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|SMART METERS: Disrupt human nervous system|
|Nerve Disrupting Frequencies Radiating from "Smart" Meters|
By Warren Woodward - Sedona, Arizona ~ October 8, 2016
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NTSejgsjTc
Everyone knows that wireless "smart" meters communicate via microwaves. What was unknown until now is that additional frequencies are transmitted in the 2 to 50 kilohertz range. Numerous studies have shown repeatedly that those very same frequencies disrupt the human nervous system. Indeed, "nerve block" is the phrase used in the studies to describe what occurs. The studies are not controversial. In others words, there are no studies that show otherwise. Nerve block induced by frequencies in the 2 to 50 kilohertz range is an established fact. The studies that show this nerve block are all from reputable sources including the epitome of "establishment" science when it comes to electricity, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
So the demonstration you will see in the video is groundbreaking, or more accurately, "smart" meter breaking.
Unless they cease, desist, and bring down the wireless "smart" grid at once, "smart" meter manufacturers and the utilities that use them are going to be facing massive liability and personal injury lawsuits because, unlike the microwave radiation that anti-"smart" meter advocates have been calling attention to for years, there is no scientific dispute regarding the biological effects of 2 to 50 kilohertz frequencies. Additionally, state utility regulators and public health departments will need to actually do their jobs which always used to include protecting the public and promoting public health and safety.
Lastly, the U.S. Department of Energy will have to bring an immediate halt to the promotion and subsidization of the wireless "smart" grid.
Every day of delay will bring greater liability for the aforementioned corporations and agencies and the individuals involved. It's one thing to act in ignorance, quite another not to act once knowledge is received.
To everyone reading, send this video to your utilities, your state utility regulators, your state health departments, and to hungry lawyers everywhere. Everyone knows that wireless "smart" meters communicate via microwaves. What was unknown until now is that additional frequencies are transmitted in the 2 to 50 kilohertz range. Numerous studies have shown repeatedly that those very same frequencies disrupt the human nervous system. Indeed, "nerve block" is the phrase used in the studies to describe what occurs.
The studies are not controversial. In others words, there are no studies that show otherwise. Nerve block induced by frequencies in the 2 to 50 kilohertz range is an established fact. The studies that show this nerve block are all from reputable sources including the epitome of "establishment" science when it comes to electricity, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
So the demonstration you will see in the video is groundbreaking, or more accurately, "smart" meter breaking.
Unless they cease, desist, and bring down the wireless "smart" grid at once, "smart" meter manufacturers and the utilities that use them are going to be facing massive liability and personal injury lawsuits because, unlike the microwave radiation that anti-"smart" meter advocates have been calling attention to for years, there is no scientific dispute regarding the biological effects of 2 to 50 kilohertz frequencies.
Additionally, state utility regulators and public health departments will need to actually do their jobs which always used to include protecting the public and promoting public health and safety.
Lastly, the U.S. Department of Energy will have to bring an immediate halt to the promotion and subsidization of the wireless "smart" grid.
Every day of delay will bring greater liability for the aforementioned corporations and agencies and the individuals involved. It's one thing to act in ignorance, quite another not to act once knowledge is received.
To everyone reading, send this video to your utilities, your state utility regulators, your state health departments, and to hungry lawyers everywhere.
Nerve Disrupting Frequencies Radiating from "Smart" Meters needs to be shared. Send the video to your utilities, your state utility regulators, your state health departments, and to hungry lawyers everywhere.
Links to studies:
A Brain-Recording Device that Melts into Place
For release: Monday, April 19, 2010
Scientists have developed a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain’s surface. The technology could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord.
“These implants have the potential to maximize the contact between electrodes and brain tissue, while minimizing damage to the brain. They could provide a platform for a range of devices with applications in epilepsy, spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders,” said Walter Koroshetz, M.D., deputy director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.
The study, published in Nature Materials*, shows that the ultrathin flexible implants, made partly from silk, can record brain activity more faithfully than thicker implants embedded with similar electronics.
The simplest devices for recording from the brain are needle-like electrodes that can penetrate deep into brain tissue. More state-of-the-art devices, called micro-electrode arrays, consist of dozens of semi-flexible wire electrodes, usually fixed to rigid silicon grids that do not conform to the brain’s shape.
In people with epilepsy, the arrays could be used to detect when seizures first begin, and deliver pulses to shut the seizures down. In people with spinal cord injuries, the technology has promise for reading complex signals in the brain that direct movement, and routing those signals to healthy muscles or prosthetic devices.
“The focus of our study was to make ultrathin arrays that conform to the complex shape of the brain, and limit the amount of tissue damage and inflammation,” said Brian Litt, M.D., an author on the study and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. The silk-based implants developed by Dr. Litt and his colleagues can hug the brain like shrink wrap, collapsing into its grooves and stretching over its rounded surfaces.
The implants contain metal electrodes that are 500 microns thick, or about five times the thickness of a human hair. The absence of sharp electrodes and rigid surfaces should improve safety, with less damage to brain tissue. Also, the implants’ ability to mold to the brain’s surface could provide better stability; the brain sometimes shifts in the skull and the implant could move with it. Finally, by spreading across the brain, the implants have the potential to capture the activity of large networks of brain cells, Dr. Litt said.
Besides its flexibility, silk was chosen as the base material because it is durable enough to undergo patterning of thin metal traces for electrodes and other electronics. It can also be engineered to avoid inflammatory reactions, and to dissolve at controlled time points, from almost immediately after implantation to years later. The electrode arrays can be printed onto layers of polyimide (a type of plastic) and silk, which can then be positioned on the brain.
To make and test the silk-based implants, Dr. Litt collaborated with scientists at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and at Tufts University outside Boston. John Rogers, Ph.D., a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois, invented the flexible electronics. David Kaplan, Ph.D., and Fiorenzo Omenetto, Ph.D., professors of biomedical engineering at Tufts, engineered the tissue-compatible silk. Dr. Litt used the electronics and silk technology to design the implants, which were fabricated at the University of Illinois.
Recently, the team described a flexible silicon device for recording from the heart and detecting an abnormal heartbeat.
In the current study, the researchers approached the design of a brain implant by first optimizing the mechanics of silk films and their ability to hug the brain. They tested electrode arrays of varying thickness on complex objects, brain models and ultimately in the brains of living, anesthetized animals.
The arrays consisted of 30 electrodes in a 5x6 pattern on an ultrathin layer of polyimide – with or without a silk base. These experiments led to the development of an array with a mesh base of polyimide and silk that dissolves once it makes contact with the brain – so that the array ends up tightly hugging the brain.
Next, they tested the ability of these implants to record the animals’ brain activity. By recording signals from the brain’s visual center in response to visual stimulation, they found that the ultrathin polyimide-silk arrays captured more robust signals compared to thicker implants.
In the future, the researchers hope to design implants that are more densely packed with electrodes to achieve higher resolution recordings.
“It may also be possible to compress the silk-based implants and deliver them to the brain, through a catheter, in forms that are instrumented with a range of high performance, active electronic components,” Dr. Rogers said.
The study received support from NINDS, NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the U.S. Department of Energy’s Division of Materials Sciences, the U.S. Army, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Klingenstein Foundation.
NINDS (www.ninds.nih.gov) is the nation’s leading funder of research on the brain and nervous system. The NINDS mission is to reduce the burden of neurological disease – a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.
NIBIB (www.nibib.nih.gov), a component of NIH, is dedicated to improving health by bridging the physical and biological sciences to develop and apply new biomedical technologies.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.
Kim, D-H et al. "Dissolvable Films of Silk Fibroin for Ultrathin Conformal Bio-Integrated Electronics." Nature Materials, published online April 18, 2010.
Photoreactive compound allows protein synthesis control with light
|(Nanowerk News) Okayama University researchers control the timing and location of protein synthesis using a photoresponsive compound that is an inactive key molecule until it is activated by brief irradiation.
|The production of proteins at distinct times and locations regulates cell functions, such as cell development and differentiation into specific cell types. The ability to exert spatiotemporal control over protein synthesis would help investigate these processes. Now Takashi Ohtsuki and colleagues in the Department of Medical Bioengineering at Okayama University, Japan, have shown that they can prevent protein synthesis reactions from taking place using a photoresponsive molecular cage (see Figure). Brief exposure to light releases key protein synthesis molecules from the cage without damaging them, so that protein synthesis takes place at the time and location of irradiation.
|Photoinduced DsRed synthesis in a mammalian cell. DsRed was synthesized only within the irradiated cell.
|Source: Okayama University
In their study (Nature Communications, "Phototriggered protein syntheses by using (7-diethylaminocoumarin-4-yl) methoxycarbonyl-caged aminoacyl tRNAs"), the researchers used an aminoacyl-transfer RNA (aa-tRNA), a molecule that helps decode messenger RNA so that protein synthesis can occur. Previous work had successfully inhibited protein synthesis by protecting aa-tRNA with a molecular cage of nitroveratryloxycarbonyl group. However the 30 minutes of light exposure required to release the aa-tRNA from the cage caused damage that then inhibited the protein’s function.
Instead Ohtsuki’s team used (7-diethylaminocoumarin-4-yl)methoxycarbonyl (DEACM) group. While the caged aa-tRNA was stable for at least 4 hours, irradiating for just 20 seconds released the aa-tRNA. The researchers demonstrated light-controlled activity of the caged aa-tRNA in vitro, in a gel, in liposomes and in mammalian cells.
“This method of spatiotemporally photocontrolling translation offers a promising approach for investigating the relationship between local translation and biological functions,” conclude the researchers in their report of the work. As well as a tool for protein synthesis investigations the team suggest it could also be used to insert artificial amino acids into proteins in a controlled manner for further studies.
What are proteins?
Proteins are biomolecules comprising specific sequences of amino acids. They are responsible for a number of functions including metabolic reaction catalysis, DNA replication, responses to stimuli and molecular transport. Constant protein generation is required to balance the loss of proteins through degradation and secretion from cells.
The synthesis of proteins in specific locations is important in for instance the development of the fly drosophila, where localisation of oskar mRNA in the egg determines the anterior-posterior axis. Neuron function also relies on the synthesis of proteins in specific locations.
How are proteins synthesised?
The usual mode for protein synthesis uses transfer RNA (tRNA), messenger RNA (mRNA) and ribosomes to assemble the amino acid chains in the right order. The role of the tRNA is to link the amino acids to the mRNA to help decode it. The ribosome matches the aminoacyl-tRNA (tRNA carrying an amino acid) with the mRNA so that the protein encoded on the mRNA is synthesized.
How does the light-activated DEACM cage work?
The DEACM group protects the aa-tRNA so that it cannot interact with the molecules necessary for protein synthesis. On exposure to light, the DEACM-aa-tRNA degrades into separate components releasing the aa-tRNA.
The researchers demonstrated the light-responsive aa-tRNA release by irradiating a gel containing green fluorescent protein mRNA and the complex through a mask in the shape of a smiley face. No fluorescence was observed until the gel was irradiated with 405nm (blue) light, soon after which fluorescence was observed simulating the shape of the mask.
As well as showing light responsive protein synthesis in vitro, gels and liposomes, the researchers also inserted the caged aa-tRNAin Chinese hamster ovary cells. Following 5 hours of incubation, the researchers observed fluorescence of photo-dependently synthesized DsRed protein in the irradiated c
Researchers fabricate microfibers for single-cell studies, tissue engineering
(Nanowerk News) Iowa State University researchers have created a new way to design and fabricate microfibers that support cell growth and could be useful tools for reconnecting nerves and regenerating other damaged tissues.
|"Neural stem cells on our polymer fibers could survive, differentiate and grow," said Nastaran Hashemi, an Iowa State assistant professor of mechanical engineering and leader of an Iowa State team producing microfibers with the help of microfluidics, the study of fluids moving through channels just a millionth of a meter wide.
|"These new fibrous platforms could also be used for cell alignment which is important in applications such as guiding nerve cell growth, engineered neurobiological systems and regenerating blood vessels, tendons and muscle tissue," Hashemi said.
|Neural stem cells have survived on the microfibers fabricated by Nastaran Hashemi and a team of Iowa State researchers. (Illustration by Ashley Christopherson)
|The research team's findings were recently published in Biomacromolecules ("Polycaprolactone Microfibrous Scaffolds to Navigate Neural Stem Cells"), a journal of the American Chemical Society. In addition to Hashemi, co-authors are Donald Sakaguchi, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology; Reza Montazami, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering; first author Farrokh Sharifi, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering; Bhavika Patel, a doctoral student in genetics, development and cell biology; and Adam Dziulko, a graduate who earned a 2015 bachelor's degree in genetics.
|The project has been supported by a two-year, $202,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research. The early stage of the project was supported by the Iowa State Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
|Hashemi said the Office of Naval Research is supporting the project because it wants to learn more about traumatic brain injury.
|"We are interested in understanding how shock waves created by blows to the head can create microbubbles that collapse near the nerve cells, or neurons in the brain, and damage them," Hashemi said.
|The Iowa State researchers are working to build a microfiber scaffold to support the cells and allow them to survive for the Navy's studies of brain injuries. One day, the scaffold technology could help repair nerves or tissues damaged by injuries or disease.
|"Our approach to fiber fabrication is unique," Hashemi said. "There is no high voltage, high pressure or high temperatures. And so one day I think we can encapsulate cells within our fibers without damaging them."
|The Iowa State researchers have developed an approach that uses microfluidic fabrication methods to pump polycaprolactone (PCL) through tiny channels to produce microfibers. The fibers are 2.6 to 36.5 millionths of a meter in diameter. Their shapes can be controlled. So can their surface patterns. They're also flexible, biocompatible and biodegradable.
|"The novelty here is the fabrication method," Hashemi said. "We employ hydrodynamic forces to influence the orientation of molecules for the fabrication of these fiber structures that have different properties along different directions."
|The Iowa State researchers demonstrated that neural stem cells were able to attach and align on the microfiber scaffold.
|"In this study, cell death was minimal, and cell proliferation was affected by changing the features of the fibrous scaffold," the researchers reported in their paper.
|That finding has the researchers thinking their technology could be a tool that helps tissue engineers find ways to regenerate nerve cells and other tissues:
|"By mimicking the microenvironment of the nervous system, regeneration can be enhanced due to biological and chemical cues in the environment," the researchers wrote in their paper. "In addition, the PCL fibers can be applied in regeneration of other tissues such as muscle, tendons and blood vessels."
|Source: Iowa State University
Nathaniel Mauka, Staff Writer|
Imagine a cow being branded on a farm. Now imagine your family dog being micro-chipped so he can be returned to his owners if lost. The next logical step from these commonly accepted practices include the tagging and observation of you. The only question is who is doing the tagging?
There are numerous individuals who have been subjected to scientific experimentation in order to remove what are said to be alien implants from their bodies. Mainstream science has largely ignored these claims, as many of them have been debunked, but the precedence for implanting foreign objects into the human body for purposes of manipulation and control is well established.
Stanford University scientists have already figured out how to beam power wirelessly to tiny, rice-sized implants placed inside the human brain. These micro-implants were created under the auspices of acting as sensors to the brain, heart, liver, gut and other mechanisms in the body in order to report results back to a doctor, but there are obviously other implications for such technologies.
Unlike a pacemaker that sits just under the skin, and can often cause irritation, alien micro-implants that were surgically removed by doctors were found to be enveloped in a skin-like membrane that helps to keep the device in place without the body’s rejection of it.
Alien implants are thought to be a way for other civilizations to tag and locate human subjects for research. X-rays, CAT scans and photographs have documented odd-looking devices from the size of a pea, to much larger technologies which have several moving components.
These implants are often atomically aligned, often create a very powerful electromagnetic field, and it seems that our own nerves grow into the implant itself, so when it is removed, it can feel as though a part of the body is going with it. One of the most commonly observed oddities concerning alien implants it that there is no inflammatory response in the body to the implant, and many patients who have them have no history of surgeries of any kind in their medical files.
Looking through an electron microscope at magnification levels of 100,000X, researchers have discovered that these implants are made of almost a dozen different elements, and when sent to metallurgy labs, the lab technicians do not recognize many of the elements they contain, some of which are fluorescent.
Moreover, many people who have claimed they have been implanted are ‘normal’ people who don’t want to draw attention to themselves and seem to be trying to assimilate into society as a common member of the human race. They have jobs, families, and money woes. Others have credible medical degrees, and have spent years researching the phenomenon of alien implants.
Roger K. Leir was an American podiatric surgeon and ufologist who spent a large portion of his life investigating alien implants. As stated by Dr. Leir in MUFON, “The findings of these implant surgeries are highly unusual. In all these cases, there was virtually no inflammatory response.” Many of his cases reported having strange dreams and alien abduction experiences near the time they noticed having implants.
Derrel Sims, a hypno-anesthesiologist is said to have one of the largest collections of alien implants in the world. He says that these are not tracking devices, but something else. Of all the implants he has seen, he states that less than 1% of the population may actually have an alien implant. The others are likely nano-bots and other implant types that have already been documented in military personnel, as placed by the Department of Defense.
For example, DARPA would like to ‘help’ soldiers and the elderly by placing in them, a black box brain implant that triggers memories. The Pentagon earmarked over $70 million in funding for this single project.
DARPA is also developing something called “Electrical Prescriptions”, or ElectRx. It is nothing more than a program which they say “could reduce dependence on pharmaceutical drugs,” and offer a new way to treat illnesses, but really they aim to make super soldiers, with healing abilities like the Wolverine or the Incredible Hulk, which they can also ‘unplug’ when they are no longer useful.
DARPA’s technology is based on a biological process known as neuromodulation, in which the peripheral nervous system (the nerves that connect every other part of the body to the brain and spinal cord) monitors the status of internal organs and regulate the body’s responses to infection and disease. This Department of Defense equipment appears to be a reverse-engineered technology reminiscent of many of the alien implants that have been documented.
When alien implants were removed, most people experienced changes in their health, mood, dreams and psychic phenomena. They experience pain from having the implant removed, but it later subsides. For some the pain stops immediately upon removal.
Though there is little documentation pointing to the true nature of an alien implant, it is certain that DARPA’s version is anything but benign. It is possible that the alien implants are intended for multiple purposes – some of them nefarious, and others potentially beneficial, but the military industrial complex uses all its resources for creating better soldiers, and more compliant sheeple. It will be interesting to see the field of alien implants explored more completely in years to come, and whether or not any within the DOD come forward to explain where their own implant technologies originate from.
New protein bridges chemical divide for 'seamless' bioelectronics devices
(Nanowerk News) Life has always played by its own set of molecular rules. From the biochemistry behind the first cells, evolution has constructed wonders like hard bone, rough bark and plant enzymes that harvest light to make food.
|But our tools for manipulating life -- to treat disease, repair damaged tissue and replace lost limbs -- come from the nonliving realm: metals, plastics and the like. Though these save and preserve lives, our synthetic treatments are rooted in a chemical language ill-suited to our organic elegance. Implanted electrodes scar, wires overheat and our bodies struggle against ill-fitting pumps, pipes or valves.
|A solution lies in bridging this gap where artificial meets biological -- harnessing biological rules to exchange information between the biochemistry of our bodies and the chemistry of our devices. In a paper published Sept. 22 in Scientific Reports ("Bioelectronic interfaces by spontaneously organized peptides on 2D atomic single layer materials"), engineers at the University of Washington unveiled peptides -- small proteins which carry out countless essential tasks in our cells -- that can provide just such a link.
|This is a depiction of peptides self-assembling into nanowires on a 2-D surface of the semimetal graphene. (Image: Mehmet Sarikaya)
|The team, led by UW professor Mehmet Sarikaya in the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering, shows how a genetically engineered peptide can assemble into nanowires atop 2-D, solid surfaces that are just a single layer of atoms thick. These nanowire assemblages are critical because the peptides relay information across the bio/nano interface through molecular recognition -- the same principles that underlie biochemical interactions such as an antibody binding to its specific antigen or protein binding to DNA.
|Since this communication is two-way, with peptides understanding the "language" of technology and vice versa, their approach essentially enables a coherent bioelectronic interface.
|"Bridging this divide would be the key to building the genetically engineered biomolecular solid-state devices of the future," said Sarikaya, who is also a professor of chemical engineering and oral health sciences.
|His team in the UW Genetically Engineered Materials Science and Engineering Center studies how to coopt the chemistry of life to synthesize materials with technologically significant physical, electronic and photonic properties. To Sarikaya, the biochemical "language" of life is a logical emulation.
|"Nature must constantly make materials to do many of the same tasks we seek," he said.
|The UW team wants to find genetically engineered peptides with specific chemical and structural properties. They sought out a peptide that could interact with materials such as gold, titanium and even a mineral in bone and teeth. These could all form the basis of future biomedical and electro-optical devices. Their ideal peptide should also change the physical properties of synthetic materials and respond to that change. That way, it would transmit "information" from the synthetic material to other biomolecules -- bridging the chemical divide between biology and technology.
|This is a top view of GrBP5 nanowires on a 2-D surface of graphene. (Image: Mehmet Sarikaya)
|In exploring the properties of 80 genetically selected peptides -- which are not found in nature but have the same chemical components of all proteins -- they discovered that one, GrBP5, showed promising interactions with the semimetal graphene. They then tested GrBP5's interactions with several 2-D nanomaterials which, Sarikaya said, "could serve as the metals or semiconductors of the future."
|"We needed to know the specific molecular interactions between this peptide and these inorganic solid surfaces," he added.
|Their experiments revealed that GrBP5 spontaneously organized into ordered nanowire patterns on graphene. With a few mutations, GrBP5 also altered the electrical conductivity of a graphene-based device, the first step toward transmitting electrical information from graphene to cells via peptides.
|In parallel, Sarikaya's team modified GrBP5 to produce similar results on a semiconductor material -- molybdenum disulfide -- by converting a chemical signal to an optical signal. They also computationally predicted how different arrangements of GrBP5 nanowires would affect the electrical conduction or optical signal of each material, showing additional potential within GrBP5's physical properties.
|"In a way, we're at the flood gates," said Sarikaya. "Now we need to explore the basic properties of this bridge and how we can modify it to permit the flow of 'information' from electronic and photonic devices to biological systems."
|Source: University of Washington
|Posted: Oct 03, 2016
A substantial advance in low-cost clean energy generation
|(Nanowerk News) Researchers at the University of Houston and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported a substantial advance in generating electricity through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials.
|By combining concentrating solar power - which converts light into heat that is then used to generate electricity - with segmented thermoelectric legs, made up of two different thermoelectric materials, each working at different temperature ranges, researchers said they have demonstrated a promising new alternative solar energy technology.
|Their findings are published in Nature Energy ("Concentrating solar thermoelectric generators with a peak efficiency of 7.4%").
|Zhifeng Ren, MD Anderson Professor of physics at the University of Houston and an author of the paper, said the work illustrates a new low-cost, nontoxic way to generate power. While it's not intended to replace large-scale power plants, it could prove especially useful for isolated areas that aren't on a traditional electric grid, powering small clusters of homes or businesses, for example, he said. In addition to generating electricity, the technology also can produce hot water - valuable for both private and industrial purposes.
|In addition to Ren, other authors on the paper include Gang Chen, Daniel Kraemer, Kenneth McEnaney, Lee A. Weinstein and James Loomis, all of MIT, and UH researchers Qing Jie, Feng Cao and Weishu Liu.
|Ren, who also is a principal investigator at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, said the work draws on the researchers' earlier work, which demonstrated proof of the concept. For this project, supported in part by the Department of Energy, they actually built a device to measure how well optical concentration worked to improve the overall system efficiency.
|They demonstrated an efficiency of 7.4 percent but reported that based upon their calculations, the device could achieve an efficiency of 9.6 percent. Their previous work resulted in an efficiency of 4.6 percent.
|"The performance improvement is achieved by the use of segmented thermoelectric legs, a high-temperature spectrally selective solar absorber enabling stable vacuum operation with absorber temperatures up to 600 (degrees) C, and combining optical and thermal concentration," the researchers wrote. "Our work suggests that concentrating STEGs (solar thermoelectric generators) have the potential to become a promising alternative energy technology."
|To gain the higher efficiency, the researchers used a solar absorber, boosted by optical concentrators to increase the heat and improve the energy density. The absorber was placed on legs constructed of thermoelectric materials. While their previous work used only bismuth telluride - a well-known thermoelectric material - this version used skudderudite for the top half of the legs and bismuth telluride for the lower half.
|Thermoelectric materials produce electricity by exploiting the flow of heat current from a warmer area to a cooler area. By using two materials, the researchers said they were able to take advantage of a broader range of temperatures produced by the solar absorber and boost generating efficiency.
|Skutterudite, for example, performs best at temperatures above 200 degrees Centigrade, while bismuth telluride works optimally at temperatures below that level.
|"The record-high efficiencies are achieved by segmenting two thermoelectric materials, skutterudite and bismuth telluride, coupled to a spectrally selective surface operated at close to 600 (degrees) C by combined optical and thermal concentration of the sunlight," they wrote.
|Source: By Jeannie Kever, University of Houston
What you eat makes a huge difference in how optimally your body operates. And what you spend time reading and learning equally affects how effectively your mind operates.
Increasingly, we’re filling our heads with soundbites, the mental equivalent of junk. Over a day or even a week, the changes, like those to our belly, are barely noticeable. However, if we extend the timeline to months and years, we face a worrying reality and may find ourselves looking down at the pot-belly of ignorance.
If you think of your mind as a library, three things should concern you.
- The information you store in there — its accuracy and relevance;
- Your ability to find/retrieve that information on demand; and
- Finally your ability to put that information to use when you need it — that is, you want to apply it.
There is no point having a repository of knowledge in your mind if you can’t find and apply
its contents (see multiplicative systems
Let’s take a look at what you put into your mind
At Farnam Street
, we feel this is massively
misunderstood, resulting in people failing to discriminate what you’re feeding the “library of your mind”. As the saying goes, “Garbage-in equals garbage-out
If your mental library is inaccurate or plain wrong, you’re going to struggle. You probably won’t be very productive. Generally speaking, you’ll muddle through things and you’ll spend a lot of time correcting your own mistakes.
Our minds, like any tool, need to be optimized.
Clickbait media is not a nutritious diet.
Most people brush this off and say that it doesn’t matter … that it’s just harmless entertainment.
But it’s not harmless at all. Worse, it’s like cocaine. It causes our brains to light up and feel good. The more of it we consume, the more of it we want. It’s a vicious cycle.
Our brain isn’t stupid. It doesn’t want this crap, so while it’s giving you a mild dopamine rush, there’s also very little to add to your library. Like alcohol, it’s just empty calories. You cannot subsist on a diet of alcohol alone.
Clickbait does not carry much meaning. This is one reason that people re-read an article and don’t remember having read it. Their brains determined it was trash and subsequently got rid of it rather than storing it. And that comes at a high opportunity cost –time is limited, you could have spent it more wisely than on an endless chain of mindless soundbites (more on that below).
Over days and weeks this isn’t a big problem, but over years and decades it becomes a huge
Junk in the library messes with accrual of accurate, relevant information, and gets in the way of effective and efficient use our of brains — it causes us to seek out more rubbish instead. We lose our ability to discern.
And while we probably agree that the quality of what enters our head matters
, it’s easier said than done.
Not only do we need to filter, but we need to be aware of what filters our information has already been through.
There are filters everywhere.
Consider the CEO with 6 layers of management below them. Something that happens “on the ground floor” of the business, say an interaction between a salesperson and a customer, usually goes through six filters.
There is almost no way that information is as accurate as it should be for a good decision after all that filtering.
Now, the CEO might recognize this, but then they have to do something psychologically hard, which is basically say to their direct reports, “I’m not sure I got the right information from you
.” They have to go out of their way to seek out more detailed, relevant, independent
information from the people close to the problem. (A good assistant will do this for you, but in a political organization they will also be hung out to dry by all parties, the CEO included.)
So not only do we need to filter, but we need to be aware of what filters our information has already been through.
Let’s hit on one more related thought.
In our search for wisdom and high quality information to put into our library, we often turn to knowledge nuggets called soundbites. These deceptive fellows, also called surface knowledge
, make us sound clever and feel good about ourselves. They are also easy to add to our “mind library”
The problem is surface knowledge is blown away easily, like topsoil. However, most people are operating on the same level of surface knowledge!
So, in a twisted bout of game theory, we are rarely if ever called out on our bullshit (because people fear that we’ll call them out on theirs.)
The result is that this surface, illusory, knowledge is later retrieved
and applied with overconfidence when we’re making decisions (often driven by the subconscious) in a variety of contexts, with terrible results.
If you’re looking for a quick heuristic you can use for information you’re putting into your library
, try the two-pronged approach of:
meaning how relevant is this historically? How long will it be accurate — what will it look like in ten minutes, ten months, ten years? If it’s going to change soon, you can probably filter it out right here.
One way to determine if the information will stand the test of time is by gauging its accuracy by examining the details
. They are the small but powerful vitamins of your reading diet.
Details are so important that Elon Musk uses them to tell if people are lying
You want to learn from people with a deep, accurate fluency in their area of expertise
: The best filter is an intelligent human brain, find someone who has considerately prepared, processed and neatly presented a palatable meal of thought –Michelin over McDonalds.
One of the ways you can assess expertise is through the details people provide. Surface skimming articles are sometimes meant to be readable by the lay public, but more frequently it indicates simply that the author only has
surface knowledge! Referenced work also shows you the author is aware of the filters their information came through too. It’s like knowing the vegetables on your plate are organic and responsibly sourced.
So be careful. We’d guess that 99.9% of click-bait articles fail both these filters. They’re neither detailed nor lasting in importance.
The good thing is that you can raise your standards over time
One major reason to subscribe to websites like Farnam Street
and read documents by people like Richard Feynman
or Charlie Munger
is that it gets you used to what really clear thought looks like. To the point that you’ll develop a discerning palate so you will spot quality in a heartbeat and learn to know what you can rely on to make decisions that really matter.
For now let’s leave it at that — I’ll have more to say on this in the future. It’s important.
Omega-3 levels affect whether B vitamins can slow brain's decline
University of Oxford News, 01/19/2016
While research has already established that B vitamin supplements can help slow mental decline in older people with memory problems, an international team have now found that having higher levels of Omega–3 fatty acids in your body could boost the B vitamins' effect. The team, from the Universities of Cape Town, Oslo, Oxford and the UAE, studied more than 250 people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Oxford. Dr Abderrahim Oulhaj said: 'We found that for people with low levels of Omega–3, the vitamin supplements had little to no effect. But for those with high baseline Omega–3 levels, the B vitamins were very effective in preventing cognitive decline compared to the placebo. This result complements our previous finding that B vitamins slow the rate of brain atrophy in MCI only in those with a good Omega–3 level to start with.' The team also found that levels of DHA might be more important than levels of EPA, although they caution that more research must be done to establish whether this is true. Professor David Smith said: 'The next stage will be to see whether providing a combination of B vitamins and Omega–3 supplements can slow the conversion from MCI to Alzheimer's disease. This would be an important step in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. We have high hopes that this trial would work but funding is not easy to obtain for such studies.' The paper, Omega–3 fatty acid status enhances the prevention of cognitive decline by B vitamins in Mild Cognitive Impairment, is published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
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The last TI meeting was on Sunday, October 2, 2016. I was happy that those who have been regular and those whom were new thought that it was a productive meeting. Most of us went out for delicious Asian food afterwards.
What is always most striking and stunning is that we are in continual trauma and partial disbelief that we are living under these draconian conditions. That's a constant observation when being in the meetings for me.
So lets all envision it ending permanently. I know that I'd never complain about my life as I've once known it. I would have my ordinary moments of utter dissatisfaction. I welcome that past back.
Since this militaristic war on us isn't over yet, I often challenge myself to do the best I can under these inexpressible times. Let's be the strength and courage for each other to do something.
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|Across the United States, police departments receive data pertaining to possible local shootings from a company known as ShotSpotter.|
The technology, which according to the company is used in “more than 90 cities across the country,” functions as a high-tech surveillance system. In order for a gunshot to be heard and registered, ShotSpotter uses a network of microphones fitted on street lamps, rooftops, and other elevated spots across crime-ridden areas.
ShotSpotter employees are on duty 24/7 in an office in San Francisco, monitoring the data collected by the several sensors spread across the country. According to the company’s Ralph A. Clark, “trained acoustic experts make the final determination” on whether the sound they are capturing is coming from a gunshot — and whether the police should be involved.
With the help of the GPS systems installed in the sensor chips — which may add up to “25 sensors per square mile in certain locations,” according to Clark — ShotSpotter employees are able to detect information on the “precise location and precise time” where the “boom or bang” took place, as well as any sound it captures. The info is then sent “back to the software in the cloud.”
It’s up to the employee who receives the data to determine whether the captured bang or boom will lead to an alert that shows up in a 911 call dispatch center. According to ShotSpotter, this entire process takes up to 45 seconds.
Considering law enforcement agencies like the New York Police Department argue that “on average, 75% of shots fired are never called into 911,” many consider ShotSpotter a good investment. But as cities across the country gear up to expand their ShotSpotter networks — an upgrade that often costs millions in taxpayer dollars — the Center for Investigative Reporting claims that in places like San Francisco, the system is not producing the expected results.
Out of more than 3,000 ShotSpotter alerts over the period of two and a half years, the city has reported only two led to arrests.
To CRI reporter Matt Drange, his investigation into the thousands of alerts across the country reveals a clear pattern: “[L]ots of calls, few tangible results.”
In Miami, Florida, ShotSpotter was so incredibly ineffective that in 2014, the Miami-Dade County Police “abandoned using ShotSpotter.” At the time, the MDPD told the press that “success in directly leading to the apprehension of individuals involved in shooting incidents [was] minimal,” sending cops to the locations of 1,000 suspected shootings in 2012 alone; only 50 of these cases were real shots. By November of 2013, the local police had abandoned the surveillance technology.
Nevertheless, in September of 2016, the Miami-Dade commissioners voted 12-0 to dedicate over $5 million of taxpayer dollars to ShotSpotter. Over the first five years, Miami taxpayers will foot a $2.6 million bill to keep the program running, adding “$3 million more in the next five” years.
Despite the efforts of several local reporters, the local police were never able to produce any responses as to why they are now using the technology despite having put an end to ShotSpotter use in the city years ago.
Regardless, Miami law enforcement added last month that the implementation of the audio surveillance system is part of a broader effort that includes the installation of more cameras and license plate readers.
As reported by the Miami New Times, the audio surveillance technology is part of an extensive list of “questionable police-spending proposals” that have been embraced by local authorities recently. Due to ShotSpotter’s notorious inefficacy, the publication felt compelled to add that the MDPD should “think twice about the buy.”
While it’s unclear why a police department would continue using a system that doesn’t work, once potential ramifications of the use of ShotSpotter are analyzed, it’s difficult not to see why a police department would want to keep the technology in place.
From Shot Tracing to Eavesdropping
According to Fusion, the shot tracking system may be useful to spot some gunshots, but in many cities across the country, they may also be useful to record conversations.
In 2007, an East Oakland death helped the world learn that ShotSpotter was also able to pick up exchanges between individuals.
“As Tyrone Lyles lay dying from a gunshot wound on an East Oakland street,” Fusion wrote in 2015, “he let out a few last words that would ultimately help authorities convict his killer.” Those words, which were accepted as evidence in court, “[were] recorded by ShotSpotter.”
According to Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the “secondary uses of technology that is sold to us for some unobjectionable purpose” always concern the organization because they are often “used for other purposes.” If the technology is still in place and its sensors are collecting audio recordings of private conversations, Stanley added, “it needs to be shut down.”
Despite claiming its technology is “the most effective security solution on the market,” ShotSpotter adds that its sensors “do not have the ability to overhear normal speech or conversations on public streets,” adding that only “loud explosive noise[s]” will trigger the sensors.
But as Fusion notes, the company’s “microphones have a history of not being as precise as the company claims.” Additionally, court cases using conversations intercepted by the technology show that conversations can, indeed, be recorded, making the company’s claim to put privacy first seem like a failed attempt at giving the public a false sense of confidence in a service designed for law enforcement use.
Could the system’s lack of precision trigger the sensor even without a loud bang, prompting the recording of private conversations? And, if so, could the company be holding on to this data in order to provide it to law enforcement upon request?
If this surveillance system has “the potential to be a privacy nightmare,” then it’s easy to see why Miami officers, as well as other law enforcement agencies across the country, are happy to see the program expand.
|Today, just for fun, we’re going to go down the rabbit hole of how entertainment and the media manipulate people. Some of this is sheer speculation, some if it is provable fact, and all of it requires that you don your full array of tinfoil. If you want to go even deeper, this book will blow your mind.|
This has been going on for decades. These techniques are used to reduce resistance to upcoming tyranny, to change opinions of large groups of people and let them think it was their own idea, and to subtly program the brains of the masses while they think they’re just enjoying some entertainment.
The only good news in this article is that some of us are less susceptible to this type of manipulation. How do we become less susceptible? By understanding how it all works we build up sort of an immunity. We see when we are being subjected to these shenanigans a lot more readily and are able to say, “Hey – that’s not how I feel about this topic at all.”
What is predictive programming?
There have been tons of articles and almost as many theories about predictive programming. Predictive programming is when events are depicted in a movie or TV show that later come to pass.
You can search and come up with hundreds of hits for movies and shows ranging from the ‘Sandy Hook’ Map in Dark Knight Rises to The Simpsons Predicting the Ebola Outbreak and the Death of Prince. Oh – and the author of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins, lives in Sandy Hook and her books deal with child sacrifices…I’m just sayin’.
At least sometimes, coincidences do happen. For example, in 1898 Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility about a ship called the Titan that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Fourteen years later the Titanic sank, after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage! You can read more about the similarities between the book and the real event here. Now, in this case, I really doubt that the author arranged for the White Star Line to commission a ship called the Titanic and then had it sink in mid-April after hitting an iceberg the first time it left port.
Other forms of predictive programming aren’t so clairvoyant or specific but are predictive in that they reflect a way of life.
So why would they do this?
It is proposed that by mimicking a change that is desired by those in power, resistance to that change can be minimized because people have seen it happen already. It’s easier for them to accept the change because it has been normalized through the media.
Here are a few examples from an article by The Coincidence Theorist:
The article goes on to link significant terror events like 9/11 and 7/7, as well as events like the moon landing. It’s a really great piece until you get to the conclusion and he says it’s all baloney, even after he provided a ton of interesting evidence to support the case of predictive programming as a tool of familiarization.
When I lived in Canada, I noticed that they expressed the message that guns were terrifying on a regular basis on Canadian TV. The popular show Flashpoint was a police procedural about an SRU team in Toronto. (SRU is the Canadian version of SWAT.) Whenever a civilian saw a person with a gun, a gun in a car, or a gun in a desk drawer, they completely freaked out. They immediately phoned the police, and sometimes they hid in closets, whispering in terror to the 911 operator. They needed to be saved because, by golly, guns kill you. Guns are strictly controlled in Canada, and this was just a reinforcement of the message that the government was protecting citizens by keeping firearms away from them, as well as the message that you must immediately phone the officials should one be seen.
What is subliminal messaging?
Subliminal messaging is way more subtle than predictive programming.
Messages are “played” to individuals or the public without them being aware of it. The message may be a visual ‘flash’ in a series of other pictures that you don’t consciously pick up on but your subconscious registers the image.
One example would be a movie where frame 25 in a sequence of 40 images moving at 30 frames per second flashes the name of a product, a person, or whatever other information the producers wanted you to “take in.” Even if you don’t believe in your conscious mind that subliminal messaging can have any effect on you…your unconscious mind has no such view, it accepts what’s sent to it without question.
When companies advertise, politicians stand on the stage, or gangs roam down the street, we see their colors – the sign, symbol, or slogan that defines them. It’s all marketing and branding, and subliminal messaging can get that message into your brain without you knowingly visualizing it.
And it works. A multi-million dollar industry has been created from self-help tapes and CDs that are played while a person sleeps to improve some aspect of the person’s life. Experiments with inserting a subliminal message about snacks right before a break in a movie increased snack sales during the break. This technique is heavily used by companies with products to sell.
The uncomfortable thing is, unless you instructed someone to put the messages in there or you put them there yourself, there is no way you can know if you are being subjected to such suggestions.
So what happens if the messages we are ‘receiving’ aren’t just about buying a soda and some popcorn? What if they are rather more insidious in nature? What if we are being manipulated every time we turn on a TV, watch a movie or even turn on our computers?
Some of us are aware of the “dumbing down” of our young people, their total addiction to their smartphones, tablets and laptops, the hours and hours they watch TV. Kids are completely addicted to their screens. If “someone” wanted to use screens as mind-control methods, then it makes perfect sense to get kids dependent upon those screens while they’re young. They can be programmed from the very beginning to be good little consumers and to pay for it by being wage slaves. Nearly everyone has a smartphone these days, which means we all carry a mind-control device around in our purses or pockets.
Why doesn’t it work on some of us?
Taking it a step further, what if some people are genetically more susceptible than others? What if some of us are immune to this constant bombardment of images, words, and ideas that most people seem to buy into without question?
Could this be the difference between the vast majority of the people and those of us are that are awake and aware? Are we just mutants? Is this why I can explain this stuff until I lose my voice and just get a blank stare from people who think I am the crazy one?
The vast majority of people in the United States are completely accepting of the official message:
Most people like us (those who are aware, the self-sufficient minority) watch less TV than the masses. Some of us watch no TV at all. I watch a few shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime, but we don’t have cable TV with its commercials and *cough* news. We have other things to do; things that will help us when there are soldiers on the streets “for our own protection.” Things that will help our kids survive when the store shelves are empty and the majority relies on government rations to live (if they behave well enough to get one that is, and behave they will because hunger is a massive motivator to do as you’re told.)
- They believe that the government will be there to save them in all circumstances.
- They don’t question or inquire. They simply accept what they are told.
- They don’t share our fears that something big is on the horizon.
- They exist in a bubble and don’t look at the bigger picture.
- They refuse to prepare for bad things because they honestly don’t believe it’s possible that those things will happen.
Even if you have a tendency to be mind controlled, it’s possible to snap out of it. I wasn’t always the tinfoil-clad blogger you see before you today. When I was in my early 20s, I truly did believe that the government agencies like the EPA and the FDA were looking out for our best interests, that food or medicine wouldn’t be sold if it was harmful, and that schools truly were in the business of educating children. Most of us have to shake off our early training at the hands of the education system and the television.
And sort of like in the movie, The Matrix, if you can get someone to swallow the red pill, they become a lot less willing to believe whatever they’re fed.
Subliminal messaging can change people’s views, can change the way they think, can change what they want to eat, what car they want to buy, maybe even how they vote. All you need is the cash to get your message out there and buy a few split seconds of screen time.
It can sow the seeds that make acceptance of abnormal and dangerous situations easier. It can teach people not to question and to be good little sheep.
Sitting for hours in front of the television mindlessly watching the drivel produced by companies who call it “entertainment” is brainwashing people and turning them into idiots, making the best current day example of predictive programming the movie Idiocracy.
Isaac Davis, Staff Writer|
In a televised interview with ABC’s Mike Wallace in 1958, author of the seminal classic Brave New World, Aldous Huxley laid out his rather grim vision for the future of the human race in a prescient and timeless warning for us to wake up. After having lived through the bloodbaths of World War I and II and in the early stages of the nuclear cold war, he discussed the problems of freedom and survival in America, making a number of predictions more relevant today, nearly 60 years later, than ever before.
Huxley, as introduced by Wallace:
“A man haunted by a vision of hell on earth. A searing social critic, Mr. Huxley 27 years ago wrote Brave New World, a novel that predicted that someday the entire world would live under a frightful dictatorship. Today Mr. Huxley says that his fictional world of horror is probably just around the corner for all of us.” ~Mike Wallace
As the world now sleepwalks into a third world war which will certain bring about a nuclear holocaust, Huxley’s message is more important than ever because it serves as a reminder that a critically thinking individual is the truest and most formidable weapon against the destructive and psychopathic tendencies of tyrants.
The following 6 predictions taken from this interview were exceptionally farsighted at the time, and are presented here as an amplification of Huxley’s imperative that we all must wake up to the truth of how power is misused in our world.
1.) Technology, Bureaucracy and Television Would be Used to Enslave Us
HUXLEY: As technology becomes more and more complicated, it becomes necessary to have more and more elaborate organizations, more hierarchical organizations, and incidentally the advance of technology is being accompanied by an advance in the science of organization.
It’s now possible to make organizations on a larger scale than it was ever possible before, and so that you have more and more people living their lives out as subordinates in these hierarchical systems controlled by bureaucracy, either the bureaucracies of big businesses or the bureaucracies of big government.
HUXLEY: Hitler used terror on the one kind, brute force on the one hand, but he also used a very efficient form of propaganda, which er…he was using every modern device at that time. He didn’t have TV., but he had the radio which he used to the fullest extent, and was able to impose his will on an immense mass of people. I mean, the Germans were a highly educated people.
WALLACE: Well, we’re aware of all this, but how do we equate Hitler’s use of propaganda with the way that propaganda, if you will, is used let us say here in the United States. Are you suggesting that there is a parallel?
HUXLEY: Needless to say it is not being used this way now, but, er…the point is, it seems to me, that there are methods at present available, methods superior in some respects to Hitler’s method, which could be used in a bad situation. I mean, what I feel very strongly is that we mustn’t be caught by surprise by our own advancing technology.
This has happened again and again in history with technology’s advance and this changes social condition, and suddenly people have found themselves in a situation which they didn’t foresee and doing all sorts of things they really didn’t want to do.
WALLACE: And well, what…what do you mean? Do you mean that we develop our television but we don’t know how to use it correctly, is that the point that you’re making?
HUXLEY: Well, at the present the television, I think, is being used quite harmlessly; it’s being used, I think, I would feel, it’s being used too much to distract everybody all the time. But, I mean, imagine which must be the situation in all communist countries where the television, where it exists, is always saying the same things the whole time; it’s always driving along.
It’s not creating a wide front of distraction it’s creating a one-pointed, er…drumming in of a single idea, all the time. It’s obviously an immensely powerful instrument.
WALLACE: Uh-huh. So you’re talking about the potential misuse of the instrument.
HUXLEY: Exactly. We have, of course…all technology is in itself moral and neutral. These are just powers which can either be used well or ill; it is the same thing with atomic energy, we can either use it to blow ourselves up or we can use it as a substitute for the coal and the oil which are running out.
2.) Advertising Will Bypass Rationality and Capture the Mind’s of Children
HUXLEY: …advertisement plays a very necessary role, but the danger it seems to me in a democracy is this…I mean what does a democracy depend on? A democracy depends on the individual voter making an intelligent and rational choice for what he regards as his enlightened self-interest, in any given circumstance.
But what these people are doing, I mean what both, for their particular purposes, for selling goods and the dictatorial propagandists are for doing, is to try to bypass the rational side of man and to appeal directly to these unconscious forces below the surfaces so that you are, in a way, making nonsense of the whole democratic procedure, which is based on conscious choice on rational ground.
WALLACE: Of course, well, maybe…I…you have just answered this next question because in your essay you write about television commercials, not just political commercials, but television commercials as such and how, as you put it, “Today’s children walk around singing beer commercials and toothpaste commercials.” And then you link this phenomenon in some way with the dangers of a dictatorship. Now, could you spell out the connection or, have…or do you feel you’ve done so sufficiently?
HUXLEY: Well, I mean, here, this whole question of children, I think, is a terribly important one because children are quite clearly much more suggestible than the average grownup; and again, suppose that, er…that for one reason or another all the propaganda was in the hands of one or very few agencies, you would have an extraordinarily powerful force playing on these children, who after all are going to grow up and be adults quite soon. I do think that this is not an immediate threat, but it remains a possible threat, and…
WALLACE: You said something to the effect in your essay that the children of Europe used to be called ‘cannon fodder’ and here in the United States they are ‘television and radio fodder.’
HUXLEY: Well, after all, you can read in the trade journals the most lyrical accounts of how necessary it is, to get hold of the children because then they will be loyal brand buyers later on. But I mean, again you just translate this into political terms, the dictator says they all will be ideology buyers when they are grownup.
3.) The Rise of Dictatorship Based on Terrorism
HUXLEY: I think this kind of dictatorship of the future, I think will be very unlike the dictatorships which we’ve been familiar with in the immediate past. I mean, take another book prophesying the future, which was a very remarkable book, George Orwell’s “1984.”
Well, this book was written at the height of the Stalinist regime, and just after the Hitler regime, and there he foresaw a dictatorship using entirely the methods of terror, the methods of physical violence. Now, I think what is going to happen in the future is that dictators will find, as the old saying goes, that you can do everything with bayonets except sit on them!
4.) The Pharmacological Revolution Will Make Us Love Slavery
HUXLEY: …this is the… the pharmacological revolution which is taking place, that we have now powerful mind-changing drugs which physiologically speaking are almost costless. I mean they are not like opium or like coca…cocaine, which do change the state of mind but leave terrible results physiologically and morally.
…if you want to preserve your power indefinitely, you have to get the consent of the ruled, and this they will do partly by drugs as I foresaw in “Brave New World,” partly by these new techniques of propaganda.
They will do it by bypassing the sort of rational side of man and appealing to his subconscious and his deeper emotions, and his physiology even, and so, making him actually love his slavery.
I mean, I think, this is the danger that actually people may be, in some ways, happy under the new regime, but that they will be happy in situations where they oughtn’t to be happy.
…We know, there is enough evidence now for us to be able, on the basis of this evidence and using certain amount of creative imagination, to foresee the kind of uses which could be made by people of bad will with these things and to attempt to forestall this…
5.) Political Candidates Would Become Merchandise Marketed by Professionals
WALLACE: You write in Enemies of Freedom, you write specifically about the United States. You say this, writing about American political campaigns you say, “All that is needed is money and a candidate who can be coached to look sincere; political principles and plans for specific action have come to lose most of their importance. The personality of the candidate, the way he is projected by the advertising experts, are the things that really matter.”
HUXLEY: Well, this is the…during the last campaign, there was a great deal of this kind of statement by the advertising managers of the campaign parties. This idea that the candidates had to be merchandised as though they were soap and toothpaste and that you had to depend entirely on the personality.
I mean, personality is important, but there are certainly people with an extremely amiable personality, particularly on TV, who might not necessarily be very good in political…positions of political trust.
WALLACE: Well, do you feel that men like Eisenhower, Stevenson, Nixon, with knowledge aforethought were trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the American public?
HUXLEY: No, but they were being advised by powerful advertising agencies who were making campaigns of a quite different kind from what had been made before. and I think we shall see probably, er…all kinds of new devices coming into the picture. I mean, for example, this thing which got a good deal of publicity last autumn, subliminal projection.
WALLACE: And we’ll be persuaded to vote for a candidate that we do not know that we are being persuaded to vote for.
HUXLEY: Exactly, I mean this is the rather alarming picture that you’re being persuaded below the level of choice and reason.
6. ) Evil People Will Take Advantage of Technology and Government to Gain Power
WALLACE: The question, of course, that keeps coming back to my mind is this: obviously politics in themselves are not evil, television is not in itself evil, atomic energy is not evil, and yet you seem to fear that it will be used in an evil way. Why is it that the right people will not, in your estimation, use them? Why is it that the wrong people will use these various devices and for the wrong motives?
HUXLEY: Well, I think one of the reasons is that these are all instruments for obtaining power, and obviously the passion for power is one of the most moving passions that exists in man; and after all, all democracies are based on the proposition that power is very dangerous and that it is extremely important not to let any one man or any one small group have too much power for too long a time.
After all what are the British and American Constitution except devices for limiting power, and all these new devices are extremely efficient instruments for the imposition of power by small groups over larger masses.
This interview was recorded 27 years after the publication of Brave New World, which in and of itself was an eloquent warning to freedom loving people. Fast-forward to 2016 and we find that Huxley was right on every account,
“…after all, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” ~Aldous Huxley