Last month. Top Secret Writers wrote a report that looked at the authenticity of Lone Signal, a California-based project involving sending messages to extraterrestrials in space. Determined to unravel the truth about why the ambitious project quickly disappeared, we caught up with Pierre Fabre, the French businessman who co-founded the project. Gabrielle Pickard talks exclusively with Pierre about the inspiration, financing and future plans for the scheme and his thoughts about the suggestion that Lone Signal was a scam.
In the modern world, few people give a second thought to tuberculosis (TB), much less how prevalent the illness is in many developing countries and countries with a high number of densely populated regions, such as India and China.
Tuberculosis has come under the microscope of doctors and scientists during recent years because many of the recently diagnosed TB cases have been drug resistant to the 1950s antibiotics developed to combat TB.
Drug resistant TB is such a global concern that the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, held a workshop in January 2013.
In 2003, a very scared and vulnerable actress known to us as Brooke Shields came out publicly to discuss and bring awareness to the debilitating condition that 2 out of 10 mothers experience called postpartum depression. She came forward with this information as a result of her own diagnosis.
In her book “Down Came the Rain”, she opens up about the intrusive thoughts, voices and mental breakdown that she suffered as a result of a chemical imbalance after the birth of her first child.
In her books, Shields discusses her treatment for this disorder which included anti-depressants and intense psychotherapy. As though this was not heartbreaking enough for this new mother, another actor came forward with his ideas on how Ms. Shields should have handled this devastating setback.
Tom Cruise, an avid member of the Church of Scientology, made an alarming and possibly life threatening statement. He told the world that these types of conditions could be cured with exercise and a balanced diet. A combination that any actress as famous as Brooke Shields was probably accustomed to on a daily basis. Her spokesman made in clear to her fans and any other mother enduring this depression to seek medical advice as soon as possible and that Mr. Cruise’s input was not responsible.
This suggestion by the “Risky Business” actor proved to have caused a major backlash against the beliefs of Scientology and Mr. Cruise himself. The psychiatry field returned fire claiming that the mere suggestion of not treating this very serious and deadly condition with anything less than the close monitoring of a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry could put the baby and mother at serious risk. Most Americans agreed and were very disappointed with the stance Scientology took on such a delicate topic.
It seems that the U.S. Army may be on the verge of a “liquid metal” type technology seen only on the Terminator movies. They may achieve this technology through the use of modular robotics.
These tiny robots have the ability to reconfigure themselves into a variety of different shapes for a variety of different applications.
However, what is interesting about the Army’s research is that it is not looking to Hollywood for ideas. Instead, the U.S. Army is looking to mother nature; in particular, ants! The Army Research Office is studying how South African fire ants interact with each other to change the overall structure of the colony.
The Army Research Office reported that fire ants may hold the key to how modular robotics could function outside of the the lab. The report stated:
“An ant’s swarm intelligence leading to continual construction could also be applied to modular robotics research or possibly inspire new methods for actively reconfiguring interconnections in complex networks.”
Not only is the project looking at how the ants communicate with each other, but also how they can entangle themselves to form various structures and how they dissipate energy to change the state of the entire colony.
In 2012, Rev. Sun Myung Moon died at the age of 92. Sun Myung Moon was the founder of the Unification Church, more commonly known as “The Moonies.” Moon, a South Korean, was also a multi-millionaire businessman.
In 1936, Moon claimed to have met Jesus Christ on a hillside in Korea. The story goes Jesus informed Moon that as He had been unable to complete His mission and that He had chosen Moon to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. With Jesus Christ as a guardian, Moon established the Tong-il Kyo – the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity.
The group taught a hybrid of religions, including Christianity, Shamanism, Confucianism and anti-communism. Based in Seoul, Moon’s cult quickly spread to the West. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, The Moonies cult had more than four million members from 120 different countries.
In his personal manifesto – released in 1957 – Moon said that had Jesus lived, he would have had the perfect “pure” family. Moon then set about the task of unifying all religions under his rule and liberating them from sins.
In 1988, Reverend Moon made it into the Guinness Book of Records by residing the largest wedding to date. Moon united 6,516 couples at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul. The religious leader then bestowed upon the couples the task of restoring moral virtue to a “godless world” and to fight communism.
In a country known for its traditions and beliefs in spirits or ghosts, the Japanese are known for their reverence of ancestors and the need to pacify restless spirits. Some believe the rash of ghost stories and tales of spirit possession are directly related to the tragic events of the March 11, 2011 tsunami that followed the earthquake that struck Natori, Miyagi prefecture.
The calamity and horror that ravaged the Japanese coastline officially claimed 20,000 lives. Some of the victims were swept out to sea along with their houses. The sheer terror of the powerful waves that struck the northern coastline is what nightmares are made of. It’s not surprising that many people along these areas believe that their dead relatives are not at peace.
Over 3,000 people remain missing. Another 500 bodies remain unidentified, although now cremated and in storage until a family member comes to claim the remains. Even when some bodies are identified, there’s no one left in their family to claim their remains.
One blogger explains:
“Buddhists believe that these souls are trapped, still bound to the physical world and unable to begin the journey to Paradise. They remain in this state until their bodies are discovered, their bones are cremated, and the ashes laid to rest in an urn in the family grave, which is the gateway into the spirit world.”
The reports from those who believe there are ghosts are of angry spirits, woeful spirits and some spirits in search of relatives also lost in the waves that engulfed entire towns and villages.
Fraud, extortion, money laundering and a rash of mysterious deaths are the usual earmarks of any successful crime family. However, these are also the very public characteristics of JP Morgan Chase Bank, which many Americans consider to be one of the most successful crime families in the world.
Though it is not your “traditional” mafia family, a quick Google search of the phrase “JP Morgan Chase criminal activities” will return a list of criminal activities that would rival the infamous Five Families of New York.
Most recently, the third in a string of mysterious deaths involving JP Morgan Chase bankers has occurred.
Have decades of unethical practices weighed so heavily on its employees that JP Morgan Chase bankers are taking their own lives? Or is it that the job (whether it is located at JP Morgan Chase or not) is so stressful that those in the field tend to break more often? Or, is there some other underlying reason that there have been so many deaths surrounding the global financial institution and a possible coverup?
When George Orwell wrote his classic novel “1984” in 1948, he was convinced that we would be living in a Big Brother society by 1984. However, he was more than a decade off the mark. It wasn’t until the emergence of Google that we started to see the beginnings of a system which wants to place its tentacles into every aspect of our lives.
I should start off by admitting that I am a Google user. I have a Gmail email address, I use Google Maps to find my way about, I use Chrome to browse the Internet, and the search engine to make queries. I have often thought about making a complete break from Google and taking my information elsewhere. But what stops me? Quite simply, it feels too difficult. It isn’t convenient to start moving stuff around.
And that is the way Google has designed it. They have given us services for free which are cool, useful and make us productive. We think nothing of signing up, so we can be one of the cool kids. But, eventually, we are so plugged into the Google collective that breaking away is like trying to run away from a cult. You may get away for a few days, but eventually you end up going back to them because the pull is just too much for you to bear. When you start using Google again, you may tell the screen “sorry I left you Google, I don’t know what came over me, it won’t happen again”.
In what is a coup for open-source advocates, many foreign governments are ditching Microsoft and embracing open-source software. No doubt they are all collectively crapping their pants at the thought of Microsoft and the NSA in bed together sharing information. But, if you want to put your cynical hat on for a minute, let’s perhaps reveal the real reason for getting all open-sourcey.
Banning a video game on the grounds of “national security” proves China’s immaturity and inability to deal with the developed world on equal footing. This cultural neurosis taints decision making into a hodge-podge of ill-conceived head scratcher decisions that no sane country would make. After all, who else but Beijing claims that pollution is a good thing: brings the country together and is actually a deterrent against foreign attack?
Of course my preconceptions about the communist party may taint how I view their actions, so I asked my Chinese friends their opinion of the ban. Their reply was that Beijing fears the kind of hysteria that such a game could bring to the people here. They claimed that China has a history of fanaticism exemplified by the antics of the cultural revolution, a thing Beijing fears most.