Friday, December 21, 2012

We'll Never Know What Hit Us


Will we again be hit by the sort of asteroid that ended the dinosaurs? Probably, but we'll never see it coming; in fact, we already missed it if we can assume that maybe we've been threatened by menacing space junk in the past and our modern technologies might have already prevented us from a painful case of mass extinction.

Why? Well, first of all, do you think it would be a great idea for our association of paternalistic world governments to share this sort of information with their respective populaces, us? Do you think we'd all come together and unite as the Human Race or do you think that each Nation State would, instead, lose completely the tenuous control they have of us, their people, us.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-abraham/well-never-know-what-hit-_b_2342277.html


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End of the World Averted...Yet Again




BY: ALLISON MCCARTNEY Guatemalan shaman Christian Nottbohn holds a Mayan ceremony in Copan Archeological Park in Honduras. The apocalypse predicted for Dec. 12, 2012 is largely an American creation, not a Mayan one. Photo by Orlando Sierra/ AFP/ Getty Images. As everyone knows by now, the apocalypse has been averted. As detailed in movies, television shows and numerous advertisements, the end of the world predicted in ancient Mayan lore strikes on Dec. 21, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar, bringing with it floods, earthquakes, the reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles and the beginning of a new spiritual age.

 This unlikely doomsday story has become a prominent thread in the national conversation. And if it resembles everything that Americans expect in a Hollywood blockbuster, that's probably because it's mostly an American creation, not a Mayan one. Professor Mark Van Stone of Southwestern College, who studies Mayan hieroglyphs and calligraphy, says that early scholarly work on the Maya is partly to blame. "The scientists speculated that the Maya had this cycle and when the calendar went to 13.0.0.0.0, the gods started the clock running again," he said in a phone interview from Mexico Thursday. The Mayan Long Count calendar is separated into 360 day years called "Tuns," 20 year periods called "Katuns," and 400 year periods called "Baktuns." The end of the 13th Baktun, or 13.0.0.0.0, falls on Dec. 21, 2012. In the mid-1970s scholars who had previously speculated on the Mayan cycle found references to dates far beyond 13.0.0.0.0. "This escaped the general understanding," said Van Stone in the interview,

 "The scholars said, 'Oh, we were wrong,' but the memo didn't get out to the general public." Professor John Hoopes of the University of Kansas, who has studied the development of the 2012 phenomenon, says that the origins of the doomsday myth lay in speculative academia that was then co-opted and embellished by others. "Specific assertions about 2012 derive from statements made by reputable scholars -- the experts of their time -- that were misinterpreted in unanticipated ways," he wrote in an article last year for the International Astronomy Union. Early scholars of the Maya in the U.S. and Europe derived their ideas of a Mayan prediction of the apocalypse primarily from documents dated to the 16th century, which led them astray. "We don't see doomsday myths before the arrival of the Spanish, and that's an important distinction because there are end-of-the-world predictions that come after Roman Catholic missionaries," said Dr. Hoopes in a phone interview. "It was a Christian end-of-the-world eschatology." However, all of this work might have remained on the dusty bookshelf of an academic library if not for the work of writers, poets and New Age spiritualists in the 1950s and 60s. A book called "The Ancient Maya" published by archaeologist Sylvanus Morley in 1946 brought Mayan mythology to the masses, and inspired members of the Beat movement like William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg to travel to the sites of ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations for further study. Kevin Whitesides, who studies the emergence of 2012 mythology, says that there have been about 3,000 books written since 1966 that discuss 2012. "There's quite a huge variety," he said over the phone. "You'll find perspectives from all the major religions. There's Buddhist books about 2012, there's Muslim, Christian and Hindu books on 2012.

"Then there's also all the new age books, those who are looking for the dawn of a new age, doomsday stories." However, he says, most of these books have been self-published by their authors. Along with them have come books about less well-known aspects of the Mayan apocalypse. "There are books on how to make money off of 2012, 2012 cookbooks, that sort of thing," he said. The hold that 2012 has on the American imagination is so strong that astronomers and scientists have been asked to weigh in on the matter. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson vented his frustration at having to explain why the Earth isn't going to end from a scientific perspective while appearing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon recently.

"There's no greater sign of the failure of the American educational system than the extent to which Americans are distracted by the possibility that the Earth might end on Dec. 21, 2012," he said. The idea of setting a date for the end of the world is nothing new; American writers and religious leaders have predicted the end of time for centuries. Radio preacher Harold Camping signaled the alarm to his devoted followers on the coming of the "rapture" to no avail. A recent Reuters poll found that one in seven people around the world think that the world will come to an end during their lifetimes, and that 10 percent believe it could happen in 2012 as predicted by the Mayan calendar. If this is their fear, they should sit comfortable in knowing that the Mayan calendar accounts for many, many years to come.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Led Zeppelin reunion show

The Led Zeppelin reunion show at the O2 Arena, and there were some surprises: alongside the hoary classics ("Stairway to Heaven," "Kashmir") there was a strong selection of deeper cuts ("Trampled Under Foot,"

"Nobody's Fault But Mine") and one live debut (Presence's "For Your Life"). Tomorrow, we'll have David Fricke's complete report from the Ahmet Ertegun Benefit, but until then, here's the full set list:

"Good Times, Bad Times"
"Ramble On"
"Black Dog"
"In My Time of Dying"
"For Your Life"
"Trampled Under Foot"
"Nobody's Fault But Mine"
"No Quarter"
"Since I've Been Lovin' You"
"Dazed and Confused"
"Stairway To Heaven"
"The Song Remains the Same"
"Misty Mountain Hop"
"Kashmir"
Encore:
"Whole Lotta Love"
"Rock and Roll"


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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Rolling Stones Set List


These will be the Stones' third and fourth area appearances this month. They played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Dec. 8, and took the stage briefly at the 12-12-12 benefit at Madison Square Garden, contributing sharp versions of "You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
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EnlargeMick Jagger, lead singer for the rock group the "Rolling Stones" performs with his band in the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 19, 1982, before some 112,177 spectators. (TOMMY WIBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

John Mayer joined the Stones at Thursday's show in Newark, playing guitar on "Respectable." But it was Taylor who stole the show with his dynamic guitar playing on "Midnight Rambler."
These will be the last of the only five full-length concerts the Stones are presenting this year, though band members have said in interviews that they may continue touring next year as well.





SETLIST
"Get Off of My Cloud"
"The Last Time"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Paint It Black"
"Gimme Shelter" (with Lady Gaga)
"Wild Horses"
"Going Down" (with Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer)
"Dead Flowers"
"Who Do You Love" (with the Black Keys)
"Doom and Gloom"
"One More Shot"
"Miss You"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Before They Make Me Run"
"Happy"
"Midnight Rambler" (with Mick Taylor)
"Start Me Up"
"Tumbling Dice" (with Bruce Springsteen)
"Brown Sugar"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
Encores:
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
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"The short circuit, which celebrates the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary, has been loaded with guests: veteran guitar-slingers Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, young blues rockers Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, the Black Keys, former Stone Mick Taylor and, in London, departed bassist Bill Wyman."


“Our next guest just had to walk here,” joked Mick Jagger.
And from the rear of the stage at Prudential Center, bearing a Telecaster and a smile, came Bruce Springsteen.

It was the ideal combination of blue-collar Jersey muscle and delectable London sleaze: The Boss and Jagger, voices joined together on “Tumbling Dice.”

Springsteen had come to send off the Rolling Stones, who declared the 2½-hour Saturday night concert the last stop on their 50 and Counting Tour. The Boss, who has never been shy about citing the Stones as a major influence, looked delighted as he roared out the verses of “Dice,” pumping his fist and grinning wildly as he sang along.

In that regard, he was not so different from the thousands of thrilled attendees who sold out the Rock last night. He just had a microphone and a spotlight.


Earlier, the Mother Monster stood shoulder to shoulder with the quintessential rock ’n’ roll animals.

She was right at home. Yet Lady Gaga, the platinum-selling pop star with a knack for the outrageous, met her match at the Prudential Center.

Monday, December 10, 2012

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Sample 1
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Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 5:23 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: INTERAC e-Transfer from Canada Revenue Agency System
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(previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer).
Amount: $120.00 (CAD)
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Expiry Date: 25 June 2012
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Your company is being accused of trying to commit tax evasion schemes.
The full text of the complaint file ( PDF format ) can be downloaded from the CRA website, by visiting the following link :
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Please review the charges brought forward in the complaint file, and contact us as soon as possible by :
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From: ben.kainth@cra-arc.gc.ca [mailto:ben.kainth@cra-arc.gc.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:11 PM
Subject: FW: CRA complaint
Importance: High
Dear business affiliate,
A complaint has been filled against you by Mrs. Ana Evans, claiming that you and your company are involved in tax evasion schemes.
The original complaint has been attached to this message, in Microsoft Word format.
Before starting an investigation , we are required to check the balance reports of your company and compare them with the data you filled in the tax forms.
Please forward the required reports to : ben.kainth@cra-arc.gc.ca
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From: Canada Revenue Agency [taxevasionfraud@cra-arc.gc.ca]
Sent: May 25, 2011 2:20 PM
Subject: FW: Tax Evasion
Importance: High
Canada Revenue Agency
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A federal complaint has been filled against you and the company you are affiliated with, by using our Informant Leads Program .
The complaint contains evidence that you are directly involved in tax evasion schemes.
The mandate of the Informant Leads Program is to co-ordinate all leads that the CRA receives from informants, to determine if there is an element of non-compliance with tax legislation, and to ensure that appropriate enforcement action is taken.
Before a criminal investigation is started, you will be required to give us an official statement.
In order to do so, please visit us at the nearest CRA Informant Leads Centre in your region.
For a complete list of the our offices and for more information regarding this matter, please visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/nvstgtns/lds-eng.html
The complaint can be downloaded, in Microsoft Word format, from:
(web link)
Thank you,
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Sample 5

De : Canada Revenue Agency [mailto:taxfraud@cra-arc.gc.ca]
Envoyé : mercredi 11 mai 2011 11:20
À : undisclosed-recipients:
Objet : Possible tax evasion fraud!
Dear tax payer,
While checking your company's tax reports , several discrepancies were found by comparing the real and the declared profit.
An investigation has been started to determine if this is a mistake or a tax evasion attempt.
A new tax form , revised , with additional fields has been attached to this message.
The revised tax form can also be downloaded from the CRA mirror : (web link)
Please complete the revised tax form , with accurate information and forward the completed form to :taxevasionfraud@cra-arc.gc.ca
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Sample 6

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Dear Customer,
This is an automated email that confirms the registration of your complaint case number: #68DA49 filed by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on November 08/2010 concerning Online Identity Theft.
While Canada Revenue Agency does not resolve individual consumer problems, your complaint helps us investigate fraud, and can lead to law enforcement action.
Complete the individual tax return form on the link below: (web link)
We use secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to protect the transmission of the information you submit to us when you use our secure online forms. The information you provided to us is stored securely.
The form you used to register this complaint is designed to improve public access to the Canada Revenue Agency of Consumer Protection Consumer Response Center, and is voluntary. Through this form, consumers may electronically register a complaint with the Canada Revenue Agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, as amended, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of
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Sample 7

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Sample 8

From: Canada Revenue Agency [mailto:taxfraudcaseID29395@cra-arc.gc.ca]
Sent: November 9, 2007 11:07 AM
To: John Smith
Subject: Tax Avoidance Scheme Complaint , John Smith (Case id: #65FA72!)
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You can download a copy of your complaint from (web link). Please print and keep this copy for your personal records.
We use secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to protect the transmission of the information you submit to us when you use our secure online forms. The information you provided to us is stored securely.
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Friday, December 7, 2012

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Cross Posted : 2012 Presidential Election Cost Hits $2 Billion Mark


WASHINGTON — The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports released Thursday. The reports detailed a last-minute cascade of money from mega-donors and an onslaught of spending by the Obama and Romney campaigns and "super" political action committees.
The final campaign finance tallies filed with the Federal Election Commission included nearly $86 million in fundraising for the losing presidential candidate, Republican Mitt Romney, in the election's last weeks. That final burst brought the Romney campaign's total for the election to above $1 billion. Final fundraising and spending totals for President Barack Obama's victorious drive also topped $1 billion.
Surpassing the $2 billion mark was long expected after an election season dominated by the supercharged competitive pressures that both campaigns faced in mounting massive fundraising blitzes to stoke expensive media ad battles and ground wars. The Obama and Romney campaigns each mobilized competing squads of ultra-wealthy fundraisers, sought aid from free-spending allied super PACs and deployed multimillion-dollar media broadsides and armies of organizers.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

McAfee captured


Mr McAfee, the man behind the popular anti-virus computer software, has been in hiding since November after his neighbour¸ the American businessman Gregory Viant Faull, was shot dead.
Mr McAfee, founder of the anti-virus software company that bears his last name, denies any involvement in Mr Faull’s murder which happened on Ambergris Caye, an island where they both live off the coast of Belize. Police say they want to speak to him about the killing, but claim they do not consider him a suspect.
However Mr McAfee has repeatedly said that he believes the police and government in Belize are corrupt and that he will be “summarily executed” if he is ever caught. He has previously dismissed the possibility of ever handing himself in.
During his time on the run a blog written by the 67-year-old, has documented his travails which include disguising himself as a tramp to avoid detection.
On Saturday the blog was updated. A message, which unlike other posts appears to have been written by a third party, read: “We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and
Mexico.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/belize/9717170/John-McAfee-captured-on-Belize-Mexico-border.html

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