Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Hedy Lamarr, Old Hollywood sex symbol, had a brain. It's a fact that may be nearly as overlooked as the inventor's wartime creation: landmark technology that was a precursor to Bluetooth.
It's not surprising that she's known best for her sultry persona, given her film role that made everyone sit up and take notice. In 1933's "Ecstasy," a Czech film, she raised eyebrows and drew condemnation around the globe when she appeared nude in one part of the film and simulated an orgasm in another.
Lamarr is seen going skinny-dipping and, still without a stitch on, chasing a runaway horse. The orgasm scene comes later, and, yes, she does smoke a cigarette afterward. "Ecstasy" is considered the first theatrically released movie to feature an actress simulating an orgasm on screen.
Take that, Meg Ryan.
Now, Richard Rhodes has revealed the nerdy side of this legendary beauty and superstar.
His new book, "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World," tells about the invention and how her role in its creation was long ignored.
In a recent interview on NPR's "All Things Considered," Rhodes said Lamarr was the type of person who "was constantly looking at the world and wondering how can that be fixed, how can that be improved."
This is a mid month Critical Mass to show solidarity with the cyclist killed on the road on 1st August by an Olympic bus. The headlines continuely ignored the death and concentrated on the gold medals-particulary the one won by British cyclist Bradley Wiggins. All cyclists including Olympians, are invited to join us as well as wheelchairers, skateboarders, roller bladers, roller skaters and other self-propelled people.. This Critical Mass will be huge - spread the word.
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Polish rebels fought for more than two months, sustaining heavy casualties among both fighters and civilians. Approximately 200,000 were killed during the uprising while the city itself was left in ruins.
Since mid-June 2012 the Canadian Eldorado Gold, along with AKTOR of Bobolas and the blessings of the State are cutting of the primeval forest of Skouries to make it a huge surface mine. The pharaonic “investment” will dry up Chalkidiki and will drain every drop of water.
Clashes occurred in Skouries, Chalkidiki between local residents and police during a demonstration against the establishment of gold mines by Canadian Eldorado Gold. The police forces made extensive use of chemicals, and plastic bullets. Note that logging has started for the creation of the mines by Eldorado Gold and AKTOR.
The march started from Ierrisos with the protesters shouting slogans such as “they talk about profits and losses, we are talking about human lives.”
Just months after the country went through a dramatic revolution, Tripoli is welcoming Cinnabon, the first U.S. franchise to open in Libya.
Mike Shattuck, president of the Atlanta-based company, Focus Brands International, tells CNN there are plans to open Cinnabon outlets in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco as well.
Shattuck said the 7,500-square-foot Cinnabon store is the first of 10 planned locations set to open in Libya over the next four years.
"Ultimately, we think there's an even larger opportunity in the country for us," Shattuck said.
A new law in North Carolina will ban the state from basing coastal policies on the latest scientific predictions of how much the sea level will rise, prompting environmentalists to accuse the state of disrespecting climate science.
The law has put the state in the spotlight for what critics have called nearsightedness and climate change denial, but its proponents said the state needed to put a moratorium on predictions of sea level rise until scientific techniques improve.
The law was drafted in response to an estimate by the state's Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) that the sea level will rise by 39 inches in the next century, prompting fears of costlier home insurance and accusations of anti-development alarmism among residents and developers in the state's coastal Outer Banks region.
How things change. On Friday one of the most hotly anticipated films in years opened in India. Its chief selling point: raunch. And lots of it.
Jism 2 has garnered acres of press interest after a Canadian-Indian porn star called Sunny Leone was chosen as the female lead. She had come to prominence after starring in Bigg Boss, India's answer to Big Brother. Jism, incidentally, means "body" in Hindi. The film's publicity manager seemed genuinely surprised to be told this week of jism's less savoury meaning in English slang.
Americans' right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
Filmmaker Kristin Canty's quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.
Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals' rights to access food of their choice and farmers' rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasona-bly burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policymakers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.
Elaine Scarry writes in the Boston Review:
In his recent book The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker argues that, over 50 centuries, many forms of violence have subsided.
Among the epochs he singles out for special scrutiny is a hundred-year period bridging the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries during which an array of brutal acts—executing accused witches, imprisoning debtors, torturing animals, torturing humans, inflicting the death penalty, enslaving fellow human beings—suddenly abated, even if they did not disappear. Attempting to account for “the sweeping change in everyday sensibilities” toward “the suffering in other living things” and for the protective laws that emerged during the Humanitarian Revolution, Pinker argues that the legal reforms were in some degree a product of increasing literacy. Reforms were immediately preceded by a startling increase in book production...
Ekin Karaka writes for Bianet:
"Tayfun was an extremely interesting character. He was obsessed about military service during the period between 1988 and 1989. Our horizons broadened thanks to him, and together we launched the 'No to Mandatory Military Service' campaign," said journalist Tuğrul Eryılmaz, Gönül's co-worker in Sokak Magazine during the 1980s.
"As soon as we launched the campaign, [officials] filed a suit against us on the charge of 'alienating people from military service.' We kept shuttling back and forth to the Sultanahmet courthouse with him during that entire period... In fact, Metin Münir, who was at the helm of Güneş newspaper, also stood trial with us, as he had put our campaign on the paper's headline," Eryılmaz said.
"Tayfun had an uncompromising [attitude,] but he showed this not through a bellicose but an extremely gentle style. He was the person who planted the seeds of awareness against militarism in Turkey," he added.
Gönül had participated in the International Conscientious Objectors' Day on May 15 when he briefly came out of hospital and criticized the language of hatred that permates the media in his speech.
Both Turkish and Kurdish media outlets employ such religious terminology as "martyrdom," Gönül had said.
"All sections [of society] should abandon the rhetoric of "the flag" and "marytrdom" without constraining themselves to a particular political-ideological engagement. I do not know how we are going to overtake the present language of nationalism, however," he had said in his speech.
From Human cycles: History as science by Laura Spinney, Nature:
To Peter Turchin, who studies population dynamics at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the appearance of three peaks of political instability at roughly 50-year intervals is not a coincidence. For the past 15 years, Turchin has been taking the mathematical techniques that once allowed him to track predator–prey cycles in forest ecosystems, and applying them to human history. He has analysed historical records on economic activity, demographic trends and outbursts of violence in the United States, and has come to the conclusion that a new wave of internal strife is already on its way1. The peak should occur in about 2020, he says, and will probably be at least as high as the one in around 1970. “I hope it won't be as bad as 1870,” he adds.
Turchin's approach — which he calls cliodynamics after Clio, the ancient Greek muse of history — is part of a groundswell of efforts to apply scientific methods to history by identifying and modelling the broad social forces that Turchin and his colleagues say shape all human societies. It is an attempt to show that “history is not 'just one damn thing after another'”, says Turchin, paraphrasing a saying often attributed to the late British historian Arnold Toynbee.
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But perhaps revolution is the best, if not the only, remedy for severe social stresses. Gintis points out that he is old enough to have taken part in the most recent period of turbulence in the United States, which helped to secure civil rights for women and black people. Elites have been known to give power back to the majority, he says, but only under duress, to help restore order after a period of turmoil. “
“The degree of entanglement is often used as a figure of merit for determining its usefulness for quantum technologies. Strongly entangled systems, however, are very sensitive to extrinsic influence and difficult to prepare and to control. A team of researchers headed by the physicists Caslav Brukner (theory) and Philip Walther (experiment) at the University of Vienna have been able to show that in order to achieve successful remote state preparation entanglement is not the only way forward.”
“Under certain circumstances, non-entangled states can outperform their entangled counterparts for such tasks — as long as they have a significant amount of so-called ‘quantum discord.’ This novel and not yet fully understood measure of quantum correlations quantifies the disturbance of correlated particles when being measured.”
Pip Pyle's energetic drumming drives the unequivocal call for people to 'take up the fight' against the nazis and their protectors. Recorded in 1976 at a joint production Remember Cable Street by Recreation Ground Theatre Company and PLM at the historic Unity Theatre, London. Originally a railway workers' chapel before becoming a workers' theatre, it was used by a broad spectrum of performers. Pip nearly left his drums to collect next day on his way to a session in central London. Fortunately he took them with him as the theatre 'mysteriously' burnt to the ground in the early hours of the morning Nov 6th. PLM/Rec' were due to perform at Unity that night too, but didn't due to a double booking.
MPs & Nazi Waffen SS veterans marched through Latvia's capital Riga accompanied by about 700 supporters and 'All for Latvia' political party members in a controversial annual 'memorial' procession commemorating the country's Nazi allegiances.
The procession was attended by about 1,500 veterans of the Waffen SS division, their supporters and members of parliament from the 'All for Latvia' Party, who marched from the Cathedral to the center of Riga.
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