Thursday, May 4, 2017
Compelling Evidence of the Incursions of Giants, Their Extraordinary Technology, and IMMINENT RETURN Part # 5
Credit to Tom Horn
A revolutionary bionic hand that 'sees' objects and instantly decides what kind of grip to adopt has been developed by scientists.
For the first time, the hand can self-select one of four grips depending on whether it is picking up an apple or holding a pen between thumb and forefinger.
All the person in charge of it must do is glance at the object they want to pick up and picture clenching their fist.
The breakthrough, which uses a 99p ($1.30) webcam to work out the grasp needed, does away with hours of exhausting training for amputees using clumsy traditional prosthetics.
Currently they must learn up to a dozen ‘trigger actions’ – imagining precise movements to send brain signals which activate muscles connected to electrodes on their stump. That can lead to repeated frustration if the prosthetic crushes or spills what it is picking up.
The camera does all this hard work for the hundreds of British amputees, by judging an object based on a database of almost 500 items and changing its grasp accordingly.
Picking something up is claimed to take milliseconds using the device, 10 times faster than a traditional artificial hand. It is hoped the hand will be made available for NHS patients within two years.
Dr Kianoush Nazrpour, co-author of the study on the prosthetic hand, said: ‘For many amputees the reference point is their healthy arm or leg so prosthetics seem slow and cumbersome in comparison. ‘Now, for the first time in a century, we have developed an “intuitive” hand that can react without thinking.’
To create the new prosthetic, biomedical engineers at Newcastle University trained a computer to recognise nearly 500 objects photographed from more than 70 different angles.
This allowed it to judge the right grip, such as a pinch between thumb and forefinger to pick up a pen or the ‘palm wrist pronated’ grip to pick up a television remote.
Credit to dailymail.co.uk
There has been a tremendous amount of talk about the spending deal that was just reached in Congress. Most of the focus has been on who “won” and who “lost” politically, and if you have been keeping up with my articles you definitely know my opinion on the matter. But what nobody is really talking about is that this deal actually increases spending at a time when our debt has been absolutely exploding. We added more than a trillion dollars a year to the U.S. national debt during Obama’s eight years in the White House, and our debt binge actually accelerated toward the end of his second term. In fact, the national debt increased by more than 1.4 trillion dollars during fiscal 2016…
In fiscal 2016, which ended on Friday, the federal debt increased $1,422,827,047,452.46, according to data released today by the U.S. Treasury.
At the close of business on Sept. 30, 2015, the last day of fiscal 2015, the federal debt was $18,150,617,666,484.33, according to the Treasury. By the close of business on Sept. 30, 2016, the last day of fiscal 2016, it had climbed to $19,573,444,713,936.79.
Since we are already in so much debt, we might as well shoot for the moon, right?
This new spending deal increases spending in a whole bunch of different ways, but it doesn’t do anything to raise more revenue.
At the moment, the U.S. national debt is stuck at $19,846,087,305,498.20 because the debt ceiling has not been raised. The federal government is using accounting tricks to keep that number from moving, but the moment the debt ceiling is finally raised by Congress that number will jump up by hundreds of billions of dollars.
By the time fiscal 2017 is over, we will almost certainly have added at least another trillion dollars to the debt, and the Congressional Budget Office is projecting that an additional $10 trillion will be added to the debt over the next ten years.
These days we toss around the phrase “a trillion dollars” as if it isn’t a big deal.
But it is a big deal.
Let me share a little illustration with you to give you an idea just how much money a trillion dollars is. If you started spending a million dollars every single day on the day that Jesus Christ was born and you kept on spending a million dollars every day since then, you still would not have spent a trillion dollars by now.
The borrower is the servant of the lender, and I would say that we are enslaving ourselves, but that is not exactly accurate because we don’t actually have any intention of ever paying any of this debt back. Instead, we plan to just keep going into more debt for years to come.
Sadly, it will be our children and our grandchildren that will have to deal with all of this debt if our nation lasts that long. Thomas Jefferson was entirely accurate when he described government debt as a way for one generation to steal money from another, and since the day that Barack Obama first entered the White House, the federal government has been stealing more than 100 million dollars an hour from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day.
Just think about that for a moment.
If some thieves could somehow get away with stealing 100 million dollars from someone, that would make headlines all over the globe.
But this is what we are doing to future generations of Americans every single hour of the day.
I have said it before, and I will say it again. What we are doing to our children and our grandchildren is beyond criminal, and in a just society those that are responsible for getting us into so much debt would be going to prison.
When you are in the middle of a debt binge, it can seem like there will never be any consequences, but the truth is that a day of reckoning always arrives eventually.
One of the reasons why I get so fired up about the national debt is because it could literally destroy the bright future that our descendants were supposed to have.
If you look back over the long-term, the average rate of interest on U.S. government debt has been somewhere around 6 percent.
Of course at the moment we are nowhere near that level, but it is inevitable that interest rates will move back toward the long-term average eventually.
So let’s imagine that the average rate of interest got back to just 5 percent. If that happened, we would be paying about a trillion dollars a year just in interest on the national debt and we would be facing national bankruptcy.
Of course the Federal Reserve would likely start printing money like mad at that point, and we would rapidly become another Venezuela or Zimbabwe.
But if it is so dangerous for governments to go into so much debt, why do they do it?
Well, for one thing most politicians don’t really care about long-term considerations. Instead, they actually want the government to spend lots of money in the short-term, because government spending always gives a boost to short-term economic activity.
And if the economy is “doing well” in the short-term, it is more likely that the voters will be in a good mood when voting time arrives.
This is something that Barack Obama understood very well. He inherited quite an economic mess, and so he went on the greatest government debt binge in American history. As I explained in a previous article, if we had not borrowed and spent 9.3 trillion dollars during the time that Obama was in the White House, we would be in the worst economic depression in our history right at this moment.
Of course by going into so much debt, our long-term problems have been magnified.
It had been hoped that with the Republicans in control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives that a sense of fiscal responsibility would return to Washington, but that obviously has not happened. So now the stage is set for the kind of financial meltdown that I have been warning about for a very long time.
At one time the Republicans would at least give lip service to trying to control the debt, but now they also seem to have become convinced that our exploding national debt doesn’t really matter.
There are a few dozen members of the House and a handful of Senators that are still keeping up the fight, but they are vastly outnumbered.
Even though we were the wealthiest and most prosperous nation on the entire planet, that was never enough for us.
We always had to have more, and so we have accumulated the greatest mountain of debt in the history of the world.
There will be severe consequences for what we have done, but the warnings are being ignored, and so now all that is left is for us to reap what we have sown.
Credit to End of the American Dream
The French film icon Brigitte Bardot has urged her fellow countrymen not to vote for Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential election on Sunday, saying you can see his lack of compassion in “the coldness of his steel eyes”.
The animal rights campaigner tweeted to her followers that they should not vote Macron, fearing the situation for animals would deteriorate under his presidency.
“The contempt he gives to animal suffering can be seen in the total lack of empathy reflected in the coldness of his steel eyes.
“Whilst the scandals are increasing, he takes the side of the animal breeders and the hunters against animal rights associations that are fighting with the lobbies that seem to have power over this candidate.”
One of the best-known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot came out as a supporter of populist candidate Marine Le Pen at the beginning of the year. In a wide-ranging interview with Le Figaro that touched upon cultural issues, Ms. Bardot was asked what she thought of contemporary culture.
“We live in a period when everything is vulgar, ordinary, and mediocre,” Bardot said. “France no longer has the radiance, the majesty it had.”