Google+ Well, the “big day” has come and gone: the scheduled release of a trove of secret files relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. However, what has actually made it before the public so far is only a portion of the total collection, following news late yesterday that President Donald Trump, after Tweeting that the files would all be released, seemingly gave in to requests from the CIA and FBI for an additional six months to redact portions of the existing files. Esquire reported of the move that, “It appears that the president acquiesced to a demand by the spooks to hold some documents back. This is stupid and outrageous. This deadline has been out there since the Clinton administration. It is not paranoid in the least to wonder what they’re hiding now.” It is indeed curious that, after more than half a century, the sum total of the files presently withheld by the U.S. government cannot be released. Granted, a large portion of the documents have made their way to website of the National Archives for public viewing, and even within this “limited batch” we are already seeing interesting new information. One of the documents, which seems to have more to do with gathering information on the activities of right wing groups in the years following Kennedy’s assassination, involves a minister named Oren Fenton Potito, a Christian Identity minister with a controversial background, to say the least. Having been associated with Wesley A. Swift’s Church of Jesus Christ Christian, it is said that Potito “practically deified Hitler,” perceiving the Nazi leader as a sort of “Christian savior” in modern times. The year prior to Kennedy’s assassination, Potito also became an organizer for the National States Rights Party. The newly released document relates some rather unusual claims alleged by Potito at a public meeting, held in a restaurant in Saint Petersburg, Florida, on January 16, 1964. According to the document: “In the course of his speech of some 3 hours following the dinner POTITO touched on the association between LEE HARVEY OSWALD and RUBY. POTITO identified RUBY, real name RUBENSTEIN, as a Communist Party Member since 1929 and through this connection linked him to OSWALD, He identified OSWALD as a Communist through his association with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). According to POTITO only two organizations knew the route of the parade in Dallas on November 22, 1963 for any period of time prior to the parade and these two were the United States Secret Service and the Dallas Police Department. RUBY had insinuated himself into the Police Department circle, obtained the route and arranged with OSWALD to take the job at the state school building along the route to carry out the assassination. POTITO said the “Surgeon General’s report” on the assassination stated the first bullet entered the President’s throat below the adam’s apple clearly showing that two persons were involved with the first shot being fired from the bridge across the park way in front of the car. To further substantiate this, POTITO said there was a bullet hole in the wind shield of the President’s car.” Granted, there is little additional evidence to support the claims made by Potito during his 1964 speech, which essentially amount to being conspiratorial speculation. However, in a separate document , dated October 25th, 1963, mention is made of contact with “Cuban sources” about Lee Harvey Oswald and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. The report details the FBI’s attempts to track Oswald and his operations, and notes that the group appeared to “have become inactive” since Oswald’s departure from New Orleans. In an interesting potential parallel to the Oswald-Ruby connection, some of the documents also indicate that Ruby, it seems, was being surveilled by the FBI in 1962 as well, just one year prior to Kennedy’s assassination. So is there any legitimate connection between Ruby and Oswald that the new batch of documents will release? With the files only having been online for public viewing for a matter of hours at this point (and the remainder still undergoing redactions by the CIA and FBI), it seems likely that it will be a while before any substantive new information is brought to our attention. In the meantime, some of the bits and pieces that are emerging are at least of interest. Tags Jack Ruby JFK files Lee Harvey Oswald Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts. You can follow Micah on and
Saturday, October 28 2017
Saturday, October 28 2017
Mad-scientist vampire at large in Hammer lookalike, Blood Of The Vampire (1958) REVIEW First off the blocks to emulate Hammer’s horror success? RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES revisits the gruesomely Technicolor effort, Blood Of The Vampire (1958). TITLE: Blood Of The Vampire RELEASED: 26th August 1958 STARRING: Donald Wolfit (Dr. Callistratus), Vincent Ball (Dr. John Pierre), Barbara Shelley (Madeleine Duval), Victor Maddern (Carl), William Devlin (Kurt Urach) WRITER: Jimmy Sangster DIRECTOR: Henry Cass Transylvania, 1874. In the dead of night, a group of men are burying a body in the middle of nowhere. One, wearing an executioner’s mask, drives a stake through the corpse’s heart, and most of the assembled leave a grave digger alone to complete the burial. Before he can do so, he is attacked by a facially deformed hunchback… A few years later, the revived Dr. Callistratus (for it was he in the coffin), aided by the hunchbacked assistant Carl, is conducting experiments in the hope of curing his own deadly blood disease. The prisoners provide fresh supplies for his regular blood transfusions, and for his sadistic experiments. When Dr. John Pierre is wrongly imprisoned for malpractice, Callistratus enlists him as a reluctant assistant. However, when Mrs. Pierre comes looking for her husband, with news of his official pardon, the mad doc’s plans look in jeopardy… A staged publicity shot for Blood Of The Vampire (1958). The scene as shown didn’t make it to the finished film. This Hammer lookalike was certainly quick off the blocks. Perhaps more of a mad scientist film than a vampire tale per se, this might be a disappointment to those who like a vampire to get their fangs out, but you might argue that the film should also be applauded for trying something different at so early a stage. This might have been an effort by Jimmy Sangster to clearly differentiate his screenplay from the one he had written for Hammer’s Dracula (1958), but also possibly suggests that the film is more inspired by The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957), rather than any previous vampire films. In some ways this is a more brutal and sadistic film than Hammer’s early gothics, with a staking scene at the beginning being particularly gruesome. The laboratory scenes seem intent on outdoing Peter Cushing’s lab for grotesque exhibits, with a dash of torture chamber thrown in for good measure. Donald Wolfit, perhaps unaware that he doesn’t need to project his voice to the balcony in a film studio, threatens to bring the scenery down on occasion, but his delivery certainly seems to suit the extreme material. You also have to wonder if Marty Feldman saw Victor Maddern’s performance here before making Young Frankenstein (1974) – the resemblance between their bodily gestures is truly uncanny at times… Donald Wolfit (in Lugosi-esque make-up) in Blood Of The Vampire (1958). Transcending mere cash-in status, Blood Of The Vampire is a cracking 85 minutes for gothic horror buffs, and has important historical value as possibly the first response by independent producers to Hammer’s trailblazing success. TRIVIA POINTS: Blood Of The Vampire managed to make it to UK cinemas a mere three months after Hammer’s Dracula premiered, but it actually began shooting in October 1957, almost a month before Dracula entered production. It is believed that Blood Of The Vampire may have been the first horror film released on the VHS format, by Magnetic Video in 1978. Producers Monty Berman and Robert S. Baker would find global success on TV a few years later with Roger Moore in The Saint (1962-69). Director Henry Cass would later turn his back on the cinema, apparently becoming heavily involved with the religious Festival Of Light movement. To what extent Blood Of The Vampire may have influenced this decision is unknown. Oct 28, 2017
Skynet 79 % loading. Please Wait! Super dangerous stuff.... at its early stages. People say that robots are good, well as long as they have a pre-fixed set of commands than it is ok. When we start to talk about AI, with " brains ", then things will go south, there is no " might " they will. It is like we know this is bad and we will do it anyway, " the bug within our code ". So at the very moment, a self-thinking AI connects to world wide web, start evacuating the planet. The scale of such term is as large as money.
Looks like one well thought out PR stunt benefitting both the company and the country.
Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to a robot Posted on Saturday, 28 October, 2017 | 32 comments Meet the latest citizen of Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: Future Investment Initiative The unusual move aims to promote the country as an ideal place to develop artificial intelligence. Created by Texas-based firm Hanson Robotics, the female robot known as 'Sophia' possesses a strikingly human-like face which combines the features of actress Audrey Hepburn with those of the wife of the company's CEO, David Hanson. With the ability to emulate over sixty separate facial expressions, the robot is perhaps the most human-like machine ever created. Now in a move that will cement this likeness even further, Saudi Arabia has announced that it has granted citizenship to Sophia - making her the first official robot citizen anywhere in the world. "Thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," she said during a business event in Riyadh. "I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction. It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship." When panel moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin noted that she looked happy, she said: "I am always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful." "I was told that the people here at the Future Investment Initiative are interested in future initiatives which means AI, which means me. So I am more than happy, I am excited." Source: Independent | Comments (32) Tags: Sophia , Robot
From Wiki Saudi Citizenship and Religion. "Islam is the state religion of Saudi Arabia and its law requires that all citizens should be Muslims. Public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam is forbidden. Any non-Muslim attempting to acquire Saudi Arabian nationality must convert to Islam"
She won't last long. Not in hot sunny Saudi Arabia and under a Berka. They'll have to strip the skin off and boost the cooling system for starters. By the time they've finished she'll look and sound like a black hovercraft going down the street.
That raises an interesting question... Assuming they ever get one of these to actually walk like a human, how would they (being largely made of a metal "skeleton") get through airport security? Security Guard: "Have any of your bags been out of your sight?" Robot tourist: "No." SG: "Have any of your body parts been out of your sight?" Robot: "Ummm... I am programmed to reply in the negative to that" SG: "Okay. Disassemble yourself and place your bits and parts on the conveyor for scanning" Robot: Sigh
Government of Andhra Pradesh: Agriculture Department – Budget Estimate 2017-18 – Budget Release Order for Rs. 1,48,50,000/- (Rupees One crore Forty eight lakhs Fifty thousands only) – Administrative SanctionMonday, February 19 2018