(NaturalNews) Exclusive investigation: The 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may still be alive. This stunning realization is now supported by considerable emerging evidence detailed in this article. At the same time, the "vanished" Boeing 777 may also be in a hanger in Iran right now, being retrofitted with nuclear weapons and turned into a suicide bomb to be deployed over a major city in the Middle East. This possibility is discussed in detail, below, with supporting evidence. The idea that Flight 370 passengers and crew may still be alive is not a bizarre theory. Even Reuters is now reporting that U.S. authorities have stated, "...it's also possible the plane may have landed somewhere." Here's the evidence in support of this emerging "piracy" theory of what may have happened to Flight 370 and why the people who may have diverted it might also be planning on turning it into a weapon: Five critical pieces of astonishing supporting evidence that Flight 370 passengers may still be alive Please understand that I do not wish to create false hope for all those families who have greatly suffered through this ordeal. My heart goes out to them, and we can only hope these 239 passengers and crew are, indeed, being kept alive somewhere to be used as a bargaining chip for ransom or political purposes. Here's the substantial evidence in support of this theory: • Fact #1: No crash debris has been located, despite an exhaustive search The search for debris has involved over two dozen nations and is unprecedented in aviation history. If the plane had crashed in the ocean anywhere near its intended flight path, the debris almost certainly would have been located by now. • Fact #2: The plane's transponder appears to have been manually turned off several minutes before other communication systems stopped transmitting As the Associated Press reports, "...key evidence for 'human intervention' in the plane's disappearance is that contact with its transponder stopped about a dozen minutes before a messaging system quit." This almost certainly means someone deliberately disabled the transponder (the device which transmits location to air traffic controllers). Why would someone do that? Because they don't want to be tracked as they change course and take the plane to a new destination. A Reuters article adds more detail: Analysis of the Malaysia data suggests the plane, with 239 people on board, diverted from its intended northeast route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and flew west instead, using airline flight corridors normally employed for routes to the Middle East and Europe. This adds some evidence to the idea that the plane may have been diverted to the Middle East. Together with the suspicion of stolen passports and the identities of those who traveled with them, this starts to paint a more clear picture in support of piracy as the underlying explanation, with possible ties to Iran (see more below). What's especially fascinating to me in all this is that once the transponder was turned off, this massive aircraft apparently went into "stealth mode" where nobody could track it. Although this seems to defy the laws of physics and radar, we cannot argue with the fact that the plane was apparently untraceable as it flew for four hours after the transponder was turned off. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044307_Flight_370_passengers_alive_air_piracy.html#ixzz2w4xXwuo8
OK, let’s ban the word “bossy.” It’s too “gendered” and discourages girls from taking leadership positions. From now on, Lucy van Pelt, you are merely “assertive.” Miss Piggy? You’re “self-assured.” Maleficent? Strong and liberated, with a definite outside-the-box quality.
The push to ban “bossy” was launched last weekend in a Wall Street Journal piece by the country’s unelected Leader of All Women, Sheryl Sandberg.
While we’re at it, of course, we should ban terms that are routinely lobbed at men who are a little too enthusiastic about ordering people around: words like “jerk,” “a - - hole,” the D-word and (for my British readers only) the C-word (a common epithet in the UK that in my experience is lobbed almost exclusively at men, much like the term “d-bag” here). Let’s ban all hurty words in general! For instance, I fail to see how the word “bitchy” is less gendered or less negative than “bossy.”
Except it’s been some 20 years since women decided to reclaim the word “bitch.” It was in 1997 that Meredith Brooks had a Top 10 hit with her song “Bitch.” (The refrain was the kind of thing you’d see a convertible full of college women singing along to with the top down: “I’m a bitch, I’m a lover/ I’m a child, I’m a mother/ I’m a sinner, I’m a saint/ I do not feel ashamed.”
If your aim is to be the boss, girls and ladies, why not be proud when they call you bossy? Throw it back in their faces the way Tina Fey did when she titled her (superb) book “Bossypants.” She explained within that she was tired of being asked what it was like to be the boss of “30 Rock,” a question she feels certain would not have been asked of a man. And doesn’t a plea to be shielded from the hurtful effects of language sound like something other than what a strong, confident woman would issue? Somehow we all grasped this as third-graders, with our “sticks and stones” refrain.
Then we all went to college, where we learned to be deeply wounded by everything everyone was saying.
Fortunately, the “bossy” campaign already seems to be dying out, with feminist writers in outlets like Slate and New York magazine taking the opposing view.
Top-down efforts to reshape language are inherently ridiculous and un-American. Worse than un-American: They’re French. France has actual language police (the terminology commission, which conjures up a dire image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a dweeby bow-tie) that, for instance, engages in doomed efforts to get people to saycourriel, a term nobody uses, instead of e-mail, which is cool because it’s Anglo-American.
Moreover, the term “bossy” is a useful one: Getting the mix right in leadership can be a tricky thing, and if you hear the word “bossy” too much, you may need to modulate your tone. I learned in my brief attempt to be an Army officer that some people are good at making others want to follow orders, and others are . . . like me.
True leaders make people go about their work whistling a happy tune, or at least not muttering darkly. If people seem grumpy about taking orders, you’re not motivating them. Make them want to do their jobs. Give them praise and pride and team spirit and other things that cost you nothing but mean a lot. The generals figured that out a long time ago, which is why they marvel that their troops will do anything for a piece of colored ribbon. And in your job, chances are you don’t have to ask anybody to get killed.
A multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30% and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production.
These are only the first steps in a bigger initiative that will turn sugarcane and sorghum—two of the most productive crop plants known—into even more productive, oil-generating plants.
The team will present its latest findings Feb. 25, 2014, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C.
“Biodiesel is attractive because, for example, with soybean, once you’ve pressed the oil out it’s fairly easy to convert it to diesel,” said Stephen P. Long, a University of Illinois professor of plant biology and leader of the initiative. “You could do it in your kitchen.”
But soybean isn’t productive enough to meet the nation’s need for renewable diesel fuels, Long said.
“Sugarcane and sorghum are exceptionally productive plants, and if you could make them accumulate oil in their stems instead of sugar, this would give you much more oil per acre,” he said.
Working first with the laboratory-friendly plant Arabidopsis and later with sugarcane, the team introduced genes that boost natural oil production in the plant. They increased oil production in sugarcane stems to about 1.5%.
“That doesn’t sound like a lot, but at 1.5%, a sugarcane field in Florida would produce about 50% more oil per acre than a soybean field,” Long said. “There’s enough oil to make it worth harvesting.”
The team hopes to increase the oil content of sugarcane stems to about 20%, he said.
Using genetic engineering, the researchers increased photosynthetic efficiency in sugarcane and sorghum by 30%, Long said. And to boost cold tolerance, researchers are crossing sugarcane with Miscanthus, a related perennial grass that can grow as far north as Canada. The new hybrid is more cold-tolerant than sugarcane, but further crosses are needed to restore the other attributes of sugarcane while preserving its cold-tolerance, Long said.
Ultimately, the team hopes to integrate all of these new attributes into sugarcane, he said.
“Our goal is to make sugarcane produce more oil, be more productive with more photosynthesis and be more cold-tolerant,” he said.
The research team, led by the U. of I., includes scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Univ. of Florida and the University of Nebraska. Long is an affiliate of the Institute for Genomic Biology at the U. of I.
Nearly six years after taking office, President Obama, whose term has seen a significant uptick in deportations, has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to review whether deportation policies can be enforced more “humanely.” Nearly 2 million people have been deported by the Obama Administration so far, almost as many as under eight years of the Bush administration. The rate comes out to about 1,000 deportations a day, more than under any previous president. Obama made the promise of a review last night to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. His Republican critics, meanwhile, complain that the president’s stance on deportations is already too lax, arguing that deportation figures are inflated.
The White House has refused to discuss what kind of policy changes could make deportation or humane or any timeline for when Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson might report back to the president. The move was likely spurred by pressure from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), typically a stalwart Obama ally. The NCLR chief, Janet Murgia, called President Obama the “deporter-in-chief” in a speech highly critical of the president’s immigration policies last week. She followed that up by identifying House Republicans as the “key barrier” to immigration reform. The Obama administration previously claimed there was nothing it could do to change deportation policies without an immigration reform law. The president is scheduled to meet about half a dozen immigration activists in the White House this afternoon.
Tesla Motors has two gallery stores in New Jersey: at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus and at theShort Hills mall. The Palo Alto maker of the all-electric Model S sedan has been selling cars in New Jersey for roughly a year and a half, and the state has emerged as a key market in terms of U.S. sales.
But Tesla is fighting the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers and the administration of Republican Gov. Chris Christie over the right to continue to sell its cars through its direct-sales model. Tesla has faced this battle in many states and has said car dealers are coordinating efforts to hinder sales.
On Tuesday afternoon, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is expected to approve a rule that would require all new-car dealers to have a franchise agreement in order to receive a license from the state. Tesla sells its cars directly and does not use a dealership model, in part because electric vehicles are still a new technology. Tesla feels that consumer education – direct from the manufacturer – is key.
In a blog post, Tesla said it had been negotiating in good faith with all the parties involved; Tesla’s current license to sell cars in New Jersey expires at the end of March. Then things apparently fell apart.
“Unfortunately, Monday we received news that Governor Christie’s administration has gone back on its word,” said Tesla. “The Administration has decided to go outside the legislative process by expediting a rule proposal that would completely change the law in New Jersey. This new rule, if adopted, would curtail Tesla’s sales operations and jeopardize our existing retail licenses in the state.”
Jim Appleton, president of NJ CAR, says Tesla never should have been granted the right to sell cars in New Jersey in the first place because the state believes there’s a public benefit to promoting a separation between automakers and auto sellers. If there’s a warranty issue or recall notice, said Appleton, dealers see a chance to help customers; the manufacturer sees an expense.
“The jig is up,” said Appelton in an interview Tuesday. “Someone at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission screwed up and issued Tesla licenses, and they never should have. Tesla has been allowed to operate for a year and a half, when they shouldn’t have been operating at all. Tesla is accusing everyone in the world of backroom dealing, yet they indicated they had backroom discussions that led them to believe they could continue to operate.”
New Jersey, one of the wealthiest states in the country, is a key market for Tesla. According to Jessica Caldwell, an analyst at Edmunds.com, New Jersey had 642 registrations in New Jersey through January 2014.
Photo of a Model S sedan from the Tesla Motors website.
Qlika launched out of UpWest’s fourth batch of Israeli-American startups in March to tackle a big problem in online marketing: Localization. In other words, what’s the point of spending millions of dollars on marketing campaigns — across search, social and display — if those campaigns look exactly the same in California as they do in Sydney? Ideally, with conversion rates varying from location to location, companies should be tailoring their messages, targeting customer demographics and adjusting their keyword bidding in the same way.
After sitting down with a handful of CMOs, Omri Morgenshtern, Ittai Chorev and Idan Zalzberg quickly discovered that most large organizations don’t — despite the spend — nor do they break out conversion or ROI goals for each market. So, the co-founders developed patent-pending technology to help advertisers do just that, and manage and optimize their campaigns for each particular market, media channel and segment.
While the startup’s “micro-market targeting” technology could be applied across a range of industries — giving it broad appeal as potential acquisition bait — it was an online travel agency that got there first. This week, travel bookings and service provider, Priceline.com, confirmed that it is acquiring the Israeli startup to support the growth of its international business, particularly in Asia.
Both Priceline and Qlika declined to go into details on the terms of the deal; however, TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources close to the companies that the total value of the deal was in the range of $15 to $20 million — not $3 million as was originally reported. In addition, we’ve also learned that, while most of the startup’s 10 employees will be joining Priceline full-time, not everyone will be making the trip across the pond to Priceline’s headquarters in the U.S.
The trial for a man charged with viciously abusing and murdering a four-year-old girl continued in North Carolina this week. Jonathan Richardson, 25, has been accused of murdering young Teghan Skiba in 2010.
A new generation of transhumanists is emerging. You can feel it in handshakes at transhumanist meet-ups. You can see it when checking in to transhumanist groups in social media. You can read it in the hundreds of transhumanist-themed blogs. This is not the same bunch of older, mostly male academics that have slowly moved the movement forward during the last few decades. This is a dynamic group of younger people from varying backgrounds: Asians, Blacks, Middle Easterners, Caucasians, and Latinos. Many are females, some are LGBT, and others have disabilities. Many are atheist, while others are spiritual or even formally religious. Their politics run the gamut, from liberals to conservatives to anarchists. Their professions vary widely, from artists to physical laborers to programmers. Whatever their background, preferences, or professions, they have recently tripled the population of transhumanists in just the last 12 months.
"Three years ago, we had only around 400 members, but today we have over 10,000 members," says Amanda Stoel, co-founder and chief administrator of Facebook groupSingularity Network, one of the largest of hundreds of transhumanist-themed groups on the web.
Transhumanism is becoming so popular that even the comic strip Dilbert, which appears online and in 2000 newspapers, recently made jokes about it.
Despite its growing popularity, many people around the world still don't know what "transhuman" means. Transhuman literally means beyond human. Transhumanists consist of life extensionists, techno-optimists, Singularitarians, biohackers, roboticists, AI proponents, and futurists who embrace radical science and technology to improve the human condition. The most important aim for many transhumanists is to overcome human mortality, a goal some believe is achievable by 2045.
Transhumanism has been around for nearly 30 years and was first heavily influenced by science fiction. Today, transhumanism is increasingly being influenced by actual science and technological innovation, much of it being created by people under the age of 40. It's also become a very international movement, with many formal groups in dozens of countries.
Despite the movement's growth, its potential is being challenged by some older transhumanists who snub the younger generation and their ideas. These old-school futurists dismiss activist philosophies and radicalism, and even prefer some younger writers and speakers not have their voices heard. Additionally, transhumanism's Wikipedia page -- the most viewed online document of the movement -- is protected by a vigilant posse, deleting additions or changes that don't support a bland academic view of transhumanism.
Inevitably, this Wikipedia page misses the vibrancy and happenings of the burgeoning movement. The real status and information of transhumanism and its philosophies can be found in public transhumanist gatherings and festivities, in popular student groups like the Stanford University Transhumanist Association, and in social media where tens of thousands of scientists and technologists hang out and discuss the transhuman future.
Jet-setting personality Maria Konovalenko, a 29-year-old Russian molecular biophysicist whose public demonstrations supporting radical life extension have made international news, is a prime example.
"We must do more for transhumanism and life extension," says Konovalenko, who serves as vice president of Moscow-based Science for Life Extension Foundation. "This is our lives and our futures we're talking about. To sit back and and just watch the 21st Century roll by will not accomplish our goals. We must take our message to the people in the streets and strive to make real change."
Transhumanist celebrities like Konovalenko are changing the way the movement gets its message across to the public. Gauging by the rapidly increasing number of transhumanists, it's working.
A primary goal of many transhumanists is to convince the public that embracing radical technology and science is in the species' best interest. In a mostly religious world where much of society still believes in heavenly afterlives, some people are skeptical about whether significantly extending human lifespans is philosophically and morally correct. Transhumanists believe the more people that support transhumanism, the more private and government resources will end up in the hands of organizations and companies that aim to improve human lives and bring mortality to an end.
The news: While Washington and Colorado may be the only states that currently allow recreational marijuana, the movement towards legalized medical marijuana is about to succeed in nearly half the country, with a brand new state on track to join the group: Utah.
On Thursday, the Utah state Senate passed a medical marijuana bill in a unanimous vote, and all it needs now is Governor Gary Herbert's signature. The bill had also previously passed the state House by wide margins.
The new bill will only restrict marijuana use to non-intoxicating cannabis oil for epileptic patients. Nicknamed "Charlee's Law," a 6-year-old epileptic patient who inspired the bill, the bill will clear marijuana for pediatric use as well.
The background: Medical marijuana has shown positive results for epilepsy treatment,especially for patients who have physical resistance to traditional medications. A special strain cultivated for pediatric epileptic treatment, called "Charlotte's Web," has become widely popular, with parents flocking to Colorado to get a supply for their children.
Of course, given marijuana's schedule I controlled substance status, there have not been enough peer-reviewed scientific studies to confirm that the treatment is successful and poses no danger to children. But strains like "Charlotte's Web" are bred to contain no psychoactive ingredients. The Utah bill also stipulates that cannabis oils must contain "at least 15% cannabidiol (CBD), the chemical believed to have anti-seizure properties, and less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical that gives marijuana users a high."
Those who want to receive a "hemp waiver" in Utah must also prove that they have intractable epilepsy, and obtain written permission from a board-certified neurologist. If the bill passes takes into effect by July, it will expire after two years to allow for further legislative review.
What does this mean? Given how many restrictions the Utah bill is loaded with, it is unlikely that a recreational marijuana legalization bill is soon to follow. Herbert has made it clear that he views marijuana as "some kind of prescription" just like "any other medication."
Still, Utah's move signals a growing acceptance of marijuana as a medical alternative, and it's a trend that is increasingly gaining momentum nationwide — Kentucky and Georgia are expected to soon follow Utah's example. Financial incentives aside, there are still exciting, possible health benefits for marijuana, and the only way to see if those benefits are real is to keep an open mind and experiment.
(Jason Rodjanapanyakul/YouTube) Jason Rodjanapanyakul, a 23-year-old YouTube user from Seattle, decided to take more than 50 selfies with complete strangers recently during a walk around Bellevue Square Mall in Bellevue, Wash. The reactions were priceless. (Jason Rodjanapanyakul/YouTube) Within the evolution of a social media selfie culture that recently saw Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie become the most re-tweeted tweet in history, a “selfies with strangers” trend is taking hold. People have posted selfies with strangers videos to YouTube, to Facebook and Tumblr pages called “Selfies with Strangers” and to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #selfieswithstrangers. The concept is self-explanatory: You approach a stranger…
Gold futures fell from a six-month high as signs of optimism on the U.S. economy eroded demand for the precious metal as a store of value.
U.S. retail sales rose in February for the first time in three months, and jobless claims unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest since November, government reports showed today. Through yesterday, gold jumped 14 percent this year as signs of faltering global economic growth and escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine boosted demand for a haven.
“The market is reacting to today’s U.S. data,” Alfonso Esparza, senior currency analyst in Toronto at Oanda Corp., said in a telephone interview. “The Ukraine situation is still very volatile, so any news out of there could push gold higher”
Gold futures for April delivery fell 0.2 percent to $1,368.20 an ounce at 10:48 a.m. on the Comex in New York. Earlier, the price reached $1,375.70, the highest for a most-active contract since Sept. 10. Trading was 15 percent above the average for the past 100 days for this time, data compiled by Bloomberg showed.
Earlier, gold rose as much as 0.4 percent. The U.S. and Germany stepped up pressure on Russia to back down from plans to annex Crimea from Ukraine after the region holds a referendum in three days. China’s retail sales, industrial output and investment last month trailed estimates, data showed today.
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