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State-of-the-Art CGI: Say Hello to hyperrealistic Ed programmed by Chris Jones

Soon, there will be new hollywood blockbuster cashcow movies with Elvis, Erol & Marilyn. No expensive, moaning starlets anymore. Hooray for Hollywood, bad for us. Nevertheless, Ed is impressive work.

(But if I think about mandatory glitches and misbehaving code, I look forward to making ofs)

Work in progress made with Lightwave, Sculptris and Krita, composited with Davinci Resolve Lite. Music by me. Thanks for the comments! http://www.chrisj.com.au

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I was thinking about the dynamics of pharmaceutical companies, mental institutions, insurance companies, prisons and marijuana legalization. Mental institutions, they have a fairly consistent business model, a convention that has emerged based on the requirements of running a profitable business and providing mental health services. As you know the best treatment is not always profitable so usually there is some synthesis, not the best treatment but the best profitable treatment. From my experience of only two, a dedicated for-profit organization versus a non-profit hospital. Both seem to fairly similar except for cultural differences within the staff, such as the non-profit being more nonchalant and the for-profit being more patronizing. Both had models that did a ten minute entrance interview and immediately placed you on a medication. The day was basically, sleep, wake up, take a shower, eat breakfast, go to a group therapy session which was optional, eat lunch, another group session, eat dinner, another group session, some free time in between and then sleep. The non-profit was not peer pressuring people to attend or participate while the for-profit would give you the cold-shoulder and make subtle threats about the consequences of not at least attending the deducible minimum. If you failed a drug test or not, they will keep you there for at least a week. Attempting to get released sooner is next to impossible, even if you tested clean, perfectly sane and admitted yourself. They will place you on a medication and you may speak to a psychiatrist every other day for just a few minutes which usually results in an increase in dosage. In both cases there was no one-on-one therapy, the entrance interview wasn’t very thorough and the group therapy sessions were mostly just people sitting in a room watching TV. The non-profit culture of nonchalance was a little more conducive to sharing in group therapy sessions but all-in-all there was very little difference between the conventions used by the for-profit and non-profit. One thing that stood out at the for-profit was an abundance of pamphlets from privately owned research institutions, such as the dangers of marijuana. I read the marijuana pamphlet and found that it was extremely biased and not an objective interpretation of the data. It was based on truths, it just exaggerated the negatives to create a distorted perception and implied false truths. I have read about the prison industry lobbying and even bribing Judges to get more prisoners sent their way, such as the three Pennsylvania Judges sentenced to several decades a piece for sending 5,000 first timers to prison. Since the war on drugs began in the 70s, the prison population has exploded and prisons have been privatized and experienced significant growth. Lately though, growth has leveled off and the general population has began to come around to realizing the truth, as the result of the policy becomes more and more obvious. Judges are less willing to send first time offenders, victimless criminals to prisons and are instead opting out for a less severe punishment, mental rehabilitation. I feel the same is happening with mental health, that it’s business model, like much of our economy isn’t based on curing the disease and in fact goes out of it’s way to prevent the curing of diseases in favor of the more profitable treatment of symptoms. Have you seen commercials marketing medications for mental health issues and recommending that you ask your doctor about them? It’s a new market and that means new customers and new products being sold, increasing the number of markups, the profit margin. Mental institutions are pharmaceutical’s biggest customers in their new and fast growing market so the possibility of mental institutions becoming politically aligned against the legalization of drugs like marijuana is high. They personally profit off the legalization of marijuana as they pull growth away from private prisons in a more humane punishment and pharmaceuticals depend on their business and on top of that, marijuana has the potential to wipe out that entire new market. I get a bit confused when I think about insurance companies and their role in this complex interdependent interaction. They have to pay mental institutions for their services and products, including the medications; wouldn’t they be incentivized to keep mental institutions honest and prevent them from milking their cow? If you consider the cost of medications a patient will be on for the rest of their life, assuming they obey their psychiatrist and the cost of being housed and fed at a mental institution for a seemingly mandatory one week then take into consideration that the business model is unlikely to cure a patient; it makes you wonder what pharmaceuticals and mental institutions have on insurance. A preventative approach might cost more upfront but would prevent the insurance companies from having to pay medications for the rest of a person’s naturally life. One-on-one therapist and life coaches using investigate therapy and engineering new experiences for graduated exposure therapy, to retrain disorderly defense mechanisms is a cure to the disease instead of the “correcting an undetectable chemical imbalance”. You know, you can sweep the problem under the rug, milk insurance companies and thus the patient’s employers or you could cure the disease, get the right neurons firing to correct it’s own damn neurotransmitter balance. Makes me wonder if there is a subtle black operations cold war on, between prisons and mental institutions.

In my humble mentally ill mind derived opinion, family doctors should be a medical doctor, nutritionist, psychologist and life coach(s). Insurance should pay for gym memberships and even multi-vitamins. Insurance should incentivized preventative medicine, for example, having a table requiring patients to achieve a healthy BMI and other metrics within a specific time frame or risk being dropped to a higher premium. They would have more checkups covered during that time period.

The Delaware Plutocracy finally converted me to their way of thinking, they are going to pass a law making it required for all tax filings to be delivered by a certified courier. I will be getting an armored truck and will be personally driving all over Delaware, picking up tax forms and delivering them to Dover. $2 per business, noice.

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medievalpoc:

Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:

Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.

According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:

Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!

You can sign the petition here.

You can read more articles at The Denver Post, CBS Denver (with video), and Colorado Public Radio.

Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.

I see White folks still scared about being the minority here in the States, that they gotta erase all folks of color from the damn history books.

If I had not taken APUSH and AP World History I would not know half of the horrors that America has committed.

I would not know that Abraham Lincoln was a supporter of the colonization movement, or that the Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t NEARLY what people seem to think it was.

I would not know that America was so afraid of Communism that it purposefully overthrew DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED leaders of countries in order to assure that no communist or socialist policies were put into place that ENDANGERED AMERICAN CORPORATIONS.

I would not know that Republicans used to be “liberal” and that Democrats used to be the white supremacy party.

I would not understand the extent of the build up to the Civil War, and the argument over slavery that existed from the time of the country’s founding.

I would not know that coup d’etats in Guatamala, Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and so many other countries were the product of American espionage.

I would not know who W.E.B Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, or Marcus Garvey were or how diverse and divided the civil rights and abolitionists movements were.

I would not know that Americans at the time of the American Revolution were the best fed, best dressed, best housed, least taxed people on the planet and they still found reason complain.

wouldn’t know that socialist policies enforced by F.D.R. helped to bring this country out of the great depression, and I wouldn’t understand the relationship between the U.S. and communism.

wouldn’t know that Andrew Jackson completely ignored the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Indian Removal Act, thus marching thousands of Native Americans to their death.

Yes, I wouldn’t know all the awful things about this country that people try to brush under the rug, and I would probably be in a blissful and ignorant bubble, enjoying life as a middle class white kid.

But I also wouldn’t see how far we’ve come, and how much farther we have to go, and everything we need to change about this country to make it better and to fix our mistakes.

AP United States History is so important, because theres so little between us and what’s happened in the past, and if we can’t educate kids on what the past is, then don’t expect them to learn any lessons from it.  If we can’t understand where we come from then we have no idea where we can and will go. 

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Rare molecule found in space hints at life’s origins -Cornell University Original Study - The discovery of an unusual carbon-based molecule near the galactic center of the Milky Way suggests that the complex molecules needed for life may have their origins in interstellar space. Organic molecules usually found in these star-forming regions consist of a single “backbone” of carbon atoms arranged in a straight chain. The carbon structure of this molecule—known as isopropyl cyanide—is branched, making it the first interstellar detection of such a molecule, says Rob Garrod, a senior research associate at the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research at Cornell University. This detection opens a new frontier in the complexity of molecules that can be formed in interstellar space and that might ultimately find their way to the surfaces of planets, says Garrod. The branched carbon structure of isopropyl cyanide is a common feature in molecules that are needed for life—such as amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. The discovery, reported in the journal Science, lends weight to the idea that biologically crucial molecules, like amino acids that are commonly found in meteorites, are produced early in the process of star formation—even before planets such as Earth are formed. (via Rare molecule found in space hints at life’s origins - Futurity)

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Rare molecule found in space hints at life’s origins
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Cornell University Original Study
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The discovery of an unusual carbon-based molecule near the galactic center of the Milky Way suggests that the complex molecules needed for life may have their origins in interstellar space. Organic molecules usually found in these star-forming regions consist of a single “backbone” of carbon atoms arranged in a straight chain. The carbon structure of this molecule—known as isopropyl cyanide—is branched, making it the first interstellar detection of such a molecule, says Rob Garrod, a senior research associate at the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research at Cornell University. This detection opens a new frontier in the complexity of molecules that can be formed in interstellar space and that might ultimately find their way to the surfaces of planets, says Garrod. The branched carbon structure of isopropyl cyanide is a common feature in molecules that are needed for life—such as amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. The discovery, reported in the journal Science, lends weight to the idea that biologically crucial molecules, like amino acids that are commonly found in meteorites, are produced early in the process of star formation—even before planets such as Earth are formed. (via Rare molecule found in space hints at life’s origins - Futurity)

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8bitfuture:

Japanese construction giant eyeing up a space elevator.
Obayashi Corporation have announced an intention to have a space elevator operational by the year 2050. While acknowledging that current technology can’t build the 96,000 kilometer long cable, they say it’s only a matter of time before technology makes the idea possible.

Robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors will carry people and cargo to a newly-built space station, at a fraction of the cost of rockets. It will take seven days to get there.
The company said the fantasy can now become a reality because of the development of carbon nanotechnology.
"The tensile strength is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible," Mr Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, said.
"Right now we can’t make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but we need much more… we think by 2030 we’ll be able to do it."

8bitfuture:

Japanese construction giant eyeing up a space elevator.

Obayashi Corporation have announced an intention to have a space elevator operational by the year 2050. While acknowledging that current technology can’t build the 96,000 kilometer long cable, they say it’s only a matter of time before technology makes the idea possible.

Robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors will carry people and cargo to a newly-built space station, at a fraction of the cost of rockets. It will take seven days to get there.

The company said the fantasy can now become a reality because of the development of carbon nanotechnology.

"The tensile strength is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible," Mr Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, said.

"Right now we can’t make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but we need much more… we think by 2030 we’ll be able to do it."

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vicemag:

Why Did a Black Man Get Shot and Killed by Police in Walmart for Carrying an Unloaded Air Rifle in an Open Carry State?
On Wednesday, prosecutors released security footage from the Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart where 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police on August 5. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to bring charges against Sean Williams, the officer who killed Crawford. This all seems depressingly normal: A black man is dead for little or no reason, everyone agrees it’s a very, very sad thing, and you can’t help but think that he wouldn’t be dead if he were white.

The August 5 incident began when Crawford picked up an air rifle in the store and aimlessly fiddled with it as he spoke on a cell phone to his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to him, police officers Sean Williams David M. Darkow were on the scene after responding to a call from a man named Ronald Ritchie, who told 9-1-1 a black man was waving a gun and pointing it at children. The full surveillance footage does not match up with that account, and Ritchie has now changed his story. The final two minutes of footage show Crawford being seemingly unaware that police were there, as he chats on his phone. And police in turn gave him no time at all to drop the rifle before shooting. Crawford’s last words—heard over the phone by his girlfriend—were “It’s not real!”
Currently, Crawford’s death is being treated as a tragedy by the authorities, but a mostly unavoidable one. According to the grand jury the cops responded appropriately considering what they heard from dispatch—who, Williams’s report says, told them that Crawford was waving around a real gun. Even if Crawford failed to obey their “repeated commands” to drop the weapon, however, the surveillance footage shows that he didn’t have any time to do so before the cops opened up.
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vicemag:

Why Did a Black Man Get Shot and Killed by Police in Walmart for Carrying an Unloaded Air Rifle in an Open Carry State?

On Wednesday, prosecutors released security footage from the Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart where 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police on August 5. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to bring charges against Sean Williams, the officer who killed Crawford. This all seems depressingly normal: A black man is dead for little or no reason, everyone agrees it’s a very, very sad thing, and you can’t help but think that he wouldn’t be dead if he were white.

The August 5 incident began when Crawford picked up an air rifle in the store and aimlessly fiddled with it as he spoke on a cell phone to his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to him, police officers Sean Williams David M. Darkow were on the scene after responding to a call from a man named Ronald Ritchie, who told 9-1-1 a black man was waving a gun and pointing it at children. The full surveillance footage does not match up with that account, and Ritchie has now changed his story. The final two minutes of footage show Crawford being seemingly unaware that police were there, as he chats on his phone. And police in turn gave him no time at all to drop the rifle before shooting. Crawford’s last words—heard over the phone by his girlfriend—were “It’s not real!”

Currently, Crawford’s death is being treated as a tragedy by the authorities, but a mostly unavoidable one. According to the grand jury the cops responded appropriately considering what they heard from dispatch—who, Williams’s report says, told them that Crawford was waving around a real gun. Even if Crawford failed to obey their “repeated commands” to drop the weapon, however, the surveillance footage shows that he didn’t have any time to do so before the cops opened up.

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