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Augusta Visitor Information | Augusta, GA – Official Website

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May 242016
 

Where is Augusta?Nestled along the banks of the Savannah River, Augusta is the second largest and oldest city in Georgia. Located in the east central section of the state, Augusta is approximately 150 miles east of Atlanta on Interstate 20. Augusta is also centrally located just two and a half hours from the beach and the mountains.

Experience the Culture and History of the South When planning a visit to Augusta, you’ll want to come early and stay late. Take time to discover the historic charm of the classic South with its tree-lined streets and majestic antebellum mansions. There are dozens of shops and restaurants, cultural, and historic attractions in Augusta.

Augusta Recreation and ParksYear round, Augusta is the place to be for recreation. With an average temperature of 62.7 degrees, we hope you will make the most of our many parks and recreational facilities. Make time for an afternoon of golf, tennis, fishing, boating, or just enjoying the great outdoors. View Recreation and Parks.

Riverwalk AugustaYou’ll also want to take time to visit Riverwalk Augusta, offering pedestrian access to the Savannah River from a public plaza and focusing attention on one of Augusta’s most beautiful and unique assets. View the Riverwalk / Augusta Commons Calendar of Events.

Augusta Area AttractionsCheck out our other resources section for more info on Augusta area attractions.

Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau For help planning your trip to the Augusta, contact the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Augusta PhotographyMany photos for this website areprovided by the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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May 232016
 

EXCLUSIVE: Relentless attacks on American military personnel at the height of the Iraq war made the U.S. intelligence community confront a dire problem: They needed real-time intelligence to take Al Qaeda off the battlefield and dismantle its bomb-making factories.

This realization was the start of a highly secretive program, developed by the National Security Agency, to put NSA specialists on the battlefield in order to send near real-time intelligence to the troops so they could avoid ambushes and root out insurgents. For the first time, going in depth with Fox News, senior NSA leadership is speaking publicly about that program, called the Real Time Regional Gateway or RT-RG.

“Starting in 2005, we started seeing a big uptick in casualties caused by IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and ambushes,”NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett told Fox News. The RT-RG program created to combat those attacks, he said, was really a complete change in how we provided signals intelligence support to the tactical war fighter.

The program, parts of which were classified until now, has dispatched thousands of NSA experts into war zones since 9/11. It has put those experts from an agency most-known for its controversial surveillance programs at grave risk across multiple theatres. But in the process, officials say, RT-RG has saved the lives of fellow Americans.

Col. Bob Harms, one of the first people on the ground for the NSA at Baghdad’s Camp Victory, said the goal was to get in front of our adversaries.

Exclusive images shared with Fox News from Camp Victory show the basic set-up, which took traditional streams of intelligence and married it up with information gathered from raids for instance, taking satellite images and combining that with on-the-ground information about an insurgents movements and contacts, to pinpoint threats.

Some of the most useful information came from captured operatives information known in the intel world as “pocket litter.” Harms said this included pattern of life details including when do they go to sleep, where do they go to sleep, where do they work and those types of things.”

The NSA’s goal was to compress the timeline for crunching all this information from a period of weeks or days, to just hours or minutes. Think of it like a phone app — but instead of giving directions, it’s flagging threats.

“[Battlefield commanders] would actually feed us information so that we could give them a roadmap to the next site,Harms explained.

Ledgett said the program harnessed big data, in a way that it could be used immediately on the battlefield. Ledgett said RT-RG “integrated hundreds of pieces of information,” and then software was developed to draw connections that could “put things on graphical displays” so it was easy for analysts and operators to understand.

“It might connect something like a phone number to a location, to an activity and display that to an analyst who could then, via radio, contact a convoy and say, Hey looks like there’s an ambush waiting for you at this point — go left or go right or take an alternate route,” he said.

Asked about collateral damage the accidental killing of civilians — Ledgett said the program reduced those numbers because targeting data was drawn from multiple sources.No further specifics were offered.

Retired Gen. Jack Keane, a Fox News military analyst, said the program “gave a tool to brigade commanders, who were spread out all over the battlefield, something that they never had before.”

It also took NSA experts out of the office and placed them in the field, to work side-by-side with special operations.

“We needed to be coffee-breath close in order to have that shared situational understanding,” Harms said.

The program extended from Iraq to Afghanistan, and then other conflict zones that the NSA will not publicly identify.The statistics, declassified for this report, are sobering.

“Since 2001, we’ve deployed 5,000 NSA people to Iraq and 8,000 to Afghanistan — and in total, 18,000 to hostile areas around the world,”Ledgett said.”When the operational community embraces you that way and says I want you on my team and I want you there with me that’s a pretty significant statement of value.”

The deployments came with risk. Since 9/11, 24 names have been added to the NSAs memorial wall, which pays tribute to fallen employees. Among them is NSA technical expert Christian Pike, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013 working with the Navy SEALs.

“I’m sorry, I get a little emotional about this one,” Ledgett said, taking a pause during the interview as he described a cabinet in his office with memorial cards for James T. Davis, one of the first Americans killed in Vietnam;NSAs Amanda Pinson, killed by an IED in Iraq while providing signals intelligence support; and Christian Pike. Pike was also a family friend.

This Saturday is Armed Forces Day and what was a ground-breaking NSA program a decade ago is now widely used by the war fighter.

Ledgett said one of the commanding generals in Iraq during the surge credited the NSA with helping take over 4,000 insurgents off the battlefield.

There was an intense effort here How do we drive those losses down? Ledgett said. “Our job was to get the information to the people who needed it.”

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.

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Bitmon – Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining monitor service

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May 212016
 

Bitmon monitors your mining workers around the clock and notifies you as soon as a worker starts to perform badly or stops completely.

You are able to set an individual hashrate threshold for every mining pool worker you have and are notified as soon as a drop in hashrate is detected.

All the common mining pools like CEX, Slush’s Pool, Multipool, Bitminter etc. are supported with more being added continuously, and Bitmon supports all the cryptocurrenies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin etc. in addition, fiat currencies like USD, CAD, DKK etc. used by those mining pools.

View the list of supported mining pools, cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies.

Monitoring your mining pools enables Bitmon to generate great reports that include your mining yield, broken down for each mining pool.

In the reports is also a calculated fiat value based on the latest exchange rate.

The report is available in a daily and weekly interval.

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California Tax Preparation Offices | Liberty Tax

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May 152016
 

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Affordable SEO by Salterra helping your company rank, ALL …

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May 122016
 

Why is Blogging so important to SEO?

Having a blog is one of the easiest ways to increase your websites rankings in the search engine. Lets face it, we ALL have something to say! Dont believe me?? Check out the concept of social media, its a perfect platform for every one of us to speak out mind, and share our pictures of randomness. Lets just make it work for you and your business. The important details that will enhance your site; like SEO strategies, relevant keywords and relevant content are in the blog just pick a topic and stay consistent. Optimizing your website helps search engines read and understand your content, strengthens your reputation, and increases the chances of dominating the search engine. (This is one place where domination isnt necessarily a bad thing) Here I will share with you the most important aspects of optimization and having a blog:

Sweet, sweet SEO dreams! What!? you dont dream of SEO? I bet your dream of expanding your business and building an empire! Its definitely a similar strategy. Search engine optimization is easier with a website that is optimized for CMS (Content Management Systems) and Blogging. This is mainly because the program handles all data and keyword tags. Link metrics are built behind the scenes in a CMS, so optimization is easier and the Google bots can easily pick up your data. (You remember us talking about the bots before, dont you? They are good, no worries) This data stores important and relevant information inside your content such as: Titles Descriptions Headers Internal links New pages Sitemaps SEO friendly URLs Plugins and Extensions This saves you much time and optimizes the linking potential; like a well oiled machine. Link structure is important, and CMS systems typically are easy for search engines to index because they create good internal link structures. Proper internal linking is important, as it sub-categorizes all your content for the search engines. Another quick tidbit to think about is SEO friendly images, they will let search engine spiders understand your content more efficiently. Even if I lost you back at the content list, just know that we at Salterra are working diligently to make your empirical dreams come true!! Call us today.

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Tangier Island Virginia: A Chesapeake Bay Island

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May 122016
 

Tangier Island Virginia is located 12 miles west of the historical waterfront community of Onancock Virginia on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A different way of life; absolutely. Tangier Island residents have no vehicles to travel about on the Island. Transportation on the Island consists of Golf Carts and Bikes. Visitors can rentbikes and Gold Carts at Four Brothers Crab House & Ice Cream Deck upon arriving on the Island. Tangier Islanders take pride in their Chesapeake Bay heritage and have maintained a simpler way of life to some. On the other hand, lifestyles of Tangier Island are diminishing due to the waterman of the Chesapeake Bay struggling today to keep alive working the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Due to tight regulations and restrictions placed by the Commonwealth of Virginia many Tangier Island youths will have to seek employment off of Tangier Island, as independent Tangiermen working the waters of the Chesapeake Bay is much different from days gone by.

Life on Tangier Island is quiet and serene, residents are warm and friendly. Tangier Island, itself, is a nature’s wonderland. Visiting Tangier Island is stepping back in time. The atmosphere is tranquil, and the Chesapeake Bay breeze that blows offers sweet memories as you travel throughout the Island. We suggest that you do not leave the island before you visit the Tangier History Museum.

Tangier Island Transportation by boat, from Onancock, Virginia and Crisfield, Maryland, is available to visitors and residents, alike

Willie Crockett is a well known Tangierman for his artwork, sculpture, and poetry. His honest portrayals of the Chesapeake Bay through is artwork is know internationally. At any given day, (“except when the fishing is right on the Bay” according to Willie) you can find him at his studio and art gallery in Onancock Virginia. Many visitors enjoy stopping in the Studio & Gallery just to meet this world renown wildlife artist…..

The natives speak in a unique manner, that of beautiful Elizabethan English. This identifiable dialect denotes a true “Tangierman”. Remember this when Wallace or Shirley say, “Welcome to Tangier Island and our home.” Guests at Shirley’s Bay View Inn, the Sunset Inn, and the Chesapeake House are in awe of the natural beauty of Tangier Island and the wildlife that surrounds this Chesapeake Bay island. The natural beauty of Tangier Island is enjoyed by all. Upon arriving on Tangier Island there are eco tours, sunset cruises, and more……

Crime Rate: “0”………..*There lies a land in Chesapeake Bay, Its history unfolds from John Smith’s Day, Tangier Island its given name, Captain John Smith founded its fame, A land of Indians for many a year, A way of life – – one need not fear. *Exert from the home page of Shirley’s Bay View Inn

“Tangier Island is alcohol free”

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Beaches – Tourism in Chicago

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May 092016
 

Chicago boasts 26 miles of shoreline, 26 beaches and an 18.5-mile long bike path along Lake Michigan. While most cities build industrially all the way up to their respective lakefronts, Chicago’s remains an open playground to the public.

We’re proud to boast wildlife sanctuaries, golf courses and, of course, beautiful sandy beaches along our celebrated shores.

Located in Jackson Park, 63rd Street Beach is one of Chicago’s oldest and most storied parks. The designers of New York City’s Central Park, Olmsted and Vaux, planned Jackson Park in 1871. By 1888, an area made from granite bricks extended the lakefront, creating a paved beach. In 1899, when Chicago’s innovative Drainage Canal began diverting sewage to other locations, the lakefront became a common sport for public bathing. They were simpler times.

By the early 1900s community planners extended the beach’s sand area by ten acres. An elaborate bathing pavilion was constructed in 1919 and is better known today as the historic 63rd Street Beach House, a celebrated landmark of the area.

In 1909 the North Shore District concentrated its resources on purchasing beachfront real estate and developing a boating basin known as North Shore Park. Less than ten years later the District had acquired nine more acres of lakeshore property, built a small fieldhouse and provided public game rooms. The popularity of the park quickly sky rocketed, bringing droves to the beach in the summer months and filling the ice with skaters in the winter.

In the mid-1930s the Chicago Park District took control of the property and held a contest to choose a new name for the area. Neighborhood residents favored the name Loyola Park, an ode to nearby Loyola University. Over the next half century Loyola Park grew to over 20 acres in size. Today, it’s a central hub for a series of street-end beaches in Rogers Park.

The largest beach in Chicago is a favorite for dog lovers as it contains one of only a pair of Park District-run dog beaches. A fenced off section on the beach’s northern end is open to playful pups who are free to run without a leash once inside the contained area.

The location’s beach house was designed by EV Buchsbaum and, unfortunately, lost the east wing to a fire in the 1950s. Although the east wing was never rebuilt, the house has been remodeled recently with a 3,000-square-foot patio deck and a full service restaurant. Chicago’s July 4th fireworks are held in three locations throughout the city, Montrose Beach hosts the procession for the City’s North Side.

Widely considered Chicago’s trademark beach, North Avenue is conveniently located just north of Downtown Chicago in the picturesque neighborhood of Lincoln Park. Boasting a seven million dollar beach house and the immensely popular Castaways bar, it’s a favorite amongst locals and visitors.

The beach hosts international volleyball tournaments like Volleywood and the AVP Chicago open. It’s also a popular vantage point for the always exciting Chicago Air and Water Show.

The site of the former Miegs Filed airport is now a 91-acre peninsula just south of the Adler Planetarium. The area boasts a 30-acre prairie reserve and, given its proximity to the Lake Michigan, is a popular “hang out” for migratory and resident birds. The prairie was burned for the first time in 2007 to manage invasive plants and encourage native prairie grasses.

In 2005 the city introduced a temporary concert hall that’s reconstructed every year in accordance with the city’s insistence on the area remaining a nature preserve. The venue holds more than 7,000 people and is a popular destination for boaters who seek some from-the-water entertainment. In December of 2010, the Chicago Park District announced its plans for Northerly Island over the next quarter of a century featuring educational themes and year-round use.

In the late 1800s, the construction of a breakwater system at the mouth of the Chicago River led to a buildup of sand just north of the area. As the space grew in size, it became a haven for squatters who claimed the newly formed land as their own. Naturally, this led to a bevy of property disputes.

Most famous, perhaps, is the land quarrel between the City and George Streeter in 1886. Streeter encouraged dumping around a small sandbar, which eventually turned into a sizeable island. He claimed this manmade oasis for himself, sold parcels to nave buyers at the Tremont Hotel, and, to the bafflement of his neighbors, declared the area “The District of Lake Michigan” – neither a part of Chicago or Illinois. This, predictably, triggered a dispute between Streeter and the City that, at times, involved gun fights. Eventually, Streeter was evicted and the island was filled in, giving birth to the micro-neighborhood known today as Streeterville – and the home to Oak Street Beach.

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Crypto-Currency: Bitcoin, Litecoin,

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May 062016
 

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May 042016
 

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Offshore Banking – The New York Times

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Apr 202016
 

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S.E.C. Held Up by Democrats | Criminal Inquiry Into Panama Papers Tax Avoidance Claims | Chinese Consortium to Buy Lexmark

The disclosures of hidden wealth in the Panama Papers have focused attention on the secrecy offered under American law to offshore companies.

By CELESTINE BOHLEN

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain have agreed to share information on company ownership and that urged the Group of 20 Nations to do the same.

By STEPHEN CASTLE

The resignation of Jos Manuel Soria, who has not been charged with wrongdoing, comes at a time of turmoil in Spanish politics, after inconclusive elections in December.

By RAPHAEL MINDER

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left Pakistan to receive medical treatment in London in the middle of an unfolding scandal over his familys offshore wealth.

By SALMAN MASOOD

Many in Africa have long known that billions of dollars are being spirited away to tax havens every year, making their lives even more precarious.

By ALAN COWELL

The tax code is rigged to give Americas biggest corporations a free ride.

By NICHOLAS KRISTOF

Officials said they were looking for evidence of illegal activities during the search of the headquarters of Mossack Fonseca, which specializes in setting up offshore accounts.

By KIRK SEMPLE

The proposed rules, in the works before the Panama Papers leak, are intended in some ways to lift the veil on similar types of corporate secrets.

By JAMES KANTER

The leaked documents show the many ways offshore shell companies are used to conceal the ownership of art. Heres a look at three cases.

By SCOTT REYBURN

The British prime minister confronted the Labour Party in Parliament in a spirited debate over economic fairness that was set off by the Panama Papers.

By STEVEN ERLANGER and SEWELL CHAN

David Lammy, a member of the Labour Party, asked Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain about property owned by offshore companies, what he called dirty money.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The revelations of a vast off shore industry require new laws and new transparency, not finger-pointing, President Juan Carlos Varela says.

By JUAN CARLOS VARELA

Mr. Cameron, the British prime minister, admitted that he had bungled his response to questions about his inheritance from his father, who had an offshore investment company.

By STEVEN ERLANGER

The prime minister has condemned offshore accounts used to avoid taxes, but leaked documents show that his family has profited from an offshore investment fund.

By KIMIKO DE FREYTAS-TAMURA

First Ashley Madison accounts, now offshore accounts?

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The Financial Conduct Authority has given 20 lenders and other financial institutions until April 15 to respond to the request.

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While most nations have agreed to share information to root out tax havens, Panama has dragged its feet.

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

The new Obama administration rules will ultimately discourage companies from investing in the U.S.

By DIANA FURCHTGOTT-ROTH

Readers react to disclosures about the use of tax havens by prominent political figures and their families and associates worldwide.

S.E.C. Held Up by Democrats | Criminal Inquiry Into Panama Papers Tax Avoidance Claims | Chinese Consortium to Buy Lexmark

The disclosures of hidden wealth in the Panama Papers have focused attention on the secrecy offered under American law to offshore companies.

By CELESTINE BOHLEN

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain have agreed to share information on company ownership and that urged the Group of 20 Nations to do the same.

By STEPHEN CASTLE

The resignation of Jos Manuel Soria, who has not been charged with wrongdoing, comes at a time of turmoil in Spanish politics, after inconclusive elections in December.

By RAPHAEL MINDER

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left Pakistan to receive medical treatment in London in the middle of an unfolding scandal over his familys offshore wealth.

By SALMAN MASOOD

Many in Africa have long known that billions of dollars are being spirited away to tax havens every year, making their lives even more precarious.

By ALAN COWELL

The tax code is rigged to give Americas biggest corporations a free ride.

By NICHOLAS KRISTOF

Officials said they were looking for evidence of illegal activities during the search of the headquarters of Mossack Fonseca, which specializes in setting up offshore accounts.

By KIRK SEMPLE

The proposed rules, in the works before the Panama Papers leak, are intended in some ways to lift the veil on similar types of corporate secrets.

By JAMES KANTER

The leaked documents show the many ways offshore shell companies are used to conceal the ownership of art. Heres a look at three cases.

By SCOTT REYBURN

The British prime minister confronted the Labour Party in Parliament in a spirited debate over economic fairness that was set off by the Panama Papers.

By STEVEN ERLANGER and SEWELL CHAN

David Lammy, a member of the Labour Party, asked Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain about property owned by offshore companies, what he called dirty money.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The revelations of a vast off shore industry require new laws and new transparency, not finger-pointing, President Juan Carlos Varela says.

By JUAN CARLOS VARELA

Mr. Cameron, the British prime minister, admitted that he had bungled his response to questions about his inheritance from his father, who had an offshore investment company.

By STEVEN ERLANGER

The prime minister has condemned offshore accounts used to avoid taxes, but leaked documents show that his family has profited from an offshore investment fund.

By KIMIKO DE FREYTAS-TAMURA

First Ashley Madison accounts, now offshore accounts?

By YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR

The Financial Conduct Authority has given 20 lenders and other financial institutions until April 15 to respond to the request.

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While most nations have agreed to share information to root out tax havens, Panama has dragged its feet.

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

The new Obama administration rules will ultimately discourage companies from investing in the U.S.

By DIANA FURCHTGOTT-ROTH

Readers react to disclosures about the use of tax havens by prominent political figures and their families and associates worldwide.

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For over a decade, weve been helping Kansas City companies and businesses around the country dominate online by creating and executing Content Marketing, SEO and Inbound Marketing strategies. Our team is lead by a nationally published author and recognized authority in search engine optimization and Internet marketing. Check out our website we practice every word of what we preach.

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Fox Web Creations can help you optimize your website to be search engine friendly with on-page optimization (meta tag composition, site map, semantic navigation, html optimization, keyword research) and off-page optimization (link building, link strategy, citations, local directory submissions, search engine submissions, press releases, article submissions, social bookmarking, social media marketing). With a user-friendly website thats well-optimized for search engines and user friendly, as well as a thriving community of other websites endorsing your company, youll have better SEO and a better page rank. Your business is missing out on customers if you dont rank on the first page of search engines, and our Kansas City SEO services can help you get there.

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A free event open to the public, Eugenics in California: a Legacy of thePast?, will take place at the Berkeley Law School on the UC Berkeleycampus (105 Boalt Hall) on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 12:30 to 2 pm.

For much of the 20th century, California was at the forefront of eugenicideology and practices in the United States, and holds the dubiousdistinction of being the state with the highest number of eugenicsterilizations performed under the authority of law some 20,000procedures between 1909 and the mid-1950s. Coerced sterilizationscontinued in public hospitals into the 1970s, and it has recently come tolight that in very recent years, women prisoners in California have beensterilized without their consent or knowledge. Today, California is aleader in research and services related to human genomics and assistedreproductive technologies. Speakers at this public event will consider thelong history of eugenics in California and explore continuities anddiscontinuities in the uses and misuses of genetic ideas and practices.

Dean Christopher Edley, Berkeley School of Law, will give opening remarksto welcome attendees.

SPEAKERS:

“Eugenic Sterilization in California: Stories and Statistics” Miroslava Chvez-Garca, University of California at Davis, and AlexandraMinna Stern, University of Michigan

We provide an overview of the patterns of the 20,000 eugenic sterilizationsperformed in California state institutions from 1909 to 1979, with closeattention to race, gender, class, and diagnosis. We will also highlightstories of sterilization victims and the ways in which they attempted tochallenge the state’s authority to control and contain their reproductiverights. As we will demonstrate, the process had a devastating impact onthe victims.

Ms Bebs? (documentary film) Renee Tajima-Pea, University of California at Santa Cruz; Virginia Espino,University of California at Santa Cruz, and Kate Trumbull, documentaryfilmmaker

The feature-length documentary Ms Bebs? (working title) investigatesthe history of Mexican American women who allege they were coercivelysterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and70s. Many spoke no English, and testified that they were prodded intotubal ligations during active labor. The sterilizations triggered the1978 class action lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, and a protest campaignthat galvanized the Chicana feminist movement.

Eugenics in California Womens Prisons Today Kimberly Jeffrey and Courtney Hooks, Justice Now

Since 2003, Justice Now has been working collaboratively with people inCalifornias womens prisons to document how prisons violate theinternational right to family and function as a tool of reproductiveoppression. Presenters will place a spotlight on personal experience withas well as the systemic pattern of destruction of reproductive capacity ofwomen of color and gender variant people in California womens prisonsthrough several state-sanctioned policies, including forced and coercedsterilizations (e.g. the illegal and routine sterilization of hundreds ofpeople in prison during labor and delivery), and other violations of safemotherhood and reproductive justice.

Should We Worry About a New Eugenics? Marcy Darnovsky, Center for Genetics and Society

Today’s fast-developing genetic and reproductive technologies offersignificant benefits, but can also be misused in ways that exacerbateexisting inequalities and create entirely new forms of injustice. California, a hotbed of eugenic advocacy in the last century, is today acenter of biotechnology research and commercial development and theassisted reproduction sector, as well as home to some troublingtechno-enthusiastic ideologies. Our efforts to confront California’seugenic history can help prevent these dynamics from veering toward a neweugenics.

CONTACTS: Susan Schweik, UC Berkeley, sschweik@berkeley.edu, MarcyDarnovsky, Center for Genetics and Society,darnovsky@geneticsandsociety.org

Co-sponsored by the Center for Genetics and Society and U.C. BerkeleysHaas Diversity Research Center, School of Law, Institute for the Study ofSocietal Issues, American Cultures Center, Disability Studies program,Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, and Center for Race and Gender.

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If there is one dominant myth about the worldit is that we all go around assuming the world is much more of a planned place than it is.Matt Ridley, The Evolution of Everything

For those fascinated by the cosmic gears that guide us forward, and for those who http://singularityhub.com/2015/07/12/can-we-control-our-technological-destiny-or-are-we-just-along-for-the-ride/ “>question how central humans are in the story of unfolding of change, a new(ish) book by Matt Ridley, The Evolution of Everything, offers a convincing narrative for just how far our planning brains are from being master and commander of the fast-paced world in which we now live.

Ridleys book applies the evolution-centric framing of progress that fans of Kevin Kellys What Technology Wants will recognize, with sixteen chapterseach representing a new field to which one can apply his theory. The book is a dream read for aspiring polymaths, with far-ranging topics that span the evolution of the universe, morality, technology, the economy, government, religion, and a remarkably up-to-the-minute summary of the Internet (Blockchain fans rejoice!).

Human society isnt planned by the human brain, Ridley argues, but is instead the result of emergent, bottom-up, and ultimately unpredictable forces of evolution. Its a convincing narrative that aims to dispel the arrogance associated with humankinds craving forand belief inour having control.

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Alain points out, One could then say, that it is the sea herself who fashions the boat.

Boat designs evolved over time from those who experimented with putting things in the water to see what could float and then copying and improving the best designs (that is, the ones that didnt sink). These designs didnt come formed inside anyones mind, ready for building. Its our tendency to ascribe a clever boat schematic to those working on the designs of our boats but humans didnt design boatsthe water did.

This ethos is one of progress by trial and error in pursuit of a goal rather than top-down control. In biological evolution the goal is survival given environmental constraints; in boats, its not sinking, given the dynamics of water. The goal and constraints define the shape of progress and result in better designs.

Its a mind-set now being adopted more widely within business innovation circles, as seen by the success of experimentation-based methodologies such as the lean startup approach. As Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, first proposed, businesses can radically transform their likelihood of success by reducing central planning and adapting a product to the needs of the customer in an iterative way over time. The customers needs become the core designer in building better products.

Its also this intuitive understanding of trial and error that allows kindergarten students to consistently outperform the planning-minded brains of recent MBA graduates on the popular https://www.ted.com/talks/tom_wujec_build_a_tower?language=en “>marshmallow challenge. Kindergarteners instinctively prototype towards an outcome rather than overthink and plan.

The sculpting prowess of evolution is now being used to build even our most advanced technologies as well. With recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, computer science is moving beyond the deliberately designed world of engineering to one where computers self-code to do things such as http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-george-hotz-self-driving-car/ “>drive cars, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600889/google-unveils-neural-network-with-superhuman-ability-to-determine-the-location-of-almost/ “>recognize where a picture was taken, and solve http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a15886/computer-scientific-theory/ “>centuries-old biology problems.

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So what does this mean for usa species http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3385676/ “>who some argue reached our much vaunted place atop the animal kingdom through an ability to imagine outcomes and execute accordingly? Its likely more nuanced than Ridleys binary approach of central-planning is bad/bottom-up is good.

Though Ridley demonstrates a self-awareness for the one-sidedness of his arguments, they do push too far at times. Everything from World War I to the 2008 financial crisis is blamed on top-down problems.

Others, however, have convincingly argued that these two events were the ultimate of bottom-up disasters (for example, http://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-50-blueprint-for-armageddon-i/ “>this amazing podcast by Dan Carlin profiles the calamity of unexpected horrors that plunged the world into the First World War). The book also ignores that top-notch central planning has resulted in good business strategy and, at times, good policy. For example, Apple, who do understand customer-focused design principles better than anyone, has succeeded through making their iOS environment http://www.cultofmac.com/329381/app-store-vs-google-play-is-it-time-apple-stopped-being-a-control-freak/ “>a notoriously closed-source place. And as distinguished Singularity University faculty David Roberts often points out, the coordinated efforts by our world governments have https://theconversation.com/saving-the-ozone-layer-why-the-montreal-protocol-worked-9249 “>addressed the depletion of the ozone layer with great success.

Things occur from a blending of top-down and bottom-up, and they arent always good or bad in the way that Ridley suggests.

The larger point of Ridleys book is spot-on, however. Humans tend to reason that things are the result of coordinated efforts from people we assume are smarter and more qualified than we are. For Ridley, we better become a more bottom-up-based societyand fast. He thinks central planning is bad policy, bad for business, and bad for the citizens of the world.

The world does face a growing list of challenges, and Ridleys magic pill is counterintuitivenamely that humanity ought to get out of its own overcontrolling way. Ridleys practical guide might best be embodied by Forgetting Sarah Marshalls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKIpCPS-oZc “>do-less mentality for learning to surf. And that mentality may be too much to stomach for a control-thirsty species like ours.

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On hearing words like industry and manufacturing most of us probably picture sprawling assembly lines, heavy machinery, groaning metal, and flying sparks. Few of us likely envision gazelles or fighter jetsagility and manufacturing dont really go together.

But thats about to change.

Its being called the fourth industrial revolution. Today, this means the recent and ongoing explosion of sensors and data in industrial settings. Sensors can do everything from precisely counting inventory to tracking goods as theyre trucked across the country or over the ocean.

This information will provide a real-time window into the supply chain and make it more efficient, a familiar goal in manufacturing. But thats just the beginning.

Customers and managers want this insight turned into action to satisfy an ever-increasing need for agility asthe production of physical goods looks increasingly like a laggard compared tothe rapid changes of its digital peers.

Here are six reasons why physical product companies need that agility to survive.

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Market conditions change fast, and when they do, its important to respond quickly and decisively. But thats easier said than done, and we can see industries struggling to adapt.

2015 marked the first year that growth in shipping volumes was below growth in GDP, according to Nomura. A trillion-dollar industry was never more visibly subject to currency fluctuations and fickle demand. Boats have been idled and scrapped, and in certain markets, new orders have frozen, sending shivers throughout shippingfrom shipyards to ports.

This picture is repeated elsewhere. In oil and gas, for example, the shale industry in the US virtually collapsed overnight as prices eroded. Shale wells have the advantage of having a low shelf life and being relatively easy to close down. Car companies had less luck and had to be bailed out in 2008 as they struggled to adjust production to demand.

Agile production methods make tooling less expensive and machines fungible, and thus enable companies to adapt rapidly to changes in global markets by redirecting resources easily to new tasks.

Divergent3D Blade supercar.

The relentless pressure to improve performance is particularly clear in transportation. Fuel efficiency, for example, is constantly getting better. Where do these gains come from? Design, better utilization, but also, crucially, from manufacturing technologies.

The automotive power-to-weight ratio, which has been decreasing steadily, is maybe the best example of this.Take Divergent3Ds first car, the Blade.

The Blades frame, made entirely of carbon fiber and 3D-printed components, is the lowest power-to-weight ratio ever. It also reduces tooling costs by a factor of 13. The techniques used for the Divergent3D car are now being licensed to large scale production runs of well-known brands.

Deploying new technologies such as 3D printing gives companies a large step ahead in highly competitive industries with razor thin margins, such as the automotive market. But increasingly they are needed just to be able to compete.

With rapid technology changes, we dont know where the next innovation will come from. Firms need the ability to integrate new solutions into their production quickly. The current form of heavy up-front capital investment and fixed production lines that are trimmed to a specific output years in advance cannot deliver this.

Its not just tooling prices that can be reduced through more agile operations. As https://www.linkedin.com/in/smartdigital?trk=pulse-det-athr_prof-art_hdr “>Jonas Berge pointed in response to a https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/turning-sensors-agents-shape-industry-40-come-andre-wegner?trk=pulse_spock-articles “>previous article, smarter manufacturing operations are allowing chemical companies to adapt to changing raw materials prices.

Berge uses a refinery as an example. The price of a particular kind of crude oil, for example, becomes an attractive low-cost optionproblem is, its corrosive. Solution? Corrosion sensors in the pipes. Or perhaps they want to use shale oil and need to monitor heat exchangers. Again, sensors are the answer. With the right monitoring, they can switch between cheaper inputs.

The customer is always right. Managing inventory to keep up with quick changes in needs and tastes is a must. For physical product companies the cost of moving too slowly is high.Some are adopting software-like cycles of testing, measuring, and updating to get an edge.

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According to a https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.scribd.com/doc/74021699/Colombia-Case-Zara%23scribd&sa=D&ust=1458418237159000&usg=AFQjCNEgroKyG6R6YtRCa-krDj_eTKh-JA “>Columbia University case study, this gives Zara a strong competitive advantage.They need sell only 15 to 20 percent of their clothing at discount compared to 30 to 40 percent at other retailers. Further, it encourages customers to visit the store more often17 times a season versus 3 to 4 times at GAPbecause they know there will always be new items.

Xiaomi, the billion-dollar Chinese consumer tech startup, built its business on a similar strategyusing flash sales to test demand and producing only after theyve met certain thresholds. This allows them to keep very low inventory and have far faster product release cycles than competitors.

Both these cases and many others like them show that hardware release cycles are moving the same way as software.

At my company, http://www.authentise.com “>Authentise, we do 60+ releases a week to fix bugs, address customer needs, and ready our tools for the next stage. While physical products can only dream of such a frictionless release cycle, customers are demanding better.

As new influences and needs bounce around the internet at the speed of light, all businesses, including product companies, need to react faster.

Who you employ is as important as what you produce.

Manufacturing companies, for example, have long been able to rely on loyal, experienced professionals. Now, they are retiring and few are willing to fill manual jobs. The US is expected to have 3.5 million manufacturing vacancies in the next 10 years, according to a http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/~/media/827DBC76533942679A15EF7067A704CD.ashx “>Deloitte study, 2 million of which are likely to go unfilled due to the skills gap.

The rapidly changing environment of the manufacturing workplace is partially to blame, as new IT skills are needed. But technological innovations such as robotics or augmented reality can also help make the workforce and hiring process more agile by reducing the need for skilled labor in areas where those particular skills are retiring.

Companies dont have an alternative route to growth. Previous strategies such as outsourcing are the victims of their own success. Chinese wages, for instance, rose 17% between 2001-13, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, which has led to nearly 50% of managers expressing an interest in reshoring. Without an intelligent manufacturing process enabling a more agile workforce, they wont be able to do so.

While companies may spend a decade planning for shifts in the workforce, environmental disasters often dictate significantly more agilityand its absence can cost companies dearly.

When the Thoku earthquake and following tsunami wiped out four key Toyota plants and countless suppliers, no contingency plan would hold. Nearly a month later, two thirds of their suppliers from northeastern Japan were still http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2011/04/08/japan-quake-tsunami-take-heavy-toll-on-toyota/#6d75342f7f04 “>not functioning.

A more agile manufacturing operation that allowed production to be re-routed autonomously may have been able to keep more of Toyotas operations running during the event. Fixed tooling for factories able only to produce a single car also means there are fixed points of failure.

Toyotas http://www.toyota-global.com/company/profile/figures/vehicle_production_sales_and_exports_by_region.html “>production declined by over 600,000 cars in 2011 and the firm lost its place as largest automaker by volume. The price of a less-than-agile manufacturing operation is staggering.

Most manufacturers are aware http://xmanu.co/footer23 “>its time to adopt a more agile approachno wonder so many are eager to adopt Industry 4.0. Whether its customers, the environment, suppliers, or the marketleaders are hearing they have to turn their large, slow moving ships into nimble jets.

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Technology goes beyond mere tool making; it is a process of creating ever more powerful technology using the tools from the previous round of innovation.Ray Kurzweil

A decade ago, smartphones (as we know them by today’s standards) didn’t exist. Three decades earlier, no one even owned a computer.Think about thatthe first personal computers arrivedabout 40 years ago. Today, it seems nearly everyone is gazing at a glowing, handheld computer. (In fact, two-thirds of Americans own one, http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/01/us-smartphone-use-in-2015/ “>according to a Pew Report.)

Intuitively, itfeels like technology is progressing faster than ever. But is it really? According to Ray Kurzweilyes, it absolutely is. In his bookhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143037889/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0143037889&linkCode=as2&tag=singula05-20&linkId=BJTBCRKETX72DPL7 “>The Singularity Is Near, Kurzweil shows technology’s quickening pace and explains the force behind it all.

This article will explore Kurzweil’s explanation of this driving force, which he dubbed the law of accelerating returns, and the surprising implications of technology’s acceleration.

Computer chips have become increasingly powerful while costing less. That’s because over the last five decades the number of transistorsor the tiny electrical components that perform basic operationson a single chip have been doubling regularly.

This exponential doubling, http://singularityhub.com/2016/03/08/will-the-end-of-moores-law-halt-computings-exponential-rise/ “>known as Moore’s Law, is the reasona modern smartphone affordably packs so much dizzying capability intosuch a small package.

The technological progress in computer chips is well knownbut surprisingly, it isnt a special case. A range of other technologies demonstrate similar exponential growth, whether bits of data stored or DNA base pairs recorded. The outcome is the same: capabilities have increased by thousands, millions, and billions for less cost in just decades.

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The above charts showa few examples of acceleratingtechnologies, http://kk.org/thetechnium/was-moores-law/ “>but more examples are plentiful. These do not directly depend on the doubling of transistor countsand yet each one moves along its own exponential curve just as computer chips do.

So, what’s going on?

According to thelaw of accelerating returns, the pace of technological progressespecially information technologyspeeds up exponentially over time because there is a common force driving it forward.Being exponential, as it turns out, is all about evolution.

Lets begin with biology, a familiar evolutionary process.

Biology hones natural technologies, so to speak. Recorded within the DNA of living things are blueprints of useful tools known as genes. Due to selective pressureor survival of the fittestadvantageous innovations are passed alongto offspring.

As this process plays out generation after generation over geological timescales, chaotically yet incrementally, incredible growth takes place. By building ongenetic progress rather than starting over, organisms have increased in complexity and capability over time. This innovative power is evident nearly everywhere we look on Earth today.

Evolution applies positive feedback, Kurzweil writes. The more capable methods resulting from one stage of evolutionary progress are used to create the next stage.”

Biologys many innovations include cells, bones, eyes, thumbs, brainsand from thumbs and brains, technology. According to Kurzweil, technology is also an evolutionary process, likebiology, only it moves from one invention to the next much faster.

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Civilizations advance by “repurposing” the ideas and breakthroughs of their predecessors. Similarly, each generation of technology builds on the advances of previous generations, and this creates a positive feedback loop of improvements.

Kurzweil’s big idea is that each new generation of technology stands on the shoulders of its predecessorsin this way, improvements in technology enable the next generation of even better technology.

Because each generation of technology improves over the last, the rate of progress from version to version speeds up.

To see this, imagine making a chair with hand tools, power tools, and finally assembly lines. Production gets faster after each step. Now imagine each generation of these tools is also used to design and build better tools. Kurzweil suggests such a process is at play in the design of ever-faster computer chips with the software and computers used by engineers.

“The first computers were designed on paper and assembled by hand. Today, they are designed on computer workstations with the computers themselves working out many details of the next generation’s design, and are then produced in fully automated factories with only limited human intervention.” – Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near

This acceleration can be measured in the returns of the technologysuch as speed, efficiency, price-performance, and overall “power”which improve exponentially too.

The acceleration of acceleration: Its a bit like climbing a mountain and receiving a jetpack.

Further, as a technology becomes more effective, it attracts more attention. The result is a flood of new resourcessuch as increased R&D budgets, recruiting top talent, etc.which are directed to further improving the technology.

This wave of new resources triggers a second level of exponential growth, where the rate of exponential growth (the exponent) also begins accelerating.

However, specific paradigms (e.g., integrated circuits) won’t grow exponentially forever. They grow until they’ve exhausted their potential, at which point a new paradigm replaces the old one.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-law-of-accelerating-returns “>Kurzweil wrote in 2001 that every decadeour overall rate of progress was doubling, We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st centuryit will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate).”

This suggests that the horizons for amazinglypowerful technologies may be closer than we realize. Some of http://singularityhub.com/2015/01/26/ray-kurzweils-mind-boggling-predictions-for-the-next-25-years/ “>Ray Kurzweils predictions from the last 25 yearsmay have seemed a stretch at the timebut many were right.

Like in 1990 when he predicted that a computer would beat a pro chess player by 1998, which came true in 1997 when Garry Kasparov lost to IBMs Deep Blue. (Now, in 2016, http://singularityhub.com/2016/02/06/how-googles-ai-beat-a-human-at-go-a-decade-earlier-than-expected/ “>a computer has mastered the even more complex game Goan accomplishment not expected by some experts for another decade.)

Were only 15 years into the 21st century and the progress has been pretty stunningthe global adoption of the Internet, smartphones, http://singularityhub.com/2016/02/24/atlas-robot-is-more-capable-and-human-than-ever-in-latest-video/ “>ever-more agile robots, http://singularityhub.com/2016/02/15/where-artificial-intelligence-is-now-and-whats-just-around-the-corner/ “>AIthat learns. We sequenced the first human genome in 2004 at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Now,machines can sequence http://singularityhub.com/2014/02/02/illumina-claims-new-sequencer-transcribes-18000-genomes-per-year-at-1000-each/ “>18,000 annually for $1,000 a genome.

These are just a few examples of the law of accelerating returns driving progress forward. Because the future is approaching much faster than we realize, it’s critical to think exponentially about where we’re headed and how we’ll get there

To learn more about the exponential pace of technology and http://singularityhub.com/2015/01/26/ray-kurzweils-mind-boggling-predictions-for-the-next-25-years/ “>Ray Kurzweil’s predictions, readhis2001 essay “http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-law-of-accelerating-returns “>The Law of Accelerating Returns” and his book,http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143037889/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0143037889&linkCode=as2&tag=singula05-20&linkId=BJTBCRKETX72DPL7 ” target=”_blank”>The Singularity Is Near.

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For as long as I can remember, Ive wanted to learn Japanese.

Linguists often say that the best way to learn a foreign language is to immerse yourself in it, and thats what I did. For a while, I put post-it notes on items with their Japanese names on them, watched anime with the subtitles off and even fell asleep to kawaii Japanese podcasts whispering in my ear.

Learn by osmosis, right? Maybe even as I sleep something will stick, I thought.

http://i0.wp.com/singularityhub.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/scientists-find-sleep-ultimate-memory-aid-3.jpg?resize=300%2C200 ” alt=”scientists-find-sleep-ultimate-memory-aid-3″ data-recalc-dims=”1″ /> It sounds utterly nonsensical learn while youre unconscious?! but the idea of sleep learning has thrived for centuries. Eerily described in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley in the 1930s, sleep was once thought to be a subliminal state similar to hypnosis, in which the person is susceptible to messages from the outside world.

Perhaps because of this dystopian sci-fi association, early neuroscientists lambasted sleep-learning something desirable, marketable and potentially abusive as quackery.

As it turns out, they might be wrong.

Sleep may be the brave new world for learning. A recent flood of high profile studies suggest that our nightly slumber profoundly boosts what weve learned in the previous day, making the information stick.

But here’s the crazy cool part: animals and humans may have the ability to absorb new information during sleep, without ever being consciously aware of the learning process.

Let me be clear: its an extremely contentious idea, one far from settled. But heres what we know. The story starts with a seahorse-shaped brain structure called the hippocampus and the electrical waves that oscillate through it after the lights go out.

As you go about your day, various experiences are transformed into electrical impulses that spread through neural networks in the hippocampus. These waves of activity gently tweak the connections between neurons called synapses, making some stronger and others weaker.

Roughly speaking, memories are temporarily stored in these changes in synaptic strength, much like information in a computer is stored by swapping 0s and 1s.

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Anglo-American Satanists The best-organized Satanist forces operating presently inside the United States include the following prominent organizations: THE LUCIS TRUST This is the leading, putatively respectable Britain-based Satan cult (it worships Lucifer). The Lucis Trust, which runs the only religious chapel at the New York United Nations headquarters, The Temple of Understanding, was originaly founded as the Lucifer Trust, in London, in 1923. The Lucis Trust associated with the UNO is the New York affiliate of the British organization. The name was changed from Lucifer Trust, to Lucis Trust, to make the nature of the organization less conspicuous. The Lucis Trust’s leading sponsors include the following prominent figures: Henry Clausen, Supreme Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern District Scottish Rite Freemasons Norman Cousins John D. Rockefeller IV The Rockefeller Foundation The Marshall Field family Robert McNamara Thomas Watson (IBM, former US Ambassador to Moscow) The United Lodge of Theosophists of New York City U. Alexis Johnson, former Undersecretary of State Rabbi Marc Tannenbaum, American Jewish Committee Prominent front-organizations sponsored by the Lucis Trust, include the following: The Theosophical Order of Service (founded by Annie Besant in1908) The Theosophical Society (founded by Helena P. Blavatsky in 1875) The United Nations Association The World Wildlife Fund UK The Findhorn Foundation Greenpeace International Greenpeace USA Amnesty International The Nicholas Roerich Society (chief connection to Russian mysticism, spirituality) The Anthroposophs of Rudolf Steiner The Rudolf Steiner School [these could not be genuine followers of Steiner] UNESCO UNICEF The American Friends Service Committee THE ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS (OTO) This is today’s best-known of the hard-core, British-based Satanist cults. Like the Lucis Trust, the OTO is a direct off-shoot of the work of Britain’s leading twentieth-century Satanist, Theosophy leader Aliester Crowley. OTO enthusiasts claim this organization is an offshoot of Templar freemasonry, and hint at very influential protection from among Templars very high in British freemasonry. THE WICCA CULT The WICCA cult came to the surface early during the post-war period, as a legalized association for the promotion of witchcraft. It is the leading publicly known international association of witches in the world today. In the United States, WICCA’s outstanding sponsor is the New York Anglican (Episcopal) diocese, under Bishop Paul Moore. Officially, New York’s Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Divine has promoted the spread of WICCA witchery through its Lindisfarne center. The late Gregory Bateson conducted such an operation out of the Lindisfarne center during the 1970s. No later than the 1970s, and perhaps still today, the crypt of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, is the headquarters for solemn ceremonies of the British (Venerable) Order of Malta. Key figures, such as Gregory Bateson’s former spouse, Dame Margaret Mead, associated with that British order, have been associated with projects in support of the Satanist “Age of Aquarius” cause. For obvious reasons, U.S. witches have chosen Salem, Massachusetts, as their national center. One of the most important operations of these witches is their coordination of the hardcore of U.S. astrology rackets. THE AGE OF AQUARIUS The “Age of Aquarius,” or “New Age,” is the generic name adopted by the modern Satanist movement. The best-publicized among the founders of the Age of Aquarius movement include Fyodor Dostoevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, Alex Muenthe (of Capri notoriety), and Aleister Crowley. Most Aquarians trace the origins of modern Satanism to Nietzsche and Crowley. Anti-Christ cultist Nietzsche announced that the twentieth century would see the end of the Age of Pisces, which Aquarians associate with the figures of Socrates and Christ; Nietzsche prophesied that the New Age would be the Age of Aquarius, which he identified with the Satanic figure Dionysos. Crowley announced himself publicly a devotee of Nietzsche’s New Age cult in his Vienna Theosophy magazine, near the beginning of this century, and indicated as his preferred choice of name for Satan. Among hard-core insiders, the New Age models its dogma on the Magis’ cult of Mithra, as Nietzsche did. The cult has notable affinities to the Bulgarian-Cathar Bogomil cult(from which the slang term “buggery” is derived). The New Age’s most celebrated historical figure, its choice for the original “incarnation” of the Anti-Christ, is the Roman Emperor Tiberius who ordered the execution of Christ. [Some Roman emperors, most notably Caligula, became possessed by being initiated without being suitably prepared.] Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering were among the notable figures who followed this cult. The best-known coordinating-center for the Age of Aquarius project in the U.S.A. today is Palo Alto, California’s Stanford Ressearch Institute, whose Willis Harman is the relevant leading personality. See Harman disciple Marilyn Feruguson’s 1980 Aquarian Conspiracy for a popular exposition of Harman’s views and program for subversion of the United States. Ferguson is accurate when she reports that the Fabian Society’s H.G. Wells (World War I boss of British intelligence) is a key figure of the Aquarian Conspiracy. Also key are Wells’ ally, Bertrand Russell, and such Russell cronies as Robert M. Hutchins (Chicago University, Ford Foundation, Fund for the Republic, Aspen Institute, and the project). Both Margaret Mead and her husband Gregory Bateson were close collaborators of Russell and Hutchins from no later than 1938. The brothers, Aldous (Hollywood) and Julian (UNO) Huxley were collaborators of H. G. Wells, and were recruited to Crowley’s Satanist cult during the late 1920s. SATAN ROCK Since the launching of the Beatles as an international project via TV in 1963, “rock” has been the most influential recruiter to Satanism. Rock was created, and is still coordinated by Crowley’s followers and by the OTO network, in cooperation with WICCA. It is, not so incidentally, also the Satanist’s biggest money-maker, and believed to provide the chief logistical support for deployments and other activities of the OTO-WICCA efforts world-wide. There is nothing spontaneous or accidental about “rock.” It is a product of classical studies of the ancient Phrygian terrorist cult of Satan-Dionysos, the model for the Roman Bacchic cults of similar characteristics. Crowley’s control of the “rock industry” has been documented by a team of [private] investigators, who have also noted, that in addition to the Satanist lyrics, Satanist messages embedded sublimally in rock recordings are a key feature of this subversive operation. The “rock rythm” itself is copied from the old Dionysian-Bacchic cults. Even without the drugs and sexual orgies which are characteristic features of hard-core rock affairs, repeated,frequent, hours-long exposure to constant repetition of “rock rythms” produces lasting, drug-like effects on the mind of the victim. Reducing sexual practices to the level of bestiality,is a crucial feature of Satanism in all historical periods studied, from Phrygian Cybele-Dionysos cult-period onward. From western continental Europe, among the threats to the U.S. from this quarter, the two leading open centers for hard-core Satanism today, are Turin, Italy (where actress ElizabethTaylor’s “Live AIDS” project attempted to sponsor an aborted Satan-rock festival), and Lausanne, Switzerland. The Satanist Mind Satanists already have numerous victims. Most of the sexual and related atrocities perpetrated upon “disappeared” infants and other children, are done as part of the rituals outlined in manuals of Satanist organizations. A leading police association has received expert estimate, that of all known murders, one in five is a ritual murder, like the ritual London assassination of Italy’s Roberto Calvi, perpetrated by members of Satanist cults. The “Son of Sam” murders in New York, and the Cobb County-based cult operations in the so-called “Atlanta child-murders,” fit into this pattern. Satanism is not “just another nutty occult fad.” The mind of the Satanist is pure evil; the Satanist is a former person who has been transformed into something no longer human. It begins like drug-addiction; the prospective recruit to Satanism “gets into something” on a playful impulse, but then finds himself or herself gripped by compulsions which he or she can no longer control. Drugs and other special circumstances may be significant collateral features of the initiation, but not necesarily. The key is “letting oneself go,” into the depths of acting-out impulses which combine sexual impulses and rage as a unity, and expressing this form of “pleasure” in the form of an act which violates an important precept of one’s own conscience. Nietzsche’s writings, especially toward the last period of life preceding his mental breakdown, address these special sorts of emotions, and refer implicitly to terrible obscene acts as the prospective fulfilment of such impulses. Nietzsche recognized these impulses as Satanic –dionysiac– in quality. [Dionysiac activity, or wild abandon, by itself leads to non-demonic possession. Becoming demonically possessed requires killing, torturing, or tormenting someone with a neutral or positive attitude.] Ordinarily we think of the criminal mind as representing a person whose goals are based on “normal human impulses,” but whose choice of means is immoral. Doing something illegal is not necessarily immoral; the useful definition of the criminal mind, is the person inclined to prefer immoral means as short-cuts to some goal usually not inconsistent with normal human impulses. In the case of the Satanist, we touch upon something way beyond such a mere criminal mind. Imagine a criminal mind which has undergone a curious transformation. Perhaps, formerly, this fellow was an habitual thief, even of that sort of twisted mind which delighted in occasions he might have imagined he had pretext to exert the power of life or death over some chance victim on the scene of his crime. Yet, up to that point, robbery or kindred results were always the prompting of his criminal activity. Now, he has changed. Crime is no longer motivated by the impulse to employ cruel means for personal gain. Instead, the pleasure of the sense of power realized in employing viciously cruel means, becomes an end in itself. This form of criminal pleasure becomes a blend of rage and sexuality. Jaded appetites create the mental state in that man, that he must do something more monstrous than he has done before, to realize the desired level of orgiastic pleasure from the evil deed. Evil for the purpose of doing evil, has become for him, a goal in and of itself. This man has become a beast, a virtual Satanist. That is the state of mind which Satanism seeks to develop inits initiates. It might begin with an ordinary sexual act performed under the influence of an ugly state of mind. Soon, something much more degraded becomes a need for the prospective initiate’s rapidly jaded appetites. In contrast to the healthy mind, which seeks always to become better in what is being mastered, for the initiate to Satanism, a sense of need develops, to seek to muster oneself to do something much worse than one has ever done before. Satanic cults organize that degraded process of self-degeneration. The potential for endemic incidence of individual bestiality within society, is transformed into an organized,institutionalized form of social behavior. The tradition of the “Black Mass,” points to the mechanisms of Satanism as such. Nietzsche’s instruction is much to the point. Perform some really monstrous act of blasphemy, and associate that blasphemous doing with some sort of degraded,orgiastic pleasure. Go back to ancient Mesopotamia, whence Satanism was transmitted to western Europe. The relevant figure of Satanism is not a male, but a female figure. The male figure –Satan, Baal, Lucifer, and so on–is a subordinate figure; the female principle of evil is pre-dominant. Hence, Satan’s mother, the “Whore of Babylon,”known otherwise as the Chaldean Ishtar, the Caananite Astarte,Isis, Venus, or the Phrygian Cybele. The ritual of the priestesses of Ishtar was an obscene “religious service” which concluded with the priestesses’ fornicating with the congregation. Hence, “Whore of Babylon,” and the associated position of Ishtar, Athtar, Astarte, Isis, and Venus as the patron goddess of prostitution. This satanic cult-practice was introduced to Mesopotamia from pre-Aryan India [which was Inanna/Ishtar’s assigned domain – see Sitchin’s Wars of Gods and Men]. The so-called “Harrappan” culture, featuring the Earth-Mother and fertility goddess Shakti and her satanic male figure Siva, established a set of colonies in the Middle East. The Sumer established as a colony by what the local semites named “the black-headed people” (Dravidians), was a Harrapan colony. There, among the semites, Shakti became known as Ishtar. In the Harrapan colony of Sheba-Ethiopia, Shakti became known as Athtar. In the Caananite (“Phoenician”) offshoot of Harrapan colonizing, she became known as Astarte. The Hellenic cults of Isis and Osiris, were offshoots of the Harrapan cult of Shakti-Siva, by this route. When the same cult spread to an Indo-european people, the Phrygians, Shakti-Siva assumed the Indo-european forms of Cybele and Dionysos (day-night). Apollo and Lucifer are variants of the name for Satan-Osiris-Dionysos. [Ishtar was ambitious.] Among the Caananites, for example, Satanism expressed itself in such forms as the worship of Moloch, with the included custom of making a human sacrifice of the first-born of each marriage. Notably, that Caananite tradition is featured in the modern Satanists’ ritual sexual and homicidal rituals upon infants and children used as human sacrifices. By combining the means by which men and women are degraded into potentially satanic forms of beasts, as rituals associated with Satanism practised as an “anti-religion,” large-scale Satanic movements are developed through systematic proselytzing. The result of this initiation, as we have already stressed,is no human being, but a former human being transformed into something which is not human. Modern liberals and others frown on reports of savage witch-hunts from earlier centuries. Usually, the special British COINTELPRO operation, run in Salem Massachusetts as a covert operation against the independence of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, is commonly referenced. A better comparison is the proliferating of Satanist movements during the fourteenth century; these witches were actually sub-human, Satanist beasts, who represented that sort of mass threat to the population of that period. So, the population, as its only defense against a genuine Satanic force of that sort, hunted them down and sought to wipe them out. Not for nothing, does the Old Testament warn, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” The witches of the old Middle East and fourteenth-century Europe were very real, very evil witches, no longer human, but murderous beasts. Modern Witchcraft The modern spread of witchcraft in English-speaking nations, began during the sixteenth century, in the setting of imported cabalist and rosicrucan cults built up around Oxford and Cambridge. Francis Bacon and his secretary Thomas Hobbes were part of this movement. The endemic inculcation in Satanism which this prompted in seventeenth-century England, exploded after the accession of King George I, in the form of the Hell-fire Clubs which proliferated among degenerate English nobility during the long Liberal prime ministry of Hugh Walpole. During the Stuart Restoration period, the pro-satanic rosicrucean and cabalist cultism around the Stuart court siezed upon the case of Robert Bruce to reorganize the cult in a newform. Robert Bruce had been the leader of a group of Satan-worshipping (Baphomet) Templars, who had fled to Scotland, away from the angered justice of the Papacy and the King of France. What they brought with them, was the Templars’ exploitation of the Cathar (Bogomil) tradition in the region of Toulouse and Albi, to build up the syncretic sort of Satanic worship the Templars had acquired in the Middle East. The Papacy had enough of this, and the King of France acted to shut down Templars by the means customary in those times. A group of Templars under Bruce fled to Scotland, and after some initial difficulties, made themselves the lords of the place. The character of the Stuart court is illustrated by the characterization of one Stuart government of that period as the “Cabal.” In his history, Macauley offers an amiable description of the affair. During this century, when the chest of Isaac Newton’s laboratory papers was opened and examined, the content of Newton’s acutal “scientific work” turned out to be a selection of lurid and rather insane experimetns in “black magic.” The circles around Francis Bacon and Hobbes were, as we say today, “a prize collection of real kooks.” So, the Templar mish-mash of Bogomil Gnosticism blended into Hashishin Satanism, caused Bruce’s Templar credentials to be viewed as suitable myth-building material for the taste of the Stuart kooks of the period. The Liberal aristocracy of Britain became a principal concentration of this filthy stuff. When the Liberals came to full power, under Walpole, this Liberal stuff came out in such form as the proliferating Hell-Fire Clubs. That tradition was cultivated under the Second Earl of Shelbourne’s puppet prime minister, William Pitt the Younger, with Satanic figures such as the powerful Jeremy Bentham in the fore. Satanism gained new ground under the protection of Liberalism and Romanticism during the nineteenth century. In England,the more virulent new forms surfaced around Oxford University’sJohn Ruksin and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Out of this came theosophy, British “guild” socialism, the Fabian Society, Bertrand Russell, H. G. Wells, and Aleister Crowley — Satanists all. This spilled over into the United States, notably in the circles of putative “Great Awakening” evangelist Johnathan Edwards, and his protege, Princeton Hell-Fire Club activist Aaron Burr. During the late nineteenth century, the sort of spoon-bending kookery associated with such figures as Oliver Lodge and A. Conan Doyle spilled generously among the wealthy anglophile liberals of the United States. In short, this sort of witchery has been endemic over the centuries. The difference is, that what was endemic has become epidemic. To Journalism on Satanism page: http://www.econcrisis.homestead.com/JournalismOnSatanism.html Comment Randy Littlejohn 1-17-5 Dear Jeff, The Real History of Satanism is not a real history at all. It is Christian Fundamentalist propaganda written for the purpose of demonizing perceived enemies of fundamentalist beliefs. I would like to encourage your readers to read The Origin of Satan by historian Elaine Pagels (Author of The Gnostic Gospels) for the actual history of Satanism. What interests Elaine Pagels is the social implications of the figure of Satan. She invites readers to consider Satan as a reflection of how we perceive ourselves and those we call “others.” The article “The Real History of Satanism” appears to be just this, propaganda in which the “others”, in this case pagans, are cast as disciples of Satan as a way of demonizing those with opposing beliefs. If this tendency in the Christian movement over the ages resulted in nothing more than a tool for Christians defining themselves against opposing values, there would be no problem. Instead, we see an excuse for intolerance. What’s true is that those perceived as enemies of Christianity have often been violently persecuted. Comment Shamanoak 1-18-5 Jeff, I’m stunned. Did you post this article as a satire? I laughed out loud when I came to “the ‘Bloods’ and the ‘Crypts'” (sic) choosing Satanic names. However, when the article rambled on and on casting a wide net of paranoia and misinformation over every group the writer disagrees with, I began to wonder about why you would post this. LaRouche obviously knows little about New Age or (Neo)Pagan beliefs if he believes they have anything whatsoever to do with Satanism. While some “New Agers” do incorporate some degree of Christian beliefs into their spiritual paths (and therefore believe in Satan), not all do. And as an ordained New Age minister, I have yet to meet anyone following a New Age path who could possibly be considered a Satanist. His labelling of (Neo)Pagans as Satanists is ludicrous. Pagans follow pre-Christian or non-Christian spiritual paths. Satan belongs almost wholly to Christians. He is the dark god of the dualist Christian faith. It’s but the flipside of the Christian coin: Good & Evil, Light & Darkness, God & Satan. Has he not considered that Satanists are simply those who follow the dark side of his own faith? Most Pagans do not even believe in Satan, much less “worship” him! As a lifelong spiritual seeker I endeavor to maintain a joyous, empowering, and life-affirming connection to the divine. I take offense at anyone’s hateful, arrogant, & very misinformed attempt to equate people of my (or similar) beliefs with pedophiles and their like. Peace & blessings. Comment Robert Bolske 1-20-5 Hi Jeff, After 40 years of research into the subject of satanism, I can only say that the article was…right on. Those who are a part of the New Age Movement simply have no concept of the roots of their various religions. Every occult religion which I have studied over the years (no matter how innocent it seems) appears to have roots in Occult Satanic Babylon. If I could find fault in the article, it would be that in order to truly report on the subject, one would need about 4,000 pages of text. Robert Bolske Spokane, WA

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Wikipedia is one of the most visited websites in the world, providing unbiased information to millions of unique visitors a day. They are an online traffic source just waiting to be taken advantage of, but its not as easy as it sounds. A lot of you out there might be wondering whether or not you should use Wikipedia for SEO purposes, and my answer will always be YES. When I say this, you should not immediately jump over to Wikipedia and see how many times you can get your links in different articles, because this is the absolute worst thing you can do. This is one of the most effectivelink building techniques out there, but you have to know what youre doing. Before you even think about using Wikipedia to your advantage, theres some things you have to know.

Wikipedia is nonprofit. They dont do this for any financial gain, so there number one goal is to provide neutral, unbiased, accurate information. In 2009 Wikipedia had over 130 Billion page views, and its grown significantly since then. For almost every big search term you type in, a Wikipedia article is on the first page, if not one of the first three results. They have an extremely high domain authority, as this site is more than well respected by Google. A study in 2007 revealed that their information was nearly as accurate as that of the Encyclopedia Britannica, proving that their goal for accurate information has been met.

Thats the stats to show you how Wikipedia is truly an online empire. But how can I use to this to my SEO advantage? First of all, Wikipedia does not give out link juice all of their links are nofollow. Secondly, they do not want you to add any links that you associate with in any way, so you cant be obvious about it. Thirdly, your website can be added to a spam list if links to your website keep continually getting added to Wikipedia articles, so watch out for that. With all that in mind, it most definitely will be worth the trouble. Not only is it a trusted link in Googles eyes, it is also a great source of traffic. For example, one of my clients has a link in one of Wikipedias articles that is in a very insignificant place on the page (below the content and all of the other references), yet that one link provides 50 visitors a week for a small niche website. The value isnt in question, its how you can get your links on the page.

The first thing on your mind should be adding content, not links. Links will be secondary to content in all cases when dealing with Wikipedia. You want to provide accurate, unbiased information for Wikipedia before linking. You also want to be inconspicuous dont provide a link just to your website, try and provide a few other links to credible sources on the subject. Now, when you place a link when editing, dont place it in the article, as it will only last for no more than 5 minutes with Wikipedia editor hawks just waiting to swoop in. Your best bet is to keep it in the references.

When you go through this process, remember that you have a lot less likely hood of your link sticking if your account is brand new. You want to build up credibility by editing multiple pages by making the information accurate and neutral. Get involved on the talk pages on different articles, including the ones you want to edit and insert a link to your site. Your goal is to be just another neutral author with a credible background.

For those thinking of creating a brand new Wikipedia article, proceed with caution. While Wikipedia encourages new articles on big brands not yet written about, the brand or company you are from needs to have a history of being in the news and on the media. If you own a small niche website, its best you keep away from this idea. If your company is big enough and in the news enough, then you will have a chance at the article being accepted. Make sure someone not associated with the company writes at least the beginning of the article, because your undoubted number one goal when writing the article is to make it as neutral and unbiased as possible. Your safest bet is to find someone you are acquainted with that has no connection to your brand or company, and have him at least write the first half.

When writing a brand new article, your obvious concern from an SEO stand point is to get links. In this case, it is OK to add a link to your website in the article, but make sure you give out all links that are needed. Make sure to link to any websites associated with your company or brand in the article, as this can only help you & your site.

The last thing Id say to anyone out there eager to get links from Wikipedia is to not try and do it all at once. If you are aiming at links on multiple pages, make sure you start out by editing a few niche related articles, and then move on to one of the articles you are targeting, and then repeat the process. Make sure you review the content you are adding, as this will most likely decide whether or not your link will be accepted. Yes, this is a tedious process, and Ive just covered the most important aspects of this process, but the results are well worth it.

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Are there any other tips you would recommend to anyone aiming to get a few links from Wikipedia?

Update: Jon Tonti from SproutLoud pointed out to me that I didnt mention that you should not be using your company email address to register your Wikipedia account, otherwise its obvious that youre trying to get a link for promotional purpose.

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An instant messenger client that offers support for text, audio and video based communication along with a wide range of helpful features

Jitsi is an application designed to offer you a simple and fun way in which you can keep in touch with the people in your life.

It offers you chat, video and audio communication, all of which are possible through a comprehensive and good looking graphic interface. It supports protocols like XMPP, Jabber, SIP, AIM/ICQ, Yahoo, Windows Live and others.

As is characteristic to nearly all IM applications, Jitsi offers you a main window that contains your contacts list from where you can perform various tasks. You can change your status, call a friend or send a file. Everything about the application is straightforward and user-friendly.

Contacts can be placed into custom groups, renamed and relocated at any time. You can edit their info and start a secure chat with them. With Jitsi its possible to make audio and video calls, perform desktop streaming, make audio conference calls and record them, as well as encrypt all your calls.

It proves itself to be a reliable means of communication for all kinds of environments, home, school and even business.

The level of security that Jitsi offers is one you should not overlook. It provides encrypted password storage, call authentification, call encryption and DNSSEC support.

As far as instant messaging goes, Jitsi offers you a lot of functions from the chat window. You can invite more people to join in, call a certain contact, initiate a video call, send a file, start secure chatting and of course insert various types of emoticons.

In case you are busy or away from the computer, Jitsi provides auto answer and call forwarding to any other accounts that are added to the application.

In closing, if youre looking for an environment that brings together all the major chatting platforms then you can try Jitsi.

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Nihilism is the philosophical belief that life and the universe have no meaning. In general, nihilists are considered to be wanton hedonists, since their life has no meaning, although classical Russian nihilism concerned itself primarily with trying to destroy pretty much everything (because nihilism here meant “annihilating” everything old, so it make way for the new way). Things would start over ex nihilo-from nothing… supposedly.

For some reason, despite the number of atheistic philosophies that still find purpose and joy in life, many religious people consider nihilism the logical extension of atheism. This is despite the fact that the most eloquent expression of nihilism is actually found in a holy book:

Sren Kierkegaard was one of the first modern philosophers to discuss Nihilism. He posited a philosophy of nihilism known as levelling, — a process of suppressing and removing individuality to such a point where an individual lacks the traits that make him unique. Without being an individual, life and one’s very existence becomes void of any meaning. This philosophy is not the fully developed nihilism that was to come because Kierkegaard believed leveling created a life without meaning or value, but that life itself has inherent meaning and value[1], Modern nihilism, beginning with Nietzsche, would claim life has no inherent meaning period.

Perhaps the most identified as a nihilist and the first philosopher people think of when nihilism is mentioned, is Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche generally describes nihilism as “a condition of tension, as a disproportion between what we want to value (or need) and how the world appears to operate.” Nietzsche, however, is mainly associated with the philosophical statement “God is dead”, which holds that the Christian God is no longer a viable source of any moral principles, therefore leading to a rejection of an objective and universal moral law, with a lack of moral basis ultimately turning into nihilism. However he also states that with God out of the way, human creative abilities could fully blossom and without turning an eye toward a spiritual realm, humanity could begin to acknowledge the value of the world. Nietzsche was thus not a nihilist himself (at least in his later years) but rather dedicated to combating nihilism, which he feared was overtaking the West. He is usually identified as an existentialist. In fact, both he and Kierkegaard are sometimes labeled the “father of existentialism” though obviously they had very different positions, especially on Christianity.

On an unrelated note, nihilism is the most metal of philosophies, being propounded by both Toki Wartooth and Skwisgaar Skwigelf. ANUS (American Nihilist Underground Society) is also one of the first heavy metal databases (founded back in 1987), who like to use big, complex words to daze the reader into believing they are accomplished intellectuals, as well as finding ways to draw correlations between nihilism and any metal band whatsoever.[2]

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