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With nothing more than beads in a glass box, physicists have revealed yet another mysterious property of granular solids, now recognized by scientists as a unique state of matter, like solids or gases.
When the box was filled to the brim and rotated, the beads moved in patterns known from convection clouds — another system whose basic physical dynamics are only dimly understood.
The experiment, displayed in a video posted Monday to arXiv, was a variation on one performed 70 years ago by Japanese physicist Yositsi Oyama, who observed that beads of different sizes placed in a rotating circular drum would eventually self-sort by size.
That intriguing result set in motion the study of granular solids, which behave in ways that can’t be predicted with known physical laws. And though research has accelerated in the last decade, scientific understanding of granularity is roughly akin to that of fluid dynamics in the 18th century.
Somewhat tongue in cheek, since none of the major figures actually try to report the truth in a useful context, we point today to The Reporters Committee for a Free Press, which is hosting an event this Sunday (11 October) in Washington, D.C. Most of these people are what are called “courtiers” whose livelihood depends on accepting all of the censorship that comes with access in Washington, D.C.
We note with interest that the Justices appear willing to allow the Executive to block photos of dead U.S. troops and tortured detainees, but feel strongly that photos of animal cruelty are totally necessary and in the public interest. That pretty much sums up the state of our not so free press–a circus, not a service.
THE STORY BEHIND 9/11: HIT OR MYTH? TAKING ON THE TRUTHERS
By MAXINE SHEN August 28, 2009
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The 9/11 Official Story Runs Out of Steam?
by Sander Hicks (pictured in insert by Post at right)
(NEW YORK) You know the world is really coming to an end when the New York Post lets this reporter, a leading 9/11 Truth investigator, be the lead source in their review of the new anti-Truther documentary. The National Geographic Channel’s “9/11: Science and Conspiracy” debuts tonight, Monday, August 31. It is so pathetic, it should be scored a victory for the truth movement.
“9/11 Science and Conspiracy” is fundamentally-misconceived, half hearted, poorly planned, slapped together, badly written, mis-cas, and self-defeating. It contains four scientific “experiments” pulled off in the New Mexico desert by a bunch of pyrotechnic geeks, the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC).
If you post videos about people eating each other’s vomit or clips of plastic bimbos with their breasts hanging out then you’ll be left alone, but God forbid should anyone try to give the country a window on what’s actually happening in Congress and what their own Representatives are talking about – in that case your thought crimes will immediately be censored and removed.
You Tube has expanded its zealous copyright crusade by suspending the popular C-Span Junkie user channel, and in doing so has pulled hundreds of viral Ron Paul videos, which are now completely dead.
The C-Span Junkie user channel, a non-partisan archive of short clips taken from C-Span broadcasts of events in the Congress and the Senate, has been the home of the vast majority of You Tube videos you have seen of Bernanke, Geithner, Paulson and others being confronted in Congress, as well as Ron Paul’s speeches on the House floor. A total of more than 6400 videos in all have been pulled, hundreds of which featured the Texan Congressman.
Whether or not C-Span itself requested that You Tube pull the channel is not known, but it is clearly in the public interest and constitutes fair use to show a clip less than 10 minutes in length of what the people who are supposedly our Representatives are saying in Congress on our behalf.
As we have highlighted before, You Tube arbitrarily suspends accounts based on flimsy copyright claims that aren’t even properly investigated.
Barry Diller, chairman and CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp, said Web users will have to pay for what they watch and use, joining the refrain of media moguls who say an era of free Internet content is ending.
The media and technology executive, whose company runs the Ask.com search engine and the Match.com dating service, said it’s “mythology” to view the Internet as a system of free communications.
“It is not free, and is not going to be,” Diller said Friday at the Fortune Brainstorm conference in Pasadena. In addition to IAC, he is chairman of Expedia, the online travel service, and Ticketmaster Entertainment.
Diller joined a group of media chiefs, from Liberty Media’s John Malone to Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger, who are challenging the accepted model that consumers pay for Internet access and then content is free. Diller predicted there will be three revenue streams: advertising, subscriptions and transactions.
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Phi Beta Iota Editorial Comment:
These guys are both desperate, and dinosaurs. They are precisely analogous to the secret intelligence mandarins convinced that the American taxpayer will continue to pay for secret sources & methods that do not yield results (see story on “Losing the Long War.”
NEWSFLASH: Epoch A top-downunilateral “command & control” era is OVER. Epoch B, bottom-up multinational social network collaboration and consensus content creation is here now. These folks may have read the books (see our Reviews) such as Wealth of Networks, Groundswell, Here Comes Everybody, Army of Davids, Smart Mobs, Infinite Wealth, Revolutionary Wealth…the list grows every day, but they have not understood the point. The cell phone, text messages, Rapid SMS aggregators, and “free” content sense-makers that monetize the back-endrather than the front end are the future.
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It won’t work.
It removes value.
It’s a waste of AP resources.
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OSS ’04: To Mr. David Kaplan, for his extraordinary exploitation of legal and ethical sources of information in the pursuit of investigative journalism on behalf of U.S. News & World Report. His studies of North Korean government corruption and of Saudi Arabian government sponsorship of terrorism, represent the best practices in his field.
Today he is Editorial Director for the Center for Public Integrity, one of our Righeous Sites (click on Cover Photo to go to the Center). In addition to overseeing the Center’s editorial work, he serves as director of its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Below is the core story as he told it personally at OSS ’04.
Brian Rotheray is one of the “Dissident Majority” at BBC who have objected, among other things, to terrible management and a rather loose grasp of the truth, including teams that are so biased against any sembalnce of Western intervention as to be considered propaganda elements of the indigenous insurgent elements.
To the left, one of Brian Rotheray’s current discourses. To the right, Frog Right, a Pro-Veritas interview at BBC, which is very heavily subsidized by the Foreign
Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), and therefore much in need of liberation from those bonds.
Below are the slides and text, respectively, for Brian Rotheray’s very thoughtful presentation to OSS ’01. We stand firmly with the Dissident Majority at BBC, and look forward to their future empowerment.
It merits comment that among BBC, Agence France Presse, Associated Press, Reuters, Dow Jones, and so on, there has never been a serious effort to organize an open (that is to say, transparent, legal, ethical) network to assure Global Coverage. Neither has any government made a serious effort to leverage Amazon and citation analysis to achieve holistic coverage across all disciplines, both human and scientific. Brian Rotherey is the kind of manager we would seek to pursue such an endeavor.