A chiropractor who claims he can treat anyone by reaching back in time to when an injury occurred has attracted the attention of state regulators.
Reaching through time to cure injuries? Could he be — the Conciliator?!
Burda calls his treatment “Bahlaqeem.”
“It is a made-up word and, to my knowledge, has no known meaning except for this intended purpose. It does, however, have a soothing vibrational influence and contains the very special number of nine letters,” Burda’s Web site says.
Made-up word? I guess not, then.
(link via supergee)
Now, that power-law curve predicts 14-bladed razors by the year 2100, but that’s not the interesting curve. The interesting curve is the hyperbolic one, for two reasons: One, it matches the real-world data. And two, it goes to infinity in 2015. And how are you going to get an asymptotically-accelerating number of blades onto a razor? Why, you’d need godlike super-technology to do that.
Right. There it is, proof of the approaching Vingean Singularity, sooner than anyone expected it, clear as the chin on your face.
Only, once you’re thinking along those lines, the lyrics to “A Kind of Magic” and “One Vision” suddenly become extremely creepy. “’39” too, a little, mostly because LadyM had, when she was younger, thought it was about WW2.
It was at that point that Wil discovered that the 1992 memorial concert in memory of Freddy Mercury was held on April 20th, Hitler’s birthday, and we figured that we’d better just drop the subject before anything else turned up.
My sister’s due to give birth to a boy in a few weeks; I’d better call and make sure they’re not using an Orthodox mohel.
Suspected language seized from PM Shaukat’s plane in Kabul
KABUL: A plane, which was preparing to take back Premier Shaukat Aziz from Afghnistan was evacuated after recovery of suspected language from the plane.(via supergee)
While the prime minister after ending his visit to Afghanistan today was returning back to Pakistan, an unidentified person was aboard with his language and at that time the doors of the plane were closed.
Officials later downgraded the alert level after discovering the suspect was only carrying a dialect.
In a separate but related incident, another former Mossad agent, Juval Aviv, has claimed in an email that Eitan is using the latest version of Promis-the sophisticated software that can track terrorists-to help to train sayanim.“Promis”? That sounds familiar....
The software was originally stolen by Eitan from a specialist Washington computer company, Inslaw. Since then, Inslaw has developed several even more sophisticated versions of the program.Yes, it’s the return of the Inslaw Octopus!
Inslaw (originally founded by the government) accused the Justice Department of having stolen a software package (originally created by the government, but Inslaw did further development) from them. PROMIS (Prosecutor’s Management Information System) is a case-management software for federal prosecutors, that’s possibly been modified to track intelligence operations and assets. There are claims that a version has been sold to foreign governments, with backdoors that the US can use to spy on their intelligence agencies. Danny Casolaro, a journalist who was investigating the story and claimed it was a massive global conspiracy, was found dead in a motel bathtub with his wrists slashed, the death ruled a suicide.
This was a thriving conspiracy story in the early ’90s. Not TV network level, but Village Voice level. Two or three years ago, bugsybanana asked me whatever became of it. Now we know:
In his email, sent at 9:19 a.m. on Aug. 22 to Inslaw boss, Bill Hamilton, Aviv-who is president of the New York-based Interfor, an international private security agency staffed with former intelligence officers-makes an astonishing claim:How about that! A database tracking system that can knock out power plants! This must be the 21st-century version of the maxim that all software grows until it can send email.
The new version of Promis was tested in Ohio by you-know-who, and he caused the blackout last weekend.
It was a test that was not meant to cause that much devastating damage, but because their infrastructure is so old and vulnerable, it went down without being able to correct itself. That is how we got the blackout in 2003.
This led to the creation of the Office of the Independent Council, a check on the growing power of the executive. I’d known that the office had since expired, but I hadn’t known when: At midnight on the 11th of September, 2001.
akawil tells me that this isn’t quite as eerie a coincidence as it might seem: The reason it expired then was because that was the first day Congress was back in session after summer recess; since Al Qaeda was aiming to hit Congress with United Airlines Flight 93, they’d chosen this day. But it looks to me like the recess ended the previous Tuesday, Sep 4th.
Tip: Wikipedia’s search function is kinda slow. I just do a Google search, adding in “wikipedia” as a search term.
And there are artistic implications:
As for why some plants absorb uranium, that's still a mystery, says Ulmer-Scholle. It could be that the plants use the metal to create pigments. One way she hopes to test that possibility is to grow native plants used for dyes, she said.
(via Agenda Bender, which doesn’t seem to have an RSS or Atom feed)
A man wearing a wet suit and carrying an embroidered flag swam to Governors Island Tuesday, telling authorites he was there to reclaim the land for the "Blue Tulip Nation."
How many of my younger readers are thinking they chose the wrong school?
Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital's chic 16th arrondissement. [...]
Three days later, when the police returned accompanied by experts from the French electricity board to see where the power was coming from, the phone and electricity lines had been cut and a note was lying in the middle of the floor: "Do not," it said, "try to find us."
3-D chocolate printer made of Lego:
We've developed a print head that will print 5mm 'pixels' of the consumable. It basically acts as a pump. Its a medium sized lego gear (driven by a worm gear attached to the motor) with four axels that repeatedly squeaze and release a pipe attached to a funnel that holds the consumables. a half-rotation of this wheel yeilds a blob.
Monkey saves Indian democracy from other monkeys:
Mangal, a langur, has been hired by the Delhi Election Commission to rid its premises near Kashmiri Gate of nearly 60 monkeys which have been creating a nuisance there since the Assembly polls last year.
The monkeys had been terrorising visitors and officers at the commission office for over three months now. Their particular favourite was the Form 6, which is filled when one is applying for a voter’s identity card. The monkeys would snatch the forms from applicants before tearing them. Other files and papers have also been destroyed by the monkeys.
Real-time Worldcon blogging — I wish I’d known about this at the con! Hey, I think I know the back of that head.
- Nine Naked Men just walking down the road would cause a heap of trouble for all concerned. (Requires QuickTime.) (Via TNH, with help from Google for finding a mirror that hadn’t outstripped its bandwidth allotment.)
- John Ashcroft, building a bridge to the 19th century, prosecutes Greenpeace for sailor mongering. (Why does Yahoo have this filed as science news?)
- Does everyone here know that there’s a syndication feed of Tom Toles’s cartoons?
- Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water is a documentary about the Klingon Language Institute debuting at Cannes Film Market. (Via BoingBoing)