Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The KGB Agent That Predicted Everything & The Man Who Interviewed Him

Understand that it is likely that the funding for  this global Marxist conspiracy has come from the NAZI money and likely Chinese money as well with ample cooperation from the DEEP STATE as well.

The drill is easily enough understood and countering it is as simple as been clear headed enough to understand what is going on.  This item will do quite well in explaining how the plan works.  But understand that it is a plan designed for stupid people.

Random changes will disrupt it in a hurry, insolvency of the educational system can be used to shed non STEM product and asserting local control of schools will reassert sound thinking.  Then perhaps we need to completely inoculate against the so called socialist MEME as presently constituted with a carefully crafted alternative... ..   
The KGB Agent That Predicted Everything & The Man Who Interviewed Him

June 18, 2019 Tim Brown


Many people who read this have either seen or at least heard the name Yuri Bezmenov. The reason they have is due to the 1970s interview that author G. Edward Griffin conducted with the former KGB Agent that exposed the deception of Russia at the time. However, Griffin was recently interviewed, now decades later and what he had to say might surprise you.

“Everything he [Bezmenov] predicted right is today’s news,” said Griffin.

First, let me provide the reader and viewer with a little background.

Griffin, who authored the famous book titled The Creature from Jekyll Island and World Without Cancer, conducted the interview I spoke about in the opening below.

According to the video description:

This is G. Edward Griffin’s shocking video interview, Soviet Subversion of the Free-World Press (1984), where he interviews ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov who decided to openly reveal KGB’s subversive tactics against western society as a whole.

Bezmenov explains how Jewish Marxist ideology is destabilizing the economy and purposefully pushing the U.S. into numerous crises so that a “Big Brother” tyranny can be put into place in Washington, how most Americans don’t even realize that they are under attack, and that normal parliamentary procedures will not alter the federal government’s direction.

He then explains how Marxist leaders use informers to make lists of anti-Communist and other politically incorrect people who they want to execute once they – actually a Jewish oligarchy – come to power. The oligarch’s secret lists include “civil rights” activists and idealistically-minded “useful idiot” leftists as well.

Bezmenov provides several real-world examples of how Marxist leaders even execute and/or imprison each other. Also, he explains how American embassy employees were known to betray Soviets attempting to defect, how there existed a “triangle of hate” in the Soviet government, why he realized that Marxism-Leninism was a murderous doctrine, and how the CIA ignored (or didn’t care) about Communist subversion.

He also mentions that revolutions throughout history are never the result of a majority movement, but of a small dedicated and highly-organized group who seize power, whether for good or bad. Next, he explains how the American mass media spread lies about life in the Soviet Union.

Bezmenov also explains how the LOOK magazine article falsely claimed that the Russian people were proud of their victory in the Second World War, where in reality the Judeo-Bolshevik-Communist-Marxist government was happy that Hitler had been defeated so that they could remain in power.

Find out how the KGB utilized various individuals to undermine the Western society in its morals and values.

Then, there is another video of an interview and full lecture given in Los Angeles by Bezmenov in 1983, which many have not seen below.

Now, Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with G. Edward Griffin about his interview with Bezmenov.

In doing so, Dicks comments, “Marxist and Lenin ideologies have penetrated North American schools and this was certainly not by accident according to former KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov. We know this because of a groundbreaking interview conducted by G. Edward Griffin, best selling author of ‘The Creature From Jekyll Isle’.”

In this video, Griffin discusses the interview and “its amazing prediction of the future and what the take away needs to be moving forward if we want to get our North American youth back on track, which is well within our means!”

The problem today isn’t Russia, it’s us.

Article posted with permission from Sons Of Liberty Media

The best news websites to visit each day to beat the censorship purge by the evil tech giants

This is a convenient list of resources that alloqw you to easily sidestep what has become egregious and obvious censorship by the MSM or mainstream media.
This problem essentially arose over the past three years from been a largely benign issue to now been a serious and concerted effort to block information flow to the electorate by politically engaged owners we presume financially co-opted to so called progressive financial interests better understood as NAZIs.  
What happened and it was really obvious is that their full press support of Hilary and blanket condemnation of Trump failed.  You must understand that this same mechanism was fully on display to elect Barrack Obama.  It was not obviously an over riding factor in the past although it was certainly present.  Actual DEEP STATE candidate capture had happened long before in one form or the other.
The methodology became rank with Obama.  It then blew up with the advent of Trump.  The trouble is that they have not stopped and are in the process destroying their platforms by ignoring most of the real news that is out there when it does not serve their agenda.
I do believe this will all be corrected.   In fact the Obama protocol has already lost.  What we have to do is access these alternative sources to step around censorship.  It is possible. .

The best news websites to visit each day to beat the censorship purge by the evil tech giants

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by: Mike Adams
Tags: Censorship, Fact Check, free press, Journalism, tech giants, truth


(Natural News) How do you beat the malicious censorship purge that’s being aggressively pushed by the tech giants? You seek out independent media websites that bring you all the news being censored everywhere else.

The trick is that you have to visit all these websites directly by typing the URL in your browser. Don’t rely on Facebook, Twitter, Google or anyone else to determine what news you read. Go directly to these sites to bypass the censorship of the tech giants.
Three news aggregation sites to watch daily

News aggregation sites list headlines from multiple independent media sources. This is the best way to get a quick overview of the day’s independent media news:

#1) Whatfinger.com – This site has emerged as the very best news aggregation site on the ‘net, beating Drudge with rapid updates and more focus on independent sources rather than lying mainstream sources. Every headline is manually curated by patriots / veterans.

#2) Censored.news – These headlines are automatically gathered from the most censored sites on the ‘net. It’s updated every few minutes and shows only headline text, no photos or videos, so it’s great for mobile devices too.

#3) SteveQuayle.com – Every headline is curated by Steve Quayle, covering the more exotic alternative news sites on the ‘net, including those that write about the Book of Revelation, ancient civilizations and more.
Original news and video sites to check frequently

In addition to Breitbart.com, which is the new standard for high-volume, pro-America independent media, check out these other sites:

#1) Brighteon.com – This is our free speech alternative to YouTube. Post and view videos for free. Each day, many users post breaking news videos here, making it a great place to catch news summaries and analysis of recent events.

#2) LifeSiteNews.com – Pro-family original news reporting that counters the mainstream narratives on abortion, LGBT and pedophilia.

#3) BigLeaguePolitics.com – One of the best independent news sites on the ‘net with exhaustive original reporting.

#4) TheEpochTimes.com – Yet more original reporting, with a lot of focus on exposing the Russia collusion hoax.

#5) TheGatewayPundit.com – Rapid fire, short-form news coverage of breaking news events in the world of politics.

#6) Newswars.com – Features headlines and videos from the Infowars universe of indy media.

#7) AllNewsPipeline.com – Original long-form stories that cover the greatest threats to human survival, including wars, biological weapons, communism and more.
Useful websites from our own network

In addition to all the sites mentioned above, check out these especially informative websites on our own network:

5Galert.com – A new website completely focused on the health risks associated with 5G wireless technology. Very few stories so far, but more are coming.

Rigged.news – Brings you daily news about everything that’s “rigged,” including medicine, politics, news bias and more.

Migrants.news – Covers the invasion of America by illegal aliens, including open borders policies and the push by Democrats to see America overrun.

Chemicals.news – Original reporting on toxic chemicals that threat human health, including pesticides, hormone disruptors and more.

FalseFlag.news – Covers false flag events, engineered fakery, media lies and cultural engineering strategies used by globalists to control human action.
Warnings about “establishment” sites that attack natural health, nutrition or indy journalism

As you’re perusing independent media websites, watch out for “establishment” media sites that are really just fronts for the vaccine industry or powerful corporate interests: 
Fox News is a RINO establishment propaganda hub with its own internal civil war. Sean Hannity is a true patriot but he is being surrounded by traitors inside the Fox News universe, and their goal is to destroy Trump and silence independent media. 
The Daily Caller is a pro-vaccine website that pushes Big Pharma’s vaccine propaganda. It also runs fake news articles about border walls. 
The Daily Wire is Ben Shapiro’s website that pushes fake news hoaxes to smear other members of the independent media. 
The Drudge Report routinely attacks nutrition and supplements, always finding another excuse to run a “dangerous vitamins” headline.

Happy surfing!

Skai hydrogen-powered eVTOL air taxi boasts enormous 400-mile range

This may work. A 400 mile range allows urban operations for a sustained session and at some point the whole thing will be a drone with the pilot elsewhere.  Once charged up, failure modes should be low probability and way better than what we now use.

This can also be made rooftop friendly as well and promote such a system that makes obstruction risk very low as well..

It looks good.  It is getting way to easy to drum up a vehicle design..

Skai hydrogen-powered eVTOL air taxi boasts enormous 400-mile range

Loz Blain 

May 29th, 2019

Alaka'i Technologies' Skai prototype is already in the process of FAA certification(


A new electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air taxi company came out of stealth mode today, using a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain that neatly sidesteps the energy density issue that's holding back battery-powered aircraft. Alaka'i Technologies' Skai machine has a range of up to four hours/400 mi (640 km) and a five-passenger capacity.

Hydrogen is a difficult fuel to deal with in an automotive context, but it might just be the shot in the arm that the electric aviation industry needs to get VTOL multicopter air taxis up and running. Current lithium battery technology offers poor energy density, which severely limits the range figures of current e-VTOL projects. But hydrogen offers up to 10 times the energy density, as well as gasoline-quick refueling, if you can deal with the inefficiencies of producing, transporting and storing it. And those difficulties can be better managed in a centralized aviation model that doesn't need to roll out across the entire road network.

Thus, Massachusetts-based Alaka'i Technologies has spent the last four years beavering away at building a hydrogen-powered air taxi, which it launched today in California. According to an interview with SoCalTech, the company is operating under the funding of a sole investor, who has carried it through design, development, prototyping and is now footing the bill for FAA certification, which Alaka'i CEO Steve Hanvey says he believes should be possible before the end of 2020 due to the simplicity of the airframe.

The aircraft itself does look simple; it's a six-rotor multicopter with largish carbon props, co-designed by Designworks (the design innovation studio for BMW). There's no coaxial props, ducted fans, tilting elements, wings or pusher props – the Skai will operate much like a drone, requiring thrust at all times to stay in the air, suggesting that future models that do have some wing lift capability in forward flight will have even more impressive range figures.

It seats five, including a pilot – and indeed will be piloted rather than autonomous upon launch, but Alaka'i says it's certainly looking to make these things pilotless in the future. 

In terms of safety, the Skai has some redundancy built in with its six props and can probably fly if a couple of those go down. In the case of total failure, it carries an "Airframe Parachute" (capitalization theirs) to bring it down softly. Of course, even the fastest ballistic parachutes take some time to open out and slow down a fall, meaning that they're basically useless below a certain altitude – and we'll be interested to discover how Alaka'i is dealing with the "death zone" below that.

The company says it's planning and designing "all touchpoints, digital, physical and service" for the air taxi concept, so it seems it's keen on owning the whole operation as opposed to plugging in to a (purely theoretical) service like Uber Elevate

The prototype looks impressive, the powertrain seems to have a genuine opportunity to beat the battery guys into the air, and a 4-hr/400-mile range will make this thing immediately useful, and potentially profitable, as soon as it's certified and ready to go. We'll be keeping our eyes on the Skai.

See a video below for a closer look at Alaka'i Technologies' eVTOL vehicle.

Source: Alaka'i SkaiView gallery - 8 images

Giant Bird Sightings in the Midwest

The first item informs nicely how they go to roost in complete safety.  They rely on swamps to provide nesting isles which makes complete sense as that eliminates the risk of egg stealing rodents in particular.
We also understand that these birds can roost within any large evergreen whose lower branches provide a skirt providing ample cover.
We have collected a bunch of these reports from the site Phantoms and Monsters.  We are well beyond a mere handful..
Giant Bird Sightings in the Midwest
Monday, June 17, 2019

“Many years ago in southern Ohio, some buddies and I were out scouting for new places to go hunting. While walking through the woods, we came up to a big swamp. As we were standing there taking in our surroundings and talking, for about 10 minutes or so, about 50 yards away, gliding down from the tree tops, was what we all thought was somebody in a hang glider going to crash into the water, but after a second or two of observation, we were in awe that this was a huge bird that resembled a California Condor but much larger. It stayed in our sight for perhaps another 5 or 6 seconds. It never flapped its wings in its descent down, just glided to a place in the middle of the swamp where there were lots of dead trees and cat tails that obscured any further sighting. We stood there for a while thinking it might show itself but it never did. On the drive home, our opinions differed on the size and even if it was a bird at all, maybe a giant kite or remote control plane that somebody was flying and crashed, since it did not flap the wings, but we found that highly unlikely since we were in a very remote area. But we all agreed the wingspan was at least 12 feet or more.” - citizen-x

“I live in Shelbyville, Illinois. In the early 1960s, I would have been about 10 years old, I saw a huge bird sitting on top of our milking barn. The bird was several times larger than an ordinary buzzard.

When the bird flew away, it's wing span was half the length of the barn, so that would be about 20 feet. I will never forget it.” - Carl Borders

“Around 2009, in Plainfield, Indiana, I was outside. It was around 12:00 noon. I happened to look up at the sky. I spotted a huge black bird in the sky that cast a big black shadow. I had to look about three times or more, since I thought it was a hang-glider. It was not. The wing span on that thing was about 20 feet across.” - Dixie Pierpont

Giant Bird Sightings in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts & Michigan

Posted: 12 Jun 2019 01:22 PM PDT 

“You know that Indian folklore in part tells the truth. I'll explain. Back in 2001-December to be exact, I went on a cruise to the Caribbean. It was a Royal Caribbean cruise. On our third or fourth day, we landed on Puerto Rico. One hour into port, a group of ten of us got a tour guide for just about an hour. Well, the tour guide was explaining spots of interest in the island, but since it was like a rainy-overcast day, he said that it wouldn't be possible to visit those sites. He took us to the beach in San Juan. We all got out, the sun was out just for like 20 minutes. I was married to my ex-wife at the time and I was taking pictures of her just a couple feet from our tour bus. Well, I saw the clouds coming in, the cloud was shaped almost like an arrow, at the tip of the arrow were two giant birds. They both had white rings on their necks, one was way larger, the other one was about the size of a Cessna propeller air-plane. I yelled to the tour guide to look up at the cloud, and repeated to all the members to look up, but by that time, the two giant birds went straight up higher than the clouds. Then the rain came down and we quickly went into the bus. Nobody believed me. I took pictures of the cloud. I still have them, but the birds weren't in the view. Indian legend says these birds bring rain clouds to villages that are in need of rain for planting their harvest. In a way the Indians were right." - Manuel Ponce

“In approximately summer, 1975, I saw a shadow on a 100 foot granite viaduct, looked up and saw this ENORMOUS bird! I waited for my dad to come home from work. At dinner he was quiet, I said, 'Dad, I saw something strange today.' He replied, 'You saw a thunderbird, so did I.' He drove cab in town in Boston, but we lived in the burbs. We both saw same thing, same day, 25+ miles apart. Crazy right? Except we're of indigenous ancestry and of the Thunderbird clan. These are spiritual creatures.” - tripleyoker

“I saw a Thunderbird in about the spring of 1975, in Muskegon, Michigan. I was plinking at stuff with my new BB gun and I saw a sparrow. I shot at it and right next to it a GIANT Bird took off! I was about 10 years old and can tell you this thing scared me so bad I ran. I was about 15 or 20 feet away from it and can guarantee that the wingspan had to be 25 to 30 feet long with at least a 3 foot width. I thought the wing closest to me was going to hit me. It was a Thunderbird for sure.” - Bruce Cook

Massive Birds in California: Natural or Something Else?

Posted: 07 Jun 2019 01:11 PM PDT 

“I saw a bird in California on the western slope of the southern Sierra foothills that was so huge that my brain could not even register what I was looking at. The first few moments that I looked at it, my brain was trying to register it as a guy in a condor suit, or some kind of man made device that looked like a giant condor, but it wouldn't hold in my mind because it was up in the air hovering in place in the wind while batting its massive wings. So its body was a little bigger than the average sized man. I ended up thinking of it as a condor and just thought they must be bigger than I thought. That bird was huge enough that it could probably fly way up in the air and glide from the mountains where I was straight over to the pacific coast and channel islands in no time, and I think that's what it did because I don't know what it could possibly eat except dead whales, sharks, dolphins, sea lions etc., but the area I saw it in was full of open range cattle which die on the range all the time, and it was a place that blew forty mile an hour winds every day for the bird to ride on.” - Stuart Johnson

“One summer vacation, when I was a kid in the sixties, my dad took the whole family on a camping trip on the nether side of Folsom Lake, in California (east of Sacramento). And, on a hike by myself one day, I saw a bird perched on a tree trunk. Not on a branch or a twig: the trunk. Because it was fully five feet long from the tip of his tail feathers to the top of his head. And it looked like a brownish grey hawk or eagle, or something like that. Not buzzardly or vulturish or condorlike. But five feet long. I didn't ever get to see the wingspan. I just watched it for a while and didn't actually feel much like stirring it up just to see it fly. I just hiked back to the camp, eventually, and never even mentioned it to my parents. Because I was nine or ten or something, and there was no way they were ever going to believe me, anyway, so.” - Dwylbtzle Dwylbtzle

“I went in my backyard in Squirrel Valley, California. There was no light and the sound of it was as big as these Thunderbirds are described. I never saw a damn thing but the sound of its wings was unquestionably bigger than me and I was in 7th grade. We had all gravel in my backyard and I was just laying on my back trying so hard to see anything in the black night. It stayed there for a good couple minutes and it flew off and I was so mad, I couldn't see a thing. I didn't even care to tell anyone. Every flap of his wings was impossible to believe. I guess I doubted myself and I thought I'd hear an eagle or something later in life that would explain that night but I don't think I ever will." - Gary York

“I remember the summer the Silverado Canyons in California caught fire. There was the freakiest large bird. It had huge crawls, a sharp beak that would put fear in any animal 150 lbs or less. I wouldn't turn my back on that bird. It was hunting to eat. It ended up looking at my pitbulls to maybe attack one. It was just sitting on the fence daring one of my pits to attack it. My pits were smart enough not to separate until I threw something at it to make leave. It didn't leave far either. It wanted one of my pits. My pits have killed other animals in the backyard too. But this bird was a monster to my pits.” - BBB

Massive Birds Observed in Alabama, Missouri and Kentucky

Posted: 04 Jun 2019 10:30 AM PDT 

“I used to live in Springville, Alabama. About 8 years ago (2010), during a cold winter spell, I woke up early one morning and looked out my front window. About 30 yards away, I saw three extremely large black birds by the rear fence. Two were on the ground, walking around by the frozen pond. The third was standing on a fencepost with its wings outstretched, I think to catch the morning sun to warm up. They were all black with immense rectangular wings. The neck was long, very vulture-like, but thickly feathered. I grabbed my camera and tried to stealthily open the door to get a picture, but the birds all took off before I could get outside to get a picture. I grabbed a measuring tape and went down to get an idea just how big these things were. The one I'd seen on the fencepost gave me the best measurements. I traced the wingspan on the fence and determined the wingspan was 18 1/2 feet!!! I was raised in Kansas and had seen vultures, eagles and hawks all my life, but I have NEVER seen any bird that large. I've never seen them again. I hope the next time I do, I and my camera are ready.” Rick Lambott

“When my nephew was around 10 years old, he was hanging out with his friend at his friend's house out in the country. They were outside by a car talking, when they noticed a large shadow above. They looked up and saw a large black bird. He said it was the size of a small plane. He is 30 years old now and is still amazed at what he saw. He had never heard about Thunderbirds. I told he had seen the legendary Thunderbird. This was in Northeast Missouri. I have never seen one myself. I told him he was lucky to see one." Sharrie F

“In Frenchburg, Kentucky I witnessed a four-foot-tall woodpecker; red head, black, with four white rings around the bottom of the wings. It was in 1989, June. It had landed on top of a building across from the building I was walking out of! Where I live now." BK

Huge Thunderbirds Encountered in California's Trinity Alps Wilderness 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

“I live in the Trinity Alps Wilderness of California. I have had two encounters with Thunderbirds up close and personal. The first was for about 10 minutes at a distance of 200 to 500 feet while it circled overhead. The second time one flew past me at a distance of about 15 feet. If I had any idea how big it was, I would have tried to shoot down the first one because I had time to get a gun. The one who flew past me was as big as I am, and the wings were 22 to 23 feet long as it flew between the trees on the driveway. It tucked in its wings to pass through the trees. I measured the trees and they are 30 feet apart. The birds looked like eagles except for the size and wing shape. The wings were straight from root to tip with no gaps at the end between the feathers. The wing tips were round, which is unusual for most birds. Other than size, the birds were not unusual in any way.” - HA

Monday, June 24, 2019

The 100-Year-Old Idea That Could Change Flight

This may well be faster than you think.  Innovation can start small and be applied briskly because the idea to manufactured item is today about as good as it gets.

Once the potential is properly understood, design is not far behind.

That is why we are seeing a flood of novel aircraft now..

The 100-Year-Old Idea That Could Change Flight
Inspired by birds, bats, and the Wright brothers, engineers are building the next breakthrough in aviation. 

By Charles Choi 

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Since at least the myth of Icarus, wings seen in nature have inspired humanity’s dreams of flight. In the more than a century since the Wright brothers flew the first airplane, Flyer 1, people have begun making these fantasies a reality, flying high enough above the Earth to make it all the way to the moon.

However, in many ways, nature still has much to teach aircraft designers. For instance, while airplanes now often break the sound barrier, their stiff wings limit their performance. In contrast, the wings of bats and birds can alter their shapes, helping them fly more efficiently and granting them the versatility to cruise, maneuver, and dive as needed.


Modern aircraft rely on hinged flaps such as ailerons, rudders, slats, and tabs on their wings for controlled flight.

Now, aerospace engineers from a number of different institutions are developing morphing wings, including ones that can bend and flex much like the wings of bats and birds and are covered by skins of overlapping pieces that resemble scales and feathers. “I would say there are at least 10 groups worldwide working on different approaches to morphing,” says Daniel Inman, chair of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and one of the many engineers investigating morphing wings. This biological mimicry extends into the very airframes of these wings—they are made of modules, a bit like how animals are made of cells. This new approach could lead to a wide range of new aircraft and other morphing robots.

Nowadays, conventional aircraft rely on hinged flaps such as ailerons, rudders, slats, and tabs on their wings to help them control the way they roll, pitch, and yaw as they fly. While these new morphing wings rely on cutting edge materials science and computer-aided control systems, the way they work has not changed for decades.

The world’s very first airplane, the Wright brothers’ Flyer 1, did not have hinged flaps like modern aircraft. Instead, it used wires and pulleys that bent and twisted the aircraft’s pliant wood-and-canvas wings. Essentially, Flyer 1 had primitive morphing wings. 

All About G Forces Wilbur and Orville Wright's first flight, seen here, was controlled using primitive morphing wings.

“They were trying to create as lightweight a structure as they could, and given that it was flexible, they utilized that flexibility. That was an amazing innovation to see,” says Kenneth Cheung, a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, and another engineer developing morphing wings.

Though the new wings draw inspiration from the Wright brothers’, they are far more sophisticated, promising to improve the efficiency, agility, and stealth of future aircraft. What’s more, they could be far easier—and cheaper—to produce.

The Wright brothers’ warping wings went out of style once airplanes got faster. Wood-and-canvas wings fare poorly at high speeds, so engineers substituted stiffer materials, which required wings with hinged flaps.

Still, the kind of flexible wings seen in nature have long tantalized scientists for the benefits they can provide. Birds and bats can greatly vary the shape of their wings, helping them rapidly switch between a variety of tasks in complex environments. For instance, falcons can save energy loitering aloft until they see prey, at which point they can adopt a strike configuration to swoop downwards, adjusting their wings at the last second to help them deftly capture desperately jinking prey. 


A closeup of a morphing wing

Although stiff aircraft wings are each designed for optimal flight at one speed and one angle of attack—the angle between the wing and the direction of the airflow—they do not behave as well at other speeds or angles of attack, Inman explained. For example, commercial airliners have wings that sweep moderately toward the rear, while the wings of many jet fighters sweep much farther back to enable supersonic speeds.

The hinged flaps needed to control flight also create gaps at the edge of wings. This can lead to turbulent airflow, and “turbulence tends to increases drag on the wing, reducing fuel efficiency,” Inman says. “A morphing or shape-changing wing has the potential for being optimal across all flight conditions, thus reducing fuel consumption,” Inman says.

In addition, the absence of tilted surfaces and sharp edges on morphing aircraft could reduce their visibility and radar signature, thus enhancing their stealth properties.

For decades, scientists have sought to develop aircraft with varying levels of ability to change the shape of their wings. For instance, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, first flown in 1970, could alter the angle at which its wings swept back. At lower speeds, the wings swing forward to help provide lift, and as velocity increases, the wings swing backward to allow a high-speed cruise that consumes less fuel.

Most previous attempts to develop morphing wings that can flex relied on adding mechanical control structures within the wings. These add weight, complexity and cost, usually offsetting any benefits that morphing could provide.


A tube running the length of the wing twists the tips to control the aircraft.

The main advance underlying the morphing aircraft from Cheung and his colleagues involves not adding new control mechanisms into the wings, as has often been tried with previous morphing aircraft. Instead, “we’re turning the wing into the control mechanism,” says physicist Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT and Cheung’s former advisor.

The new morphing wings came about when Spirit AeroSystems, a major supplier to aerospace titans such as Boeing and Airbus, approached Cheung, Gershenfeld, and their colleagues and “asked us if we could 3D-print an entire aircraft,” Cheung says. Instead of 3D printing, Gershenfeld, Cheung, and their colleagues had long explored building objects from Lego-like parts. “Just as electronic hardware in essence is built from a few kinds of components, so too were we trying to think about how physical and even mechanical systems could be constructed using the building-block method,” Cheung says. Just as birds and bats are made of cells, “so, too, is this a cellular approach,” he adds.

 “We’re turning the wing into the control mechanism.”

The interior of each new wing that Cheung, Gershenfeld, and their colleagues developed consists of a system of tiny, strong, lightweight modules made of black carbon-fiber composites. “We take sheets of solid material and use water-jets to cut shapes out of it that can snap together into little diamond or square shapes that are hollow in the middle,” Cheung says. “Imagine each of these shapes as Legos stacked together as 3D structures, but with excess material taken out of each Lego. Put together, it looks like foam.”

Some of the modules in these structures are rigid, while others are relatively flexible. For instance, the 12-sided dodecahedral modules are easier to deform than eight-sided octohedral ones, and modules consisting of thinner struts are naturally easier to squash than ones made of thicker struts, Cheung says.

The rigidity or flexibility of each module influences how a wing flexes when force is applied to it. Through a tube reaching across the wing to each wingtip, a small motor located in the center of an aircraft can apply twisting pressure to change the shape of each wing uniformly along its length.

To accommodate that flexing, the exteriors of these new wings are covered in orange artificial “skins” made of overlapping strips of flexible resin that resemble fish scales or bird feathers. These strips are attached to the wings via steel retaining pins and slide across each other as the wings change shape, providing a smooth outer surface.

In wind-tunnel tests, a radio-controlled aircraft equipped with these new morphing wings matched the aerodynamic properties of a comparable standard aircraft, but at just roughly one-tenth the weight. “The test pilot said it handled just like a good aircraft — it flew straight and level when he wanted, turned when he wanted, went where he wanted it to go,” Cheung says. “He even did some acrobatics with it.” 

Simplify, Simplify

Ultimately the goal is to not just build morphing wings, “but to progress to a whole aircraft whose shape you can deform,” Gershenfeld says. Cheung adds that a virtue of building an entire airplane using their approach is potentially much greater simplicity.

“A Boeing 747 has about 6 million parts,” Cheung says. “About 3 million of those are rivets, and let’s say they’re all the same rivet, although they are not. Of the remaining 3 million parts, on the order of 1 million are unique parts. In contrast, we’ve estimated that, to build an aircraft with our method that serves the same function, you’d probably need several times more parts, maybe 30 million, but instead of 1 million unique parts, we’re talking about fewer than 1,000 unique parts as a rough estimate. Having that much fewer unique parts is a huge benefit since they are easier to mass manufacture and replace or repair.”

A number of major companies have expressed interest in this new work. “Airbus is actively involved, as is Moog in Buffalo, which works on control systems for all major aircraft companies from cockpit to tail,” Cheung says.

Several other groups around the world are developing their own style of morphing aircraft. For example, Inman and his colleagues have received roughly $6 million in funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to spend five years investigating bird-inspired morphing vehicles.

“We have three bird biologists in our group, and we’re looking at many different kinds of birds to understand their aerodynamics and integrate what we learn into small aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, from radio-controlled planes up to the Predator drone,” Inman says. 


Cheung and Gershenfeld's morphing wing is built with small, repeated modules and covered with flexible resin scales.

Instead of using simple tugs to control the wings, Inman and his colleagues are investigating piezoelectric materials that convert electricity into physical movement as well as shape memory alloys that change shape when supplied with electricity. “We also have funding from some automotive companies to look at morphing as a way to increase fuel economy of road vehicles,” Inman says.

All morphing aircraft research currently underway will take a long time before it helps build passenger jets, due to the highly risk-averse nature of the passenger aircraft industry. “The best-case scenario that anyone in commercial aviation will ever give you is that it will take 30 years before you see something new in an airport,” Cheung says.

Instead, in the near-term, he says they are focusing on creating new unmanned morphing aircraft. If they succeed, morphing-wing drones may be able to stay aloft efficiently for long times to deliver medicine or wireless phone or internet access to far-off areas, Gershenfeld says.

In the long run, Gershenfeld says that such research extends well beyond aviation, possibly leading to wind turbines driven by giant morphing rotors that are better at collecting wind power than conventional machines. It could also inspire to robotic arms, legs, and bodies whose shapes can bend continuously across their entire length, instead of at fixed joints. “You could one day have boats or submarines that swim more like fish, as well as planes that fly more like birds,” Cheung says.

In a way, any future menagerie of animal-inspired morphing robots will owe much of its success to the flexing wings of the Wright brothers. “All aviation is following in the footsteps of the Wright brothers,” Cheung says. “They were the first to show that flexing wings worked.”

The Case for walking

The best take home that is good for everyone is to consciously walk briskly for about twenty minutes every day.  This can be obviously fitted into our routines and that will also trigger a reminder as well.  It may be your daily trip to a store or your walk from a parking spot to your office.  Most of those are typically ten minutes.

It all provides a base of physical activity that encourages the whole body to shift up a notch.

Since I have convinced myself that I am in training to do the Camino, I did a real ten mile walk this past weekend in four hours.  Doing that, things become possible.  Yet once a week allows ample Restoration.  Again twenty minutes is not overkill for a brisk walk..

The Case for Walking

Small steps yield big benefits

Robert Roy Britt

Jun 14

Some people get a little fanatical about their exercise. Take I-Min Lee. She walks routinely instead of driving, and she runs regularly. Lee wears a step counter and is “a little obsessed” with keeping track. “This makes me understand how the little things we do during the day can add up to quite a large total number of steps,” the 59-year-old says. Lee admits she has more motivation than the average person. “After all,” she says, “would you listen to a researcher who does not practice what she studies?”

Lee is an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts who focuses on how physical activity can promote health and prevent chronic disease. Her latest study is actually about steps. Specifically: How many, or how few, an older person needs to take on a daily basis to reap significant health perks.

Along with several other studies out this year, the results reveal the incredible power of simply doing what humans have done since we stopped swinging from trees. And Lee’s results seem to debunk a myth so common it’s programmed into our lives.

For decades, experts have advised us to take 10,000 steps a day for better health. The number is even coded into fitness trackers as a goal. It’s not entirely clear where it came from, though it seems to have originated in the 1960s with Japanese pedometers called manpo-kei, which translates to “10,000 steps meter,” Lee and others say.

Lee wondered if 10,000 was some magic number.

Figuring things like this out is not easy. Most studies on the long-term value of physical activity, if they occur outside a controlled, laboratory setting, rely on self-reporting, which is often inaccurate. Lee and her colleagues solved that by examining data on 16,741 women, ages 62 to 101, who wore accelerometers to measure their movement for a seven-day period during a multi-year study on other aspects of their health.

During four years of follow-up, 504 of the women in the study died. More than half of that group — 275 — had walked only 2,700 steps a day during their test periods. Those who walked more but still a modest amount — 4,400 steps a day — were at 41 percent lower risk of death. The risk of dying prematurely continue to drop up to 7,500 steps a day, then leveled off.

And here’s a kicker: Among people who took the same number of steps during the day, how slow or fast they walked did not matter.

“For many older people, or inactive persons, 10,000 steps/day can be a very daunting goal,” Lee says in an email. She’s got a prescription, based on the study results: “If you are inactive, just adding a very modest number of steps a day — say, an additional 2,000 steps extra — can be very beneficial for your health… you don’t need to get to 10,000.” And, she adds, don’t think of the steps as “exercise.” Any ol’ ambling will do. For example, she suggests, rather than finding the closest parking spot at the grocery store or at a concert, “park at the first spot you can” and hoof it over.

The results were published May 29 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Oh, and guys? A bit of walking should be just as good for you, too.

“I believe the findings are applicable to men of similar age,” Lee says, “because previous research into physical activity and its benefits for preventing premature mortality and enhancing longevity (which are primarily studies using self-reported physical activity, rather than the device measured steps we used) have shown that there are no differences between men and women.”

She figures the findings would also apply to people in their fifties.

Novel and meaningful as Lee’s study is, it does not prove cause-and-effect. Steps may improve health, or healthier people may take more steps. But Lee and her colleagues say the findings are “more likely causal than not,” given that they excluded from the study women with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, plus anyone who rated their health as less than good.

“This study is a great contribution” to the literature showing the value of moderate physical activity, says Tom Yates, who studies the health aspects of physical activity at the University of Leicester.

“I think over the next couple of years we will see a change in the ‘more is better’ mentality that has currently dominated, at least in terms of all-cause mortality,” says Yates, who was not involved in Lee’s work. “At the opposite end of the spectrum, there is also mounting evidence that exercising to excess can be damaging for the heart and course long term damage.”

In May, Yates and his colleagues learned something about walking that is a little different than the results of Lee’s study. People who described themselves as brisk walkers (versus steady or slow) live notably longer, the researchers reported in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study involved 474,919 people with data across seven years. And while the data relied on self-reporting of activity, the results were surprising in one respect: They held regardless of body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage or waist size.

“Fast walkers have a long life expectancy across all categories of obesity status, regardless of how obesity status is measured,” Yates says.

The study establishes a link, but doesn’t prove a cause. Perhaps naturally healthier people are just apt to walk faster. Yates is currently involved in research that will mirror Lee’s study, using objective data, he says.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a brisk pace as being able to talk but not sing while you walk. That’s about 100 steps per minute for most people, according to one recent study. Based on Lee’s research above, that means 44 minutes per day of shuffling along—around the house, at work, or on an evening stroll—to get the health benefits seen at 4,400 steps.

Federal health officials say adults should get at least 2.5 hours weekly (21 minutes a day) of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, plus do some muscle-strengthening exercises. Children and adolescents should get at least one hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Such activity improves everything from mood and energy level to sleep and cognitive abilities, along with blood pressure and other physical health measures, according to the American Heart Association.

Problem is, the vast majority of Americans, young and old, don’t achieve the minimum standards.

Health officials recognize this problem and are beginning to emphasize physical activity over the torture of exercise. In fact, in the latest federal guidelines from the Department of Health & Human Services, the word “exercise” appears once, versus 40 instances of “physical activity.”

And despite a dearth of research on walking and childhood health, the federal government now targets youth with the “walking is good” message, too. As video games replace outdoor play and PE classes get canceled across the country, inactivity has become the norm and obesity rates continue to rise. Nearly half of youth age 12 to 21 are not vigorously active on a regular basis, according to the Surgeon General, and by high school only a quarter of students meet the minimum threshold of recommended activity.

So now, the Surgeon General has this message for kids and adolescents (and their parents):

“Physical activity need not be strenuous to be beneficial. Moderate amounts of daily physical activity are recommended for people of all ages. This amount can be obtained in longer sessions of moderately intense activities, such as brisk walking for 30 minutes, or in shorter sessions of more intense activities, such as jogging or playing basketball for 15–20 minutes.”

The Surgeon General’s Step it Up! program even calls for schools to create programs and policies that promote walking to school and walking throughout the school day.

While research suggests inactivity in youth sets a pattern liable to persist for life, other research finds it’s never too late to become active and enjoy at least a good chunk of the benefits: While a lifetime of physical activity is most beneficial at extending life, one study finds, sedentary people who become active in midlife can see their mortality risk drop by 30 to 35%.

Walking and other forms of moderate physical activity aren’t just good for the body but can also boost brain power, many studies have shown.

Columbia University researcher Yaakov Stern took 132 people who were not exercising, ranging in age from 20 to 67, and split them into two groups. One did stretching and toning for six months. The other group engaged in moderate aerobic exercise four times a week, including walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike. Then everyone took a test to measure executive function, the ability to pay attention, organize and achieve goals.

“The people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60,” Stern says. The results were presented in January in the online version of the journal Neurology.

Scientists don’t know exactly how physical activity benefits the brain, but it has been shown to boost mood, reduce stress and help improve sleep — things that are in turn known to improve brain power. When we exercise, chemicals are released in the brain that keep brain cells healthy and grow new blood vessels, according to Harvard Medical School.

When one group of researchers reviewed 14 controlled trials that examined the effects of aerobic exercise on the hippocampus, a brain region involved in verbal memory and learning, they found “significant positive effects on left hippocampal volume” compared to those who didn’t exercise. More brain, more brain power.

Moderate physical activity can also combat depression and even fuel happiness.

Research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in January used accelerometers to measure activity, along with DNA analysis. “Using genetic data, we found evidence that higher levels of physical activity may causally reduce risk for depression,” says Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Karmel Choi, lead author of the study. And it doesn’t take a lot. “Any activity appears to be better than none,” Choi says.

None of this is a knock on vigorous exercise. The health benefits from intense physical activity, even short but intense aerobic efforts or challenging weightlifting sessions as brief as 13 minutes, are well demonstrated. If that’s your thing, stick with it, so long as you don’t overdo. As the CDC puts it: “Greater amounts of physical activity are even more beneficial, up to a point. Excessive amounts of physical activity can lead to injuries, menstrual abnormalities, and bone weakening.”

But if the very word “exercise” gives you hives, then forget the Spandex and the hundred-dollar shoes, cancel that unused gym membership, and donate that rusty aerobic contraption to charity. Then go for a walk.

Black Hounds, Black Shucks & Devil Dogs

 This is the European lore.  This creature remains on all fours and is never seen upright.  Otherwise its behavior does closely mimic that of the Giant Sloth although it may not stalk humans and may be much more wary.

Recall that we had a report of three such creatures cleaning up a battlefield in Normandy to take advantage of the opportunity to gather flesh for maggot production.  So they have been seen in daylight.

What is abundantly clear is that these creatures avoid human contact generally and do their travel and hunting mostly at night.

Throw in the known ability to make them selves unseeable and it is little surprise they have remained almost legendary..

Still Roaming About: Black Hounds, Black Shucks & Devil Dogs

Monday, June 17, 2019

The following information was posted several years ago. I thought I'd update a bit and then repost. Even though there has been a strong influx of bipedal canine sightings in recent years, there has also been a steady number of phantom black dog reports in the UK, as well as a few in the US:

express - The fiery red eyes and the blood-curdling howls of ghostly Black Dogs have long haunted the pages of British literature.

From Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles to the sinister Padfoot in the tales of Harry Potter, time and again nail-biting stories have been woven around the legend of mythical huge dogs.

Whether such tales are just fiction is now open to doubt.

In recent years reports have continued to emerge of wolf-like Black Dogs seen roaming the country. Now zoologists and experts in the paranormal are calling for a probe to prove their existence.

Richard Freeman, zoological director at the Centre for Fortean Zoology in Bideford, Devon, said Black Dogs have been reported in Britain, across Europe and in South America. He said: “I would welcome support for a thorough investigation into their existence.

“If one could be captured on film or filmed with a thermal camera it might give us a clue to the nature of these creatures.” A report in this month’s Countryfile magazine details the legend of more than a dozen Black Dogs with such wild names as the Yell Hound of Devon, the Lean Dog of Tring, the Padfoot of Wakefield, the Gurt Dog of the Quantocks, Mauthe Dhoog of the Isle of Man and the Gwyligi of Wales.

Dr Simon Sherwood, senior lecturer in psychology, director of the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes at the University of Northampton, said: “Sightings of Black Dogs are certainly not just legendary accounts from hundreds of years ago. I still receive accounts from people who have been looking for information about similar sightings and have come across my website.

“I have probably collected about 50 or 60 accounts from around the world over the past 10 years or so and some of these are recent sightings.”**********

The Black Hounds of England


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' that featured Detective Sherlock Holmes was spun from the legend of mythical huge dogs

Sightings of the Black Hound have been reported all over England since the early 1500’s up until the present day. The Black Hound is often described as an abnormally large jet black dog the size of a cow or a bear, with large claws, fangs, matted or shaggy fur and glowing red eyes.

Many believe the Black Hound to be a beast, however as folklore goes the Black Hound is believed to be a phantom or ghost dog. The Black Hound is mostly a nocturnal apparition, often said to be associated with the Devil. Most common sightings of the Black Hound are at points that act like boundaries such as gates, fences, hedges, bridges, roads, paths and many sightings at graveyards and burial grounds.

Folklore claims that the Black Hounds travel leylines, these are essentially paths that the spirits are said to travel. In old folklore the leylines are said to connect graveyards and lead to the spirit world. 

The Black Hound is seen as an omen of death.

There are lots of stories about Black Hounds terrorising villages and attacking travellers, not many of which report sounds from the beast that are out of the ordinary, however some have reported a terrifying howl and even that the hound was maniacally laughing.

Accounts of the Black Hounds attacking aren’t uncommon. Suffolk, UK 1577, one Sunday it is claimed a Black Hound made its way into a church, two men who were touched by the beast fell down dead and a third man seemed to have died from severe burns.

Another account tells also of a Black Hound entering a town hall and physically killing two men before escaping.

Even now there are common sightings of the Black Hound. In 2003 a teenager reported seeing a Black Hound when on his way home around midnight, apparently the hound was seen lurking around the bottom of a tree next to a hedge (boundary) and was described as a large Black Hound with matted fur just a little smaller than a cow.

Other phantom dogs are more benevolent and stories exist of people being helped from tight spots. For example Augustus Hare in his book 'In My Solitary Life' recounts a common tale he heard about a man called Johnnie Greenwood, of Swancliffe. Johnnie had to ride through a wood in darkness for a mile to get to where he was going. At the entrance of the wood he was joined by a black dog, it pattered beside him until he emerged from the trees, whereupon it disappeared as quickly as it had arrived.

On his return journey through the wood, the dog joined him again on the dark woodland path, and disappeared mysteriously when he emerged. Apparently, some years later, two prisoners condemned to death confessed that they had decided to rob and murder Johnny that night in the wood, but the presence of the large black dog had stopped them.

Black dogs are also seen as guardians of treasure, especially in Scotland. A black dog was said to guard treasure buried under a standing stone near Murthley in Perthshire, here we have an account of a black dog at an ancient site and as a guardian of treasure.

In summary it seems that the phenomena of phantom dogs is a complex mix of folklore, sightings, and local superstition, which has roots reaching far into the past. There are probably a myriad of different explanations for modern sightings, and a phantom black dog is a powerful archetype, incorporated into modern stories such as the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' by Arthur Conan Doyle. We hope to delve into the mystery further in the future, including some of the many folk tales associated with them.

REPORTS: Sightings of the Black Hound, Black Shuck or Devil Dog

Large HoundLocation: A684 (Yorkshire) - Between Northallerton and Leeming BarType: ShuckDate / Time: Summer 2001, between 20:00h - 22:00hFurther Comments: A large black dog ran in front of two women travelling to Leeming Bar by car. The driver closed her eyes and braked hard, expecting to hit the creature. The passenger watched the hound pass through the bonnet, and noticed the creature had no facial features, floppy ears, and was shadow-like. A man that the women spoke to once they reached their destination later killed himself - was the hound a portent?

Red Eyed DogLocation: Ailsworth (Northamptonshire) - General areaType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: This huge hound possesses eyes that burn as bright as the sun, making the creature easy to spot if he tries to sneak up on you.

Running HoundLocation: Alfriston (Sussex) - Between the Downs and Town FieldsType: ShuckDate / Time: Full Moon (reoccurring)Further Comments: A large black dog is said to run from the Downs to Town Fields - here it stares over a flint wall before retreating the way it came.

White DogLocation: Alfriston (Sussex) - The White Way, road leading from the town towards SeafordType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: This creature is reportedly the dog of a young man murdered while out walking during the 1700s - because the pitiful hound sat by the victim's shallow grave, the criminals killed it also. The haunting is said to have ceased after the bodies of dog and owner were discovered when the road was widened.

Long Necked DogLocation: Algarkirk (Lincolnshire) - Area around the village churchType: Shuck
Date / Time: Twentieth century?Further Comments: This black dog was described by a witness as being tall and lean, with a long neck and a protruding muzzle. The hound is not regarded here as an ill omen.

Dog in TreesLocation: Algarkirk (Lincolnshire) - ChurchType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: This large black hound was seen between three trees that grow close to the religious house.

HoundLocation: Allington (Wiltshire) - Area between village and All CanningsType: ShuckDate / Time: Early twentieth centuryFurther Comments: The story of the black dog was used to frighten children in this area. One man may have been chased by the creature (though it was dark and stated it might have been a pony), while another couple who spotted the hound said it stood almost as tall as their pony.

Grey GreyhoundLocation: Alphamstone (Essex) - Sycamore FarmType: ShuckDate / Time: One night during the late '40s.Further Comments: After seeing a creature in his chicken coop, a farmer fired a shotgun at the creature - it ran through the wire netting and escaped. Examining the scene in the morning, the farmer could find no holes in the netting or footprints of the dog.

Black DogLocation: Alveston (Warwickshire) - Exact location not knownType: ShuckDate / Time: Late Nineteenth CenturyFurther Comments: Charles Walton (the same man who was murdered in Lower Quinton (see Quinton database entry for further information)) claimed to have seen a phantom black dog for several successive nights when he was younger - on the last night, instead of the dog, he saw a ghostly headless woman. He soon heard that his sister had died at roughly the same time as the last sighting.

DogLocation: Amlwch (Wales) - Stone circle between village & St Ellian ChurchType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: A phantom hound is said to haunt this prehistoric site.

BarguestLocation: Appletreewick (Yorkshire) - Trollers Gill (or Ghyll)Type: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: Possessing glowing red eyes and a yellow tint to its fur, the dog-like barguest is a harbinger of doom.

Shaggy DogLocation: Ascot (Berkshire) - Old Huntsman's HouseType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: It has been reported that this house is haunted by a sheepdog-looking entity, which has also been heard barking. A man in a red coat was also said once to haunt the site.

Black DogLocation: Ayr (Ayrshire) - Wooded areasType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: Mistakenly blamed for killing a child, it was later discovered that the dog had tried to defend the infant from a wolf (a la Gelert). However, this hound was less forgiving for its former master's murderous action and now runs around the dense woodland.

Webbed Footed HoundLocation: Baildon (Yorkshire) - Slaughter LaneType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: A large dog with eyes the size of saucers once haunted this area.

Monkey-faced ShuckLocation: Balsham (Cambridgeshire) - Wratting RoadType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: For reasons unknown, the shuck which has been observed in this area is believed to have a bald head and wide eyes, similar to that of a monkey, while the body is that of a large black shaggy dog. It leaps out in front of cars travelling along this road, only to dart out of the way at the last possible second, either on all four legs or standing upright.

Black CollieLocation: Barberbooth (Derbyshire) - General areaType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: This phantom dog stands as tall as a very large collie, and is said to belong to the fairies.

Rough Coated Dog with Large Yellow EyesLocation: Barham (Suffolk) - Along the main Norwich Road, Barham Church Lane, just past Barham Hall gates.Type: ShuckDate / Time: 1910s?Further Comments: The dog harassed a couple of men walking back from work - one of them reported trying to hit the creature with a stick, but the piece of wood passed straight through the dog's body. Another version of the story states the dog disappears into a solid wall.

Shuck HauntLocation: Barnby (Suffolk) - Bridge over Hundred StreamType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: Legend states the stream to be the haunt of a Shuck, though no further information could be found.

Chained HoundLocation: Batcombe (Somerset) - Gold HillType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: Buried in nearby woodland by an owner, this phantom hound is now reputed to roam the area, a large chain around its neck.

White DogLocation: Beccles (Suffolk) - CemeteryType: ShuckDate / Time: 1974Further Comments: A woman passing through the cemetery watched a large white dog as it faded away in front of her.

Red Eyed HoundLocation: Beckingham (Nottinghamshire) - Old Trent RoadType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: This large black dog with glowing eyes is said to have driven a local farmer mad after the man tried to block the creature's path. The farmer was also left almost completely paralysed. The hound is said to walk from the churchyard to nearby marshland before fading from view.

CapelthwaiteLocation: Beetham (Cumbria) - General area near the river BelaType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: Also known as a Cappel, this spirit is said to be able to transform into any four legged creature, though it prefers the form of a dog. A local vicar is said to have banished it into the river Bela.

Headless HoundLocation: Beetham (Cumbria) - Between village and Milnthrope, and surrounding countrysideType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: It is said that if this large creature follows you, death is not far behind.

Black DogLocation: Belchalwell (Dorset) - Unnamed gate in the area (still standing?)Type: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: A particular gate in the area was said to be home to a black dog once the sun went down.

Glowing Mouthed HoundsLocation: Birstall (Leicestershire) - General AreaType: ShuckDate / Time: UnknownFurther Comments: The locals here say their devil dogs, known as Shag Dogs, have a glow that emanates from the inside of their mouths.

Corporations Suddenly Realize That Once-Coveted Millennials Are A "Screwed Generation"

The fact is that excess student debt naturally postpones investment at the time they are most vulnerable.  Thus they pause.  And the cash flow is not there even when they have a job. 

Now after saying all that, it could be changing with recently surging employment.

If this has only been an induced pause as makes sense, then we should see a sharp surge in spending as they do acquire homes and cars and all that.

However they will be fiscally more conservative not unlike the Depression generation of the past.

Corporations Suddenly Realize That Once-Coveted Millennials Are A "Screwed Generation"


by Tyler Durden
Sun, 06/16/2019 - 09:52 


Right now, millennials represent the largest single consumer group in the United States: they number 83.1 million and they represent a full quarter of the US population. When it comes to corporations targeting consumers, millennials are at the top of the list for those obvious reasons, according to a new article by Adweek. But now, generational expert Alexis Abramson, who has 25 years experience in the field, is claiming that corporations aren’t getting the ROI that they anticipated from millennials.

“There was a great deal of interest [in millennials], but there wasn’t as much due diligence around that group," she said. "We’ve generalized them as a certain type of person, [but] the reality is the rubber is meeting the road. Companies are starting to understand, 'Wow, we’re not getting the ROI we thought we might’.”

Her analysis is part of a growing group of evidence that suggests that millennials haven’t been the consumer boon that many corporations expected them to be. Their appeal remains that they are digitally native, mobile oriented, media savvy, politically progressive and well educated. But there’s just one problem: almost none of them seem to have the inly asset corporations care about: disposable cash.

This is one of the top takeaways of a brand new study from Deloitte’s Center for Consumer Insight, which surveyed over 4,000 American consumers to determine their current consuming habits. The survey found that since 1996, the average net worth of consumers under 35 has dropped by an astonishing 35%.

Kasey Lobaugh, Deloitte’s chief innovation officer for retail and distribution was extremely surprised by the data, especially given that companies have been busy focusing on millennial spending habits.

"[If] you think about the narrative in the marketplace around the changing consumer and the millennial, there’s very little focus on the behaviors that are driven by economics. There’s a narrative driven by some kind of cultural change. One of the things that really shocked me is that the economics of the consumer are really the most singular driver of behavior."

Millennials have been generalized and targeted because of statements like this one, from the Obama White House in 2014: “Millennials are a technologically connected, diverse and tolerant generation. The priority that millennials place on creativity and innovation augurs well for future economic growth, while their unprecedented enthusiasm for technology has the potential to bring change to traditional economic institutions as well as the labor market.”

But now that millennials have been part of the labor market for over a decade, the sad reality of their buying power has hit potential sellers like a ton of bricks. Spending, per se, isn't the issue: Millennials spend about $600 billion a year and are on track to spend $1.4 trillion by 2020, according to Accenture data. The problem is that they are saddled with large and unavoidable expenses that reduce their overall purchasing power. These expenses primarily include housing and student debt.

The home ownership rate for Americans aged 25-34 was 37% — 8% below the rates for Gen Xers and baby boomers, according to the Urban Institute, in 2015. Ron Cohen, VP of product strategy for consumer analysis firm Claritas said: "Of the 13.5% of millennials that are heads of households, only around 50% of them own their own homes. The other half are renters—many likely with roommates to share rent and other expenses."

Lobaugh said: “We have seen a drop in home ownership. It’s not that the millennial somehow doesn’t want to own assets. But what we lose sight of [is] the bifurcating economy. After the downturn [of 2008], it became harder to get a loan. The population that couldn’t get access? They’re renting now.”

And income inequality remains a major issue.

Author and consultant Dan Schwabel said: “One big issue in our world right now is income inequality, and I think you’re seeing that way more in the younger generation. Largely because of the 2008 recession, millennials had a delayed adulthood, and as a result, they’re making adult decisions later in life.”

He continued: "Millennial consumers want the same things as the older generation, except they have to make short-term financial decisions to have a chance of having that kind of life. And it will take them longer. Not only are they getting paid less, but the big elephant in the room is they have $1.53 trillion in student-loan debt."

Debt, indeed, is the biggest problem facing millennials, despite them being the most educated generation in history:

According to research performed by the George Washington University School of Business, 66% of millennials have more than one type of long-term debt, and nearly half (48%) say they live paycheck to paycheck.

According to Pew research figures, 36% of millennial women and 29% of millennial men have a bachelor’s degree. (For Gen X, those numbers are 28% and 24%, respectively, and for boomers, it’s 20% and 22%.)

Lobaugh continued: "Between 2004 and 2017, student debt rose 160%. Think about that. People are more educated, but we have stagnant wages. The ROI on education isn’t materializing the way they might have hoped."

Considering the forces at work, blogger Mike Shedlock can't help but refer to millennials as: “The screwed generation—that was the term I came up with. I believe they are.”

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Putin, Xi Urge End To MAD World. Lord Russell's Spectre Frowns

Nice sentiment but at least rational.  This is actually getting ahead of the curve but that may well be completely deliberate because it presents willing partners when Trump chooses, or more correctly is able to actually engage.

Understand something completely unimaginable.  Trump's rise is actually informing the collateral rise of a global populist movement supporting local security and GLOBAL SECURITY.  This will be able to isolate local oligarchys which will end the age old game of WAR.  All cultures can find common cause with this.

Throw in the ending of global poverty as well which is possible with the advent of the RULE of TWELVE and we have an evolving economic ecology which is safe for all including former oligarchs as well.

Putin, Xi Urge End To MAD World. Lord Russell's Spectre Frowns


by Tyler Durden.
Mon, 06/17/2019 - 02:00

The spectre of nuclear war has long hung over the world like a nightmarish sword of Damocles offering humanity much cause for despair at the dual nature of science as a beautiful source of creative power that uplifts and ennobles on the one hand and acts as a harbinger of death and chaos on the other.

However, it would be wrong to blame science for the crisis which mankind unlocked with the atom, when the reality is that we have never freed ourselves from the pest of oligarchical systems of rule. Going back to records of the Roman, Persian and Babylon empires, such systems have always sought to manipulate the masses into patterns of behaviour of self-policing and constant conflict.

Whether we are talking about the Crusades, European religious wars, Napoleonic wars, Crimean War, Opium Wars, or WWI and WWII, it has always been the same recipe: Get victims to define their interests around material constraints, diminishing resources, or religious/ethnic/linguistic biases that prevent each person from recognizing their common interests with their neighbor and then get them to fight. Classic divide and conquer.

By the close of WWII, that ancient recipe for managed chaos no longer functioned as a new ingredient was introduced into the geopolitical “great game”. This atomic ingredient was so powerful that those “game masters” managing the affairs of the earth from above like detached Olympian gods, understood that they could now be annihilated as fast as their victims and a new set of rules had to be created post haste. 

Lord Russell’s Nuclear Gamble

A leading representative of the genocidal mind of the British Empire was one Lord Bertrand Russell, 7th generation member of the hereditary elite known today for his celebrated pacifism and profound philosophical depth. It is an uncomfortable fact that this paragon of “logic” and peace was one of the earliest thinkers on record calling for the nuclear annihilation of the Soviet Union in the wake of the surrender of Nazi Germany. Should the Soviet Union not submit to a One World Government, argued Lord Russell in the September 1946 Bulletin for Atomic Scientists, then it would simply have to face a nuclear punishment.

Of course that threat was short lived, as Russia’s surprise announcement of their “cracking the atomic code” broke the monopoly which the Anglo-Americans had been salivating over in 1945 as they watched Japan (whose backchannel surrender had already been negotiated) burn under the shadow of a newly emerging Anglo-American Leviathan.

Lord Russell, then heading the CIA/MI6 Congress for Cultural Freedom (whose goal was to create a new anti-culture of hedonism and irrationalism in the arts during the Cold War) was forced to change tune and instead unleash a new doctrine which came to be known as “Mutually Assured Destruction” (MAD). Russell’s obsession with trying to enslave all of physics to a strict mathematical determinism as displayed in his Principia Mathematica (1910) and his leading role in the CIA’s promotion of abstract art/atonal music under the CCF banner is a useful insight into how societies are managed by oligarchs.

In a BBC interview years after Russell changed his views on a first strike on Russia, the British aristocratic, now-turned anti-nuclear advocate described his change of heart thus:

“Q: Is it true or untrue that in recent years you advocated that a preventive war might be made against communism, against Soviet Russia?”

RUSSELL: It’s entirely true, and I don’t repent of it now. It was not inconsistent with what I think now…. There was a time, just after the last war, when the Americans had a monopoly of nuclear weapons and offered to internationalise nuclear weapons by the Baruch proposal, and I thought this an extremely generous proposal on their part, one which it would be very desirable that the world should accept; not that I advocated a nuclear war, but I did think that great pressure should be put upon Russia to accept the Baruch proposal, and I did think that if they continued to refuse it might be necessary actually to go to war. At that time nuclear weapons existed only on one side, and therefore the odds were the Russians would have given way. I thought they would … .

Q: Suppose they hadn’t given way.

RUSSELL: I thought and hoped that the Russians would give way, but of course you can’t threaten unless you’re prepared to have your bluff called.” 

An End to the MAD World

The new game became “geopolitical balance of terror” under MAD, and in many ways the power it offered an oligarchy was greater than anything a pre-atomic society had to offer. While major wars were no longer desirable (though always a risk in this psychotic game of high stakes poker), asymmetric warfare and regime change became the new “big things” for the next 70 years. A population in constant terror of annihilation created a ripe ground for the spread of a new inquisition under the guidance of a megalomaniac cross-dresser running the FBI. This inquisition purged the west of qualified leaders who were committed to peace between east and west and included great scientists, artists, professors and politicians who watched their careers destroyed as the Deep State grew ever more powerful and atomic bombs more abundant.

While many foolishly celebrated the success of MAD with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of a unipolar world that would supposedly usher in a peaceful “end to history”, others recognised the grand sleight of hand as NATO continued to expand even though WWs raison d’ĂȘtre had disappeared. Yevgeni Primakov and a circle of Russian patriots (which included a rising Vladimir Putin) were among those who saw through the fraud. This network worked diligently with their Asian counterparts to create a foundation for survival which manifested in the form of the G20 in 1999 and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in 2001.

As 2007 began, the wars in the Middle East unleashed after 9-11 had no end in sight, and an intention much darker than many ever imagined was emerging amidst the chaos. A NATO-led Anti-Ballistic Missile shield began construction around Russia’s southern perimeter on Dick Cheney’s initiative and was joined soon thereafter by an “Asia-Pivot” encirclement of China under Obama in 2011. Only the most naive fools then believed that Iran or North Korea were the real reasons for this Hobbesian power grab for a first strike monopoly. Lord Russell’s ghost could be felt across the world threatening a nuclear war if national sovereignty were not abandoned in favor of a world government managed by a “scientific dictatorship”, 

Russia and China Call to Control the Fiery Serpent

President Putin along with Sergei Lavrov and President Xi Jinping have signalled an end to the era of MAD with an important call for a new international security doctrine based upon a “new operating system”.

Coming out of the St. Petersburg Economic Summit on June 6, Putin said:

“if we do not keep this ‘fiery serpent under control- if we let it out of the bottle, God forbid, this could lead to global catastrophe. Everyone is pretending to be deaf, blind or dyslexic. We have to react to this somehow, don’t we? Clearly so.”

Putin’s words were amplified by Sergei Lavrov on June 11 speaking at the Primakov Readings 2019 conference in Moscow which brought together diplomats, experts and politicians from 30 countries on the theme of “Returning to Confrontation: Are there Any Alternatives?” Lavrov said:

“It is of principle importance that Russia and the U.S. calm the rest of the world and pass a joint statement at a high level that there can be no victory in a nuclear war and therefore it is unacceptable and inadmissible. We do not understand why they cannot reconfirm this position now. Our proposal is being considered by the U.S. side.”

Since putting themselves between an Anglo-American firing squad and the nations of Syria and Venezuela, in tandem with the surprising unveiling of an array of new military technologies in March 2018, Putin has transformed the geopolitical “rules of the game” so that Lavrov’s proposal is now a real possibility. The new technologies unveiled by Russia in 2018 include supersonic missiles, underwater drones and other nuclear powered rockets that guarantee Russia’s retaliatory attack capability should anyone be stupid enough to launch a first strike against Russia. 

The BRI and the New Operating System

The St. Petersburg Economic Summit from June 5-6 not only saw 19 000 participants from 145 countries signing $47.8 billion in agreements, but also featured an important meeting by China’s Xi Jinping and Putin who described their relationship as the best of friends and locked their nations ever more deeply into the new operating framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which is quickly extending into the Arctic.

This meeting will be carried to a yet higher level with the June 13-14 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan which will integrate Eurasian nations ever more into the BRI. Putin and Xi will not only meet at this summit once again, but will also be joined by India’s newly re-elected Narendra Modi, whose participation is vital for the re-organisation of the world system.

After the SCO summit, the world will await the potential meeting at the June 28-29 G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, where U.S. President Donald Trump has indicated his desire to meet with all three leaders for bilateral negotiations. Many onlookers have criticised the idea that Trump could actually desire an honest meeting, but Lavrov has indicated his higher understanding of the strategic complexity in America by making the point in a June 6 interviewthat President Trump’s failures to build constructive relations with Russia are due to sabotage by forces embedded within the government when he said:

“Certain US politicians, including those who tied President Trump’s hands, not allowing him to deliver on his campaign promises to normalise and improve relations with Russia, are still unable to accept this fact.”

In fact at a June 12 press conference alongside the President of Poland, Trump was pressed by a reporter to take a hard line against Russia who is apparently “threatening Poland”. While paying lip service to the Russia=bully narrative, Trump ended his response saying “I hope that Poland is going to have a great relationship with Russia. I hope we’re going to have a great relationship with Russia and, by the way, China and many other countries.” Trump had earlier called for Russia, China and America to convert their hundreds of millions of dollars in military spending into projects that are in the common interests of everyone.

During his keynote address to the Economic Forum, Putin called out the elephant in the room by bringing up the breakdown of the global financial system:

“the degeneration of the universalist globalisation model and its turning into a parody, a caricature of itself, where common international rules are replaced with the laws… of one country.”

Putin went on to warn of a “fragmentation of the global economic space by a policy of completely unlimited economic egoism and a forced breakdown. But this is the road to endless conflict, trade wars and maybe not just trade wars. Figuratively, this is the road to the ultimate fight of all against all.” The point was driven home that ultimately without a new economic system, the danger of global annihilation and injustice will always hang over humanity. Echoing Xi Jinping’s philosophy of win-win cooperation, Putin said what is ultimately needed is “a more stable and fair development model.

 These agreements should not only be written clearly but should also be observed by all participants. However, I am convinced that talk about an economic world order like this will remain wishful thinking unless we return to the centre of the discussion, that is, notions like sovereignty, the unconditional right of every country to its own development road and, let me add, responsibility for universal sustainable development, not just for ones own development.