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May 25, 2015 by Phil Osborn
A used paperback book from 1970  - http://www.amazon.com/Explorations-hypnosis-Dave-Elman/dp/0840211430 - selling for $160 should convey something.  I bought my copy way back when from either Ayn Rand's organization or from the related organization of her former lover, the recently deceased Nathaniel Branden, whose unique contribution to moral theory is reflected in my other blog here entitled "On Morals." 

Busy - Sorry... Back soon - at http://www.kurzweilai.net/...
May 3, 2015 by Phil Osborn
Not for enjoyable reading:

About a year ago, I was approached one of my supervisors at work with a proposal.  I had had full-coverage insurance from ABC (Anthem/Blue Cross) and was signed up with what used to be Talbert Medical and now was reborn as Health Care Partners.  Everything was paid through deductions from my pay check plus an employer contribution.  There were co-pays, but never anything outrageous.

But, I was getting to SS retirement age and I kept getting notic...
March 29, 2015 by Phil Osborn
I'm suddenly deluged with a flood of posts on my FaceBook page regarding anarcho-capitalism, a term that I still apply to myself - privately.  Publically, I am more likely to use anarcho-commonist.  My own redefinition has come about from two logically entwined realizations.

First, that Auguste Comte is fundamentally correct in one major sense:
That we each individually must own up to the fact that everything we own, every thing of value to us, is largely the product of ot...
March 8, 2015 by Phil Osborn
As to the amazing bright spots.

I cast my vote for bleach. As in sun-bleach. If you have a sublimation going on continuously for eons, then the stuff that get's kicked off is anything that can absorb a photon vs reflecting it.

Hence the high albedo for the moon. The dark molecules absorbed energy until they got hit with enough to kick them into a slightly different position. This is a natural selection process that inevitably results in bright spots where the sun shines, while no doubt...
March 7, 2015 by Phil Osborn
http://www.wenningadvice.com/?tag=federal-reserve-board

Back around 2008, I posited that the U.S. was going exactly backwards, bailing out the crooks while ignoring the victims, the millions of people who lost their retirement or their homes.  Surprise, surprise, the crooks are now doing fine, while the victims are often still struggling to recover and, in many cases, failing. All reflected in the recent focus on financial inequality, of course.

I suggested back then that a real probl...
January 31, 2015 by Phil Osborn
(03/28/15) I bring up below the issue of scientific religiosity and give some examples related to critically important research that is being blocked or ignored by a religious scientific orthodoxy right out of Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions," sadly including Michael Shermer - the Skeptic, whose inept and misleading "Scientific American" piece on "scientific morals" does him little credit - altho it did trigger this blog entry.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Str...
January 18, 2015 by Phil Osborn
There was a time when libertarianism seemed to make sense.  It explained so much, so clearly.  It was, briefly, the darling of the media and major politicians such as Reagan paid lip service and appointed officials based on their libertarian creds, long before the radical right of the Tea Party demonstrated how to leverage commitment into influence.  Reportedly, major corporate funding financed grants and college endowments aimed at proving and proclaiming the wonders&nb...
January 17, 2015 by Phil Osborn
A recent study out of Yale indicates that cold air really does cause colds. 

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30685732


Turns out that about 1 in 6 people carries the common cold virus even without an active, symptomatic cold.  But when the air temperature drops, it causes a drastic drop off in immune response in the nasal passages, so the person with the low-level constant infection suddenly starts broadcasting bigtime as the virus multiplies without an effective immune res...
January 5, 2015 by Phil Osborn
http://www.genescient.com/research/genes-to-network/

Just this morning, I thought about the recent finding that allegedly demonstrates statistically that about 2/3 cancers are random occurences, typically  involving a mistaken stem cell differentiation.  Thus, perhaps only 1/3 of cancers, overall, are preventable via diet or environmental or lifestyle.  Genescient may have some answers to this, or the potential to develop them, as their general theory sounds very robust.

My ...
December 7, 2014 by Phil Osborn
BIG NEWS!!!

http://www.kurzweilai.net/feeling-virtual-objects-in-mid-air-using-ultrasound

Update: December 10, 2014

Still calm on the ebola front, if only because the action is taking place off camera, as in the reported hidden epidemic in Sierra Leone.  

Meanwhile, yesterday at work, it suddenly  occurred to me that there was indeed clear evidence that perhaps the radical feminists are more on target than I have been wont to credit.  Probably subliminally reflec...
October 19, 2014 by Phil Osborn
This is a work in progress. (At least I hope so...)

Notes from a thread on fb:  https://www.facebook.com/DonnaLHaney

"As to autism, I suspect a complex brew of factors. There are definite changes or deficits in major neural pathways that explain or correlate to various types of autism. Some people are simply blind to the emotional states of others. Some people are blind to their own emotional states. Some people are very good at reading the emotional state of others, but absolutely do...
September 21, 2014 by Phil Osborn
Q:  Is the U.S. medical system capable of dealing with ebola?  You be the judge:

About a month ago, when I asked a local upper level librarian about what he knew regarding ebola, and whether anyone at the library might be interested in doing a presentation that could cover emergencies such as Earthquake or Ebola, going over standard heath measures and preparations - water storage, emergency services, etc., his response was that anyone in the U.S. who was afraid of ebola wa...
August 24, 2014 by Phil Osborn
Great idea, guys!   Looks like a natural for group shares, treasure hunts, as well as experimental governmental style services, such as ride-alongs for cops.   The infobot could give the officer an extra set of eyes and ears, freeing him or her up to apprehend or investigate, interviewing witnesses, etc. 

It would be ironic indeed, however, to see info-bots randomly distributed around the country, while cities no longer offer what used to be considered essential publi...
August 20, 2014 by Phil Osborn
Ebola Now

How to deal with the aftermath

Published on August 20, 2014 By Phil Osborn In Current Events  on www.joeuser.com

February 28th, 2016

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hawaii-dengue-idUSKCN0VI0G2

In the wake of the near panic over Zika, a few voices have noted  that dengue and several other deadly viruses are carried by the same group of people-loving mosquitos, species that have hitched rides to new locales, such as the southern U.S. and now Hawaii.&n...
August 16, 2014 by Phil Osborn
First, let's test the system.  OK...   Edit worked...

What this is about:

What we don't see on the web. 

Who we don't hear on the web or in general.

Censorship directly and by marginalization.

The price of the truth and the profitability of deceptions.

Who is responsible.

Note: the room for storage in the cloud and elsewhere on planet Earth is currently estimated to be about half as big as the data submitted.  That means that 50% of all t...