Regional Newspapers Struggle to be Read| SBS News

Regional newspapers were a valuable source of news for many towns and cities in the United States. Many major metropolitan cities across the United States had at least two regional papers. Some larger cities had more. When a city had two regional papers one paper would be more conservative the other a little more liberal. Whatever the case the reader had a choice between two perspectives on the local news.

Corporate media groups have gobbled many regional newspapers across a wide swath of U.S. cities. Technology played a part in the decline of regional newspaper. Photocomposition, also known as cold type, replaced the Linotype press. Many skilled workers were put out of a job. Offset printing, which was lighter and cheaper, eventually replaced the Linotype. These factors combined to increase the bulk market value of newspapers. Heirs to these usually family owned regional newspapers could no longer bear the estate taxes forcing them to sell out to corporate media chains.

Family owned regional newspapers were quickly turned into public stock that was in turn were sold to large chains such as Gannet and Knight-Ridder.

Regional newspapers were no longer a public service, now the emphasis was on profit. The larger newspaper chains had political interests. The news was now lensed through politics. Political pressure created sanitized news. Any political opposition was quickly forced to the back pages or ignored completely.

The advent of the Internet forced further consolidation of corporate media. Newsroom staff member jobs were cut.

On the other hand the Internet has brought us independent bloggers and niche Internet radio that can bring us the important issues we face something the lamestream doesn’t want to talk about.

“That kind of news is available only in the local paper. It’s not the type of journalism that topples governments or uncovers the latest celebrity scandal, but the role of the local newspaper is arguably just as important.”

via Comment: Without local papers, regional voices would struggle to be heard | SBS News.

Godzilla 2014 – Movie Review

Godzilla was the science fiction movie of choice when I was growing up as a child. Back then televisions were simple affairs with mechanical channel changers with only 3 or 4 channels to choose from. The television world was a box where the world was black and white and the viewer, the actors, and announcers were in bed by 10 pm following a sign-off with patriotic music and movie clips reminding citizens of America’s military might. Television was sort of new back then and Godzilla was the late night sinful treat for kids staying up past their bedtime. The black and white Godzilla of those days was a bad monster keeping the really bad monsters at bay. At that age I never understood why we dropped atomic bombs on Japan and what all the fuss was about when it came to wars.

Godzilla sprang from Japan’s film industry after the devastation of World War II. Much of the nation was left homeless and starving. Now it’s 2014 and Godzilla has been rescripted and regurgitated dozens of times. The public runs to see the latest version. Times have changed and the message  carried by the old black and white Godzilla films of Japan’s World War II atomic devastation has been sanitized out. Godzilla is still portrayed as the ‘king of monsters’ in today’s modern versions but the message is more about environmental concerns, a smidgen of family drama, and a world free of atomic bombs.

I don’t want to spoil the most recent remake of Godzilla but rather tell you to be prepared to stick around for at least 2 hours. You’ll notice a tip of the hat to the movie ‘2012’ with all the metropolitan destruction and chaos. You’ll also get to see a tsunami that will remind you of the one that struck Indonesia in 2007. I don’t think they ever made a movie about that. Oh well, back to Godzilla. He still is the king of monsters and you get to see him belch after he nixes the idea of America using nuclear weapons.


Starfleet logos spotted on Mars – Weather Network


In 1966 the first episode of Star Trek debuted on television. The public was introduced to Captain Kirk and the Starfleet command. The previous year 1965 Mariner IV spacecraft made its first flyby of Mars and found a planet with little or no signs of intelligent life. Mariner IV took pictures of numerous craters and detected a thin atmosphere. There was no signs of Starfleet command. NASA wasn’t satisfied and continued planning and building more spacecraft to explore Mars.

In 1969 the last episode of original Star Trek series aired and eventually returned to the air as reruns in 1969. By 1969 NASA had flown Mariner 6 and 7 by Mars and discovered the surface of Mars was much different than our Moon. They discovered that the martian polar caps were composed of carbon dioxide. Still no signs of intelligent life or Starfleet command.

Fast forwarding to 2014 and after numerous Star Trek movies, sequels, and Star Trek conventions we have finally found Starfleet command on Mars in the form of sand dunes or barchan dunes as they are called by geologists on earth. Barchan dunes form or earth when the wind blows primarily in one direction carving a crescent shape dune. These dunes were recently imaged by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and eerily resemble the Starfleet command logo. Perhaps Mars is winking at us and trying to tell us something.

In the meantime we’ll patiently wait on Hollywood to bring us the next Star Trek movie sequel.

“Monday, May 12, 2014, 1:48 PM – Back in December, NASA scientists discovered a series of Martian sand dunes that bear a strong resemblance to the Starfleet logo from the Star Trek franchise.”

via News – To boldly go: Starfleet logos discovered on Mars – The Weather Network.

Pet Sick From Premium Kibble?-

Making your pet sick is something that a responsible pet owner wouldn’t want to do. Most pet owners adore their pets and try to feed them the premium pet foods available on the market. According to this Natural News article the ingredients in premium pet food may make you pet sick and be slowly killing them.

Some of the premium pet foods contain ingredients referred to as “4-D”, which stands for dead, dying, disabled and dead. Often these animal parts are nutritious for your pets, but in many cases these parts come from animals raised in factory farms and are tainted with things such as feces, bacteria, and growth hormones. There also might be higher levels of toxins and heavy metals than would be acceptable for human consumption. This article also points out litter from poultry farms being recycled and fed to the animals. This litter may also contain parts of dead rodents.

Moreover many of these premium pet foods that could make your pet sick contain questionable preservatives. One of the more worrisome preservatives is ethoxyquin, a chemical preservative linked to cancer.

Many pet food manufacturers also use fillers, such as wheat and corn, in their pet food recipes. This is especially an issue with dogs and cats which thrive on a raw diet of meat and these wheat and corn fillers are often genetically modified.

If you don’t want to make your pet sick carefully choose the pet foods that you use and scrutinize the ingredients label.

“According to the online pet pharmacy, PetMeds, by-products are ‘the leftover parts of the animal that are not suitable for human consumption’ and can include animal pieces such as necks, feet, bones, intestines and lungs,” explains The Screeching Kettle.

via Conventional kibble could be slowly killing your pets –

1857 Shipwreck Gold off of South Carolina Coast


Shipwreck gold was recently discovered off the coast of South Carolina after the SS Central America met it’s fate with a hurricane in 1857 and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. The shipwreck gold remained on the ocean floor 160 miles off the South Carolina coast until it was rediscovered in 1988 by a group of explorers backed by investors and led by  Ohioan Thomas Thompson. Eventually the group was able to recover a bounty of shipwreck  gold bullion weighing about 2 tons and worth more than 76 million in today’s dollars.

The SS Central America was a sidewheel steamer that operated between Central America and the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. in the 1850’s. It was also referred to as the Ship of Gold. During it’s voyage in 1857 it had been carrying 550 passengers and crew along with 30,000 lbs of gold. The shipwreck gold played a role in the Panic of 1857.

More recently the rediscovered bounty of shipwreck gold has set off a flurry of legal battles. Claimants quickly emerged from the cracks wanting to claim the gold. A majority of the claimants were insurance companies that had paid claims on the shipwreck gold in 1857.

In addition the lead explorer Thomas Thompson had  dodged court hearings surrounding the shipwreck gold and was able to sell a portion of his claim without sharing with his investors.


“Odyssey Marine Exploration last month explored the wreck of the ship, which went down in 1857 laden with so much gold that its sinking triggered a national financial panic, and the New York Times reports that the robot it sent to plumb the depths surfaced with quite the load: five gold bars clocking in at 66 pounds—or about $1.2 million.” via 1857 Shipwreck Gives Up More Gold – 5 bars of gold recovered from the SS Central America in April.

Wi-Vi system uses Wi-Fi to see through walls

The 21st century comes with the convenience of Wi-Fi communications that allow instantaneous access to information at the tap of finger almost anywhere we might be. Unfortunately Wi-Fi can be modified to operate as Wi-Vi that can be used to see through walls. Wi-Fi technology is based on similar technologies such as radar and sonar. When a Wi-Fi signal is directed at a wall part of the signal penetrates the wall and  and can be measured and displayed as a map that outlines the contours of objects on the other side of the wall. When Wi-Fi is used in this manner it is referred to as Wi-Vi. These maps can be interpreted to find and detect the movement of people or objects.

Wi-Vi is one of the many technologies in use at the United States/Mexican border to detect contraband and human smuggling. Although current Wi-Vi systems that are commercially available are too large and awkward to use as a handheld device. This isn’t to say that a handheld device isn’t available often the case is technology available to public typically is 30 years behind to what is available government agencies that often undisclosed budgets.

There are other types of technologies, such as millimeter wave imaging, that has had limited testing with police forces. Some of the initial results have been the ability to detect whether or not an individual is carry a weapon up to a distance of 25 feet. Other experiments have been done indicated that newer models of cars can be remotely shut down while they are being driven.

“Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed what could become low-cost, X-ray vision.”

via Wi-Vi system uses Wi-Fi to see through walls.

Synthetic Life Forms In The Lab

Researchers at Scripps Research Institute are dabbling with creating synthetic life. Scientists are betting on the creation of extended genome that can be inherited by successive generations. One of the goals stated by the article is insert the extended genome into bacteria so they can create proteins and possible drugs that would be impossible to create with current biochemistry.

One of Scripps Research Institute achievements in 2009 include regenerative medicine, also known as stem cells. Cells can be removed from a patient and used to create new organs for transplant that will not be rejected by the patient’s body.

Other achievements include work on blindness. In 2007 researchers were able to inhibit the growth of new blood vessels in test animals with neovascular eye disease. Similar tests were carried out on a vascular brain tumor with little or no effect on the normal tissue.

The genome or DNA contains two additional base pairs making it the first synthetic life form of its kind. This new synthetic life form created with the modified genome is unique and cannot be compared to other natural life forms. Floyd Romesburg, team leader of Scripp’s Research Institute scientists, concluded: “It’s a discovery that shakes our understanding of life by the scruff of the neck, challenging the preconception that DNA is somehow inalterable.”

“Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California have created the first synthetic life forms, constructed with the goal of passing on an extended genetic code to succeeding generations.”

via Synthetic Life Forms Created In The Lab | American News.

Armed Drones every country 10 years – Defense One


Armed drones are the future for America including many other countries in the world. Civil disobedience will be challenged by not only an armed police force but armed drones circling high overhead that will be resistant to angry citizens defying a suppressive government. China will play an important part in their distribution. The United Kingdom, China, and perhaps Iran have them. China is exporting them to Saudi Arabia since it is not illegal to export them unless they are used to attack another country. Other countries known to be developing them are South Africa and India.

According to Peter Singer, Brookings fellow and author of Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. “You could soon have U.S. and Chinese made drones striking in the same region,” he noted.

Once the technology of armed drones is more widespread there will be a wide price range to choose from, starting with the most basic models up to the more advanced. Many other countries are interested in the more autonomous armed drones that can take off and land on their own accord. Some experts are skeptical of autonomous drones but Peter Singer disagrees, “As you talk about this moving forward, the drones that are sold and used are remotely piloted to be more and more autonomous. As the technology becomes more advanced it becomes easier for people to use.”

There is an important piece of international policy in place known as the Missile Technology Control Regime that most countries have signed with the exception of China. Without China’s signatory on this important international policy we could be facing a world awash in armed drone technology.





“Armed aerial drones will be used for targeted killings, terrorism and the government suppression of civil unrest.”

via Every Country Will Have Armed Drones Within Ten Years – Defense One.

Traffic Signs Improved by Citizen – NY Times

The traffic sign is part of private citizens commute experience. Most of our national roadways are controlled by a glut of bureaucracies. Often times these bureaucracies are over-staffed with people carrying out administrative task such as collect fees and generating internal paperwork. The task of creating a good traffic signs is often stifled. Keegan Stephan had grown tired of paying dozens of traffic tickets due to confusing traffic signs and struck out on her own creating her own traffic sign on her home computer. She went out and pasted over the traffic signs provided by the city with her own design. Many other citizens posted comments and notes praising her new design and many commented the city ought to hire her. The Department of Transportation promptly  removed most of  her traffic signs and publicly stated that only the ones provided by the city would be installed. Keegan Stephan stated, “With my signs what I tried to do is cover 24 hours of the day to clearly state when you can and can’t park,” she says. “Green would be for you can park, red would be for when you can’t park.” Meanwhile these New Yorkers will continue their short-term tactics to bring about the needed change.   Read more: Follow us: @myfoxny on Twitter | Fox5NY on Facebook “Projects like Nkki’s are part of a growing trend called “tactical urbanism” in which regular citizens using tactics to try to improve the urban environment without the government’s help.” via Citizens post their own traffic signs – New York News.

Homeless Parking Meter – YouTube

The mainstream media tells us that the economy is recovering and  there’s a myriad of non-profits vying for your spare change in name of making change for the homeless. Some are better than others and some are a scam. The idea of modifying a parking meter is an interesting concept, but I’m banking on there being a lot more parking meters collecting parking fees for the local municipalities than there are for collecting money for the homeless. My friend James Worley in Florida has been homeless for more than a year. When I first met James Worley he was one of the few people that was lucky enough to film an off-the-cuff video and have it go viral. He had his brief 15 minutes of fame when he was interviewed on a mainstream news broadcast. He’s a guy with a big heart who is interested in producing documentaries about things he is passionate about such as our veterans and homelessness.

James is a man with no bad habits such drugs, alcohol, or tobacco and knows how to ‘keep his powder dry’ so he can continue his quest as a passionate videographer. Please support James in his quest by sharing and subscribing to his YouTube channel.

“Homeless Parking Meter”

via Homeless Parking Meter – YouTube.

Bicyclist Shot by Police in El Cajon | NBC 7 San Diego

The summer heat is coming early this year in El Cajon, CA and the guns are blazing for transient bicyclists riding unlawfully on the  sidewalks. In the last couple of days police have shot two people here in El Cajon, CA in the last couple of days.

The previous incident involved two suspected parolees. When police approached the resident of the suspects one fled and the other was shot. In this most recent incident a male transient bicyclist refused to pull over when he was approached by police for unlawfully riding on the sidewalk. Police eventually cornered the transient male bicyclist in a car dealership lot. The man put his hands in the waistbands of his pants. Police suspected him of reaching for a weap0n and he was shot six times, once in the face. The man has been hospitalized in stable condition and is yet to be charged. As of this post he is in stable condition. One woman who knew the man commented that he had been disrespectful to neighborhood residents in the past, especially women, but had always been nice to her.

“Police in El Cajon shot a man they said was unlawfully riding his bicycle on a sidewalk Friday morning.”

via Bicyclist Shot by Police in El Cajon | NBC 7 San Diego.

Driver caught using cell phone jamming device – New York News



A home hobbyist from Florida decided he didn’t want other drivers talking on their cell phones while he made his daily commutes so he installed a cell phone jamming device in his Toyota SUV. He got the results he wanted along with a $48,000 fine. Fortunately he didn’t have to make a trip to the slammer.



“A Florida man is facing a $48,000 fine for using a “jammer” in his SUV to keep people around him off of the phone while he was driving.”

via Driver caught using cell phone jamming device – New York News.

Bi-directional OLED camera foreshadow 1984 telescreens

George Orwell’s book 1984 chronicled the experiences of Winston, an employee working for Big Brother’s government branch called the Ministry of Truth. Since Winston worked for the government he was a member of the bourgeois class and was privileged to live in a section of the city that was heavily subsidized by Big Brother and provided the basic life comforts along with safety and security. But there was a dark side to this lifestyle; every home, shop, corner cafe, barroom, street corner, and one’s living quarters were constantly overlooked by the insidious telescreens cameras. The telescreen cameras were both a blessing and a curse providing you with up to minute news and information that was heavily sanitized by Winston’s Ministry of Truth. The telescreens watched your every move instructing when to wake up and when to go to bed. The telescreen monitored your health and well being and made sure you had a regular exercise routine once a week upon rising from bed. If you fast forward 30 years we have a culture that is gradually and incrementally approaching this norm, especially the United States where almost every home has at least 2 computers with high speed cable access and not to mention almost all U.S. citizens carry one or more cell phones. The displays in consumer electronics aren’t quite literally watching us back, but that soon may change. “We first covered the Fraunhofer Institute’s bi-directional OLED display technology – which basically combines a display with a camera – all the way back in 2009”. “” via Fraunhofer bi-directional OLED prototype incoming: Display & Camera in one [Video] – SlashGear.

3D printing – Cast uses ultrasound to speed healing

For anyone who has ever broken a bone and had to have a cast, the benefits are obvious.  It was snowing at the time I broken a bone  in my foot.  I had to have my walking 3D printing - New method of casting broken bones cast replaced a couple times as I was unable to keep it dry.   The delight of being able to scratch that itch.  How much healthier for the skin this will be.

We have so many nefarious uses of technology these days through weapons, 3D printing makes technology SERVE humans.  Another article I saw this year was creating a moving “hand” for a small boy.  He was able to grasp things with that hand since birth.

It is refreshing and encouraging to come across articles like these.


3D-printed cast uses ultrasound to speed healing – Crave.

Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover | The Salt Lake Tribune

More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

via Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover | The Salt Lake Tribune.

“We have to start managing these lands. It’s the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms,” Fielder said.Politics and YOU

It seems the Bundy Ranch issue has lit a fire under state lawmakers and legislators.  With all I have personally seen in the past three years, I think this is the most encouraging leap forward I have observed.  We will have to see how “strong” their convictions are.

We are a United States and strong states make for a strong union.  The federal government has botched everything they have touched since 1913.  It is time to take make the union of our states strong again.


​Monsanto and co. pouring money into defeating county measure to ban GMOs — RT USA

​Monsanto and co. pouring money into defeating county measure to ban GMOs — RT USA.


Big Agribusiness teams up and doles out almost a half of a million dollars to combat a proposed local ordinance in Oregon which would prohibit the use of GMOs from being propagated, cultivated, raised or grown in Jackson County.

With a small local population of 208.545, this may be enough to wine and dine each resident of Jackson County for their vote against Measure 15-119! Compare nearly $500,000 with the meager $102.368 raised by local proponents of the measure, and you can see the influence big agri business has on the local ballot.


Monsanto Request Removal of Mexican Judge over GM Maize Ban – Sustainable Pulse

Will Monsanto win and have influence over governmental agencies in Mexico like they do here in the states ?  I hope they don’t pick up any bad habits from US.  I am glad to see other countries looking after our environment.  Perhaps the US will learn.


Monsanto Request Removal of Mexican Judge over GM Maize Ban – Sustainable Pulse.

The Mexican federal government had allowed trial crops of GM maize to be planted in Mexico since 2009 before the shock decision in September made by the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City. Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. cited “the risk of imminent harm to the environment” as the basis for the decision.

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