retaliation. Although he implicated himself in eight murders, his sentenced was reduced and he was released in 1998 after serving more
than 30 years.

At the age of 81, Barnes is now a law-abiding citizen with a hefty retirement fund.


07. John Gordon Abbot

Dubbed ”The Millionaire Murderer”, John
Gordon Abbot is a criminal genius that was
linked to the CIA and partook in a number of
bank robberies.

He is currently a prime suspect — along with two other men — for the murder of San Francisco-based actress Valerie McDonald. After being released from prison for another unrelated crime, he fled from Canada to his birth country of England. From there his trail went cold.

Decades later, Investigate Magazine discovered that he was living in New Zealand, along with millions of dollars worth of property, which he had paid for in cash — the exact figure is unknown.
When word got out he fled to Australia and subsequently returned to England.

He is still at large.

06. Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (Snoop
Dogg)

Recording artist and actor, Snoop Dogg was involved in the shooting of Phillip Woldermarian in 1993. While he didn’t pull the trigger, he was driving the getaway vehicle and evaded the police for a week before turning himself in.

Witnesses state that Snoop’s bodyguard,
McKinley Lee, startled the victim, which prompted him to reach for (what was believed
to be) a gun.

Lee killed Woldermarian with a single shot, claiming self defense. Due to various mishaps involving the destruction and tampering of evidence, the highly publicized case dragged on for three years.

Snoop was eventually acquitted with the help of famed defense attorney Johnnie Cochran. The event solidified Snoop’s gangbanger persona and actually enhanced his career, helping him amass his $135 million fortune.

05. Donald “Don” King

Don King is one of boxing’s most famous and controversial promoters. Name virtually any
historic fight and he was almost certainly
ringside. He’s also one of the reasons why
boxing’s reputation has been tainted over the
past few decades.

King is corrupt, drug addicted and has been sued by almost every boxer he’s represented.

King is so greedy that he once beat an employee and stomped him to death over a measly $600. He ended up serving four years for manslaughter, but he had his sentence overturned by Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes, after some powerful friends spoke out.

Now aged 83, Don King is still one of the
richest men in the world of boxing, with a net
worth of $150 million.

04. Issei Sagawa

In 1981, Japanese exchange student Issei
Sagawa, murdered, sexually assaulted and
cannibalized a Dutch woman named Renee
Hartevelt while living in Paris, France. After his
capture he was deemed unfit for trial and spent two years living in a psychiatric hospital.
During this time his wealthy father hired a top defense lawyer with close connections to the French government.
Sagawa was subsequently deported back to Japan, and because the case never went to trial, he was a free man.

In the coming years, Sagawa became a minor celebrity, working in various parts of the
entertainment sector, including film, television
and fetish p****graphy. He also authored 19
books about the crime, some of which were
Japanese bestsellers, making him more than $1 million in the 80s.

03. Michael Skakel

Sometimes freedom is in the family name.
Michael Christopher Skakel is the nephew of
senator Robert F. Kennedy, and grandchild of
George Skakel, founder of Great Lakes Carbon Corporation — one of the wealthiest companies in the United States.

Throughout the years Michael Skakel had his fair share of problems with the law, most of which involved drinking and driving. However, in 2000 he was arrested for a far more serious crime: the murder of Martha Moxley. Skakel has always maintained his innocence despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
With the help of his powerful family, in 2013 he was released on a $1.3 million bond and is now a (partially) free man.

02. Aribert Heim (Dr. Death)

Aribert Heim was born in 1914 and is believed to have been hiding in Argentina since World War Two. While working at Mauthusen
Concentration Camp, Heim tortured and killed
hundreds of Jews, earning him the nickname
“Dr. Death.” His horrific crimes included injecting prisoners with chemicals that had no
medical relevance, and dismembering bodies
while the victims were still alive.

After the war he moved to Baden-Baden and amassed a fortune of over $2 million running his own gynecologist clinic and investing in real estate. His family and lawyer claim that he passed away in Cairo in 1992, under the assumed identity Tarek Hussein Farid; however, in 2001 his lawyer requested a refund of capital gains taxes from German financial authorities stating Heim was living abroad.

Even today (2015) he is one of the top 10 most wanted Nazi war criminals.

01. Robert Durst

Robert Durst, the wealthy heir to a $100 million New York real estate fortune — which includes office buildings in Times Square — is the prime suspect in at least three murder cases, including that of his missing (presumed dead) wife, Kathie Durst.

His story was covered extensively in Andrew Jareki’s HBO documentary series The Jinx, which uncovered new evidence linking him to the murder of his best friend, writer Susan Burman.

So why is he free?

All of the evidence is circumstantial. While he openly admitted in a 2003 trial to dismembering the body of his neighbor Morris Black, and disposing his remains in the
Galveston Bay, he claims that the death
occurred after an altercation in his apartment
and that he acted in self defense, leading the
prosecutors in the awkward position of having
to disprove his claims.

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