~e; Electromagnetic News & Views #126

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Thu, 15 Jul 2004 13:28:44 -0500

Electromagnetic News & Views -- #126

00) Electronetwork.org Commentary (7/15/2004)

01) Top Stories of Electromagnetism
02) Electromagnetic health & safety
03) Electromagnetic trash & treasure
04) Electromagnetic security & surveillance
05) Electromagnetic power & energy
06) Electromagnetic current & human affairs
07) Electromagnetic transport & communication
08) Electromagnetic matter & information
09) Electromagnetic trends & inventions
10) Electromagnetic weaponry & warfare
11) Electromagnetic business & economics
12) Electromagnetic artworks & artifacts

00) --commentary--

Again this past week there has been a reinteration of the terrorist  
threat to the .US (and possibly abroad, if taking into account  
speculations on how many plans are executed simultaneously). There is  
mention of the 'energy-related' infrastructures being targeted, which  
if it is not clear already what threat that entails, would become very  
clear after a day without power, indefinitely. Though something keeps  
cropping up-- these mysterious 'computer failures' at various places.  
It may be power companies, for instance, that have a glitch. Or, as  
with yesterday's news, another airport, both O'Hare lost power and the  
MSP airport here had somewhat serious computer problems, directly  
affecting aircraft. Now, imagine that instead of one airport having one  
problem, that a coordinated attack on the logistical system of the  
airports were to happen simulaneously, -- with planes in flight -- and  
without the high-levels of coordination needing to land, or reroute  
given the fuel. You could have dozens if not hundreds of planes in the  
air in a state of chaos should several hubs be taken down at one time  
in a certain geographical proximity, beyond rerouting. The dependence  
on computers to fly and land aircraft can be threatened with a  
computer-reliant system. So, it is wondered what the backup plan is,  
should multiple 'port' infrastructure (energy-related) systems go  
offline. This is mentioned not to speculate, but because there is no  
public commentary about such a thing, and the clock is ticking and such  
malfunctions could show a pattern that would be relevant however they  
were disrupted, say by a space storm.

On the subject of energy-related infrastructures, VP Cheney will be  
visiting the Minneapolis Convention center this Saturday, so an attempt  
will be made to get some documentary photographs of signage related to  
energy issues like Enron, Oil, etc. If anyone on the list will be  
there, hope to meet you. Will have monopod, camera, and bicycle. Some  
past documentation, separated from the essays, can be found at:   

ex. Enron, Halliburton, Oil, etc...

* note: there was a configuration issue with the list so that bounced  
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01) --top stories--

Long Knives Out For Cheney // op-ed. VP will visit MPLS.MN this  

	'Cheney's secrecy over the Energy Task Force – Executive Privilege,  
notwithstanding -- has cast a cloud of suspicion in the voter’s minds  
about the credibility of the Bush Administration.  Who were the  
participants?  What was discussed?  And, most importantly, was war with  
Iraq contemplated as part of a policy to secure America ’s energy  
supplies?' .... 'And, as if all this {much, much more!} was not enough,  
thirdly, and finally, later in the day on July 6, the former Senator  
from New York Alfonse D'Amato came flat out and publicly called for  
Cheney’s head.' .. 'It must be distressing to Cheney that no one came  
to his defense.'

[quote] Learning From Terror Alerts // via drudgereport.com

	'... officials tell TIME, the FBI has raised a specific MO in a  
classified intelligence bulletin sent to 18,000 local law enforcement  
agencies last week.  The advisory, headlined "Potential Terrorist  
Threat to U.S. Energy Infrastructure,"   says that "recent terrorist  
attacks and incidents occurring overseas highlight terrorists'  
interests in targeting energy-related infrastructures."  The bulletin  
cites three coordinated suicide boat attacks at the Arabian Gulf oil  
terminal in Iraq on April 24, a May 1 attack on ADB Lummus Global  
petroleum facility in Saudi Arabia and a May 29 attack, also in Saudi  
Arabia,  on Arab Petroleum Investments Corp. While there is no specific  
intelligence of an impending attack in the U.S., the bulletin says  
officials are tracking several "suspicious incidents" in the country.'

// if there were a geomagnetic reversal there is possibly also a need  
to build
// shelters to protect from space weather and radiation now held back  
by these.
// this is one reason for EM-architecture which takes a cue from the  
// colonies on the moon and mars and space station designs, to protect  
from the
// environment of space- and what can be adapted to terrestrial  
dwellings, such
// as UV protection, sealing spaces, air re-conditioning, even  
earth-suits which
// (if extremely dangerous to walk outside, with cancer just from  
exposure) are
// potentially worst-case survival haute couture, with such gear needed  
to go
// out in SUV land like the moon-buggies of old. Maybe such a dystopia  
is not
// to match the moon colony utopia of earlier years, right away, though  
// changes in such directions seem possible given changes in large  
// note: like lava, human-made pottery also records the earth's  
magnetic field.
// note: the earth flip-flops over time as part of an adaptive cycle of  

Will Compasses Point South? // ** see side-graphic: "Start of a Flip?"

	'Deep inside the Earth, the magnetic field arises as the fluid core  
oozes with hot currents of molten iron and this mechanical energy gets  
converted into electromagnetism. It is known as the geodynamo.' ....  
'On a planetary scale, the magnetic field helps shield the Earth from  
solar winds and storms of deadly particles. Its so-called magnetosphere  
extends out 37,000 miles from Earth's sunlit side and much farther  
behind the planet, forming a cometlike tail.' .... [on recording flips]  
'It turned out that continuous flows of seabed lava became alternately  
magnetized over the ages as the polarities of the Earth's field  
switched one way, then the other. The seabed acted like a huge tape  
recorder, and the same proved true of the layered deposits of old  
volcanoes on land.'

02-- electromagnetic health & safety

Retinal display guides near-blind // Steve Mann-like...

Major Electrical Fire Burns in Madrid

03-- electromagnetic trash & treasure

Nevada Waste Site Plan to Proceed Despite Ruling

	'The Bush administration will proceed with a plan to build a nuclear  
waste site in Nevada this year despite a court decision ordering it to  
prevent radiation leaks for more than 10,000 years, a senior Energy  
Department official said on Tuesday...' .... 'Radioactive releases  
could peak in 300,000 years and the administration must assure  
safeguards on that scale, the court found.'

[quote] Senators Jeffords and Lautenberg Introduce Bill to Encourage  
Green Buildings // via archnewsnow.com

	'In the United States, buildings account for: 36% of total energy use;  
65% of electricity consumption; 30% of greenhouse gas emissions; 30% of  
raw materials use; 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually) and  
12% of potable water consumption...'

04-- electromagnetic security & surveillance

Report: $9.4 billion network to secure Saudi borders // via  

	'"The Ministry of Interior has approved a $9.4 billion contract with  
the French government to install an electronic defensive shield along  
this border in the fall of 2004," the report, "Saudi Internal Security:  
A Risk Assessment," said.' .... 'Such a system would integrate  
acoustic, seismic, radar, magnetic, and infrared sensors to detect  
movements of people and vehicles in the border area. In 1990, Thomson  
CSF, the predecessor of Thales, completed a $5 million feasibility  

// the thing about the blackmarket in nuclear secrets seemed to be,  
much like
// pirated software, a bunch of files burned together on a single disk,  
as if
// a copy would be all that is needed to compose an illegal mix-disk of  

More Disks Lost at Los Alamos // the missing nuclear zipdisks...

	'On Friday afternoon, Los Alamos officials admitted that two Zip  
removable hard disks containing secrets from the lab's Weapons Physics  
Directorate had disappeared...'

Chip Implanted in Mexico Judicial Workers // got chipped?

	'"It's only for access, for security," [the spokesman] said.' .. 'The  
chips also could provide more certainty about who accessed sensitive  
data at any given time. In the past, the biggest security problem for  
Mexican law enforcement has been corruption by officials themselves.'  
.. 'Aceves said his company eventually hopes to provide Mexican  
officials with implantable devices that can track their physical  
location at any given time, but that technology is still under  

DR Congo uranium mine collapses // wide-ranging, including nuclear,  

	'The Shinkolobwe mine supplied the uranium in the bombs which the  
United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II.'  
.. 'It was officially closed earlier this year but people still mine  
there for cobalt, used in mobile phones.' .. 'Nuclear experts have  
raised fears that Congolese uranium could fall into the hands of terror  

05-- electromagnetic power & energy

Athens Officials Warn on More Blackouts

	'A heat wave and heavy air conditioner use are key factors that could  
create another blackout during the games.'

Two New Case Studies of State Support for Renewable Energy // (midpage)

ELECTRICITY consumption sets a new record
Sunday Times - Johannesburg,South Africa
ELECTRICITY demand sets record
Rocky Mountain News - Denver,CO,USA
CALL for electricity retailers to break down bills
Scoop.co.nz (press release) - New Zealand
NK Given A Go By In CMPisation Of Electricity Bill
Financial Express - New Delhi,India
BUSINESS hot at coffee shops with electricity
WHAS 11.com (subscription) - Louisville,KY,USA
KAZAKH corp. ups electricity output 5.5%
Interfax - Kazakhstan
ELECTRICITY companies sue over nuclear waste costs
Canton Repository (subscription) - Canton,OH,USA

06-- Electromagnetic current & human affairs

The Geek Syndrome:  Autism - and its milder cousin Asperger's syndrome  
- is
surging among the children of Silicon Valley. Are math-and-tech genes  
to blame?

[and] Think Different? -- Autism researcher Simon Baron-Cohen on  
engineers, hidden pictures, and a future designed for people with  

[and] Take The AQ Test

[quote] Oddly Enough- Notable Quotes // relates to em-media/celebrity  

	'"I'm so not ready to die. It petrifies me. I go alone. I go to a  
place I don't know. It might be painful. It might be the end. My  
thought is that it is the end. I become nameless, and I spent a  
lifetime being known." --WILLIAM SHATNER, 73, pondering mortality at a  
TV Critics Association Meeting in Los Angeles, quoted in The  
Philadelphia Inquirer.'

Dot.com guy goes bust and changes name // wish AP newsfeed was still  

07-- electromagnetic transport & communication

North Korea opens pilot Web portal // www.kcckp.net

	'The new portal provides the North Korean telephone numbers of state  
trading companies that offer products raging from "stylish dresses of  
fine workmanship" to ferrous and nonferrous metals.'

Ilkone i800: Mobile Islamic Handset

Tritium Flatenna: Cardboard and Foil Antenna // parabolic wi-fi  

Multi-projector system gets diverse // interesting many-to-one  

	'The underlying principle of the system is that each projector is  
self-contained, but can sense neighboring projectors, determine their  
geometric location, and cooperate to create a combined display.'

08-- electromagnetic matter & information

// then: 'i am, in existence, extended.'  now: 'i am, in essence,  

When the Brain Says, 'Don't Get Too Close' // mental-body schematics...

	'A century ago, neurologists noticed that when ladies wearing big  
feathered hats ducked through entryways, they would align their bodies  
just so. It was as if they could feel the tops of doors with the tips  
of the feathers.' .. 'From this and other observations, the scientists  
concluded that each person holds within the brain a mental  
representation of the body and its parts - even the clothing it wears -  
as it moves through space.' .... 'The new research draws on the  
principle that the brain forms internal maps of the external world;  
groups of cells hold mental models of everything a person sees, hears,  
feels and knows. The brain also forms a mental map of the body itself.  
Clumps of brain tissue represent each hand, foot, trunk or lip. If  
someone touches your hand, cells in the brain's "hand area" become  
active.' .... '... researchers say that large machines can become part  
of the body map...'

[ref. meditations] see Dualism...

	'In its classic formulation, in the work of Rene Descartes , mental  
phenomena are taken as, in some respect, non-physical. The mind for  
Descartes is a non-physical substance, because minds have no spatial  
properties and physical reality is essentially extended in space, minds  
are wholly non-physical. This can be contrasted to ‘body’, which is  
physical and does have extension in space. In this way the reality of  
the human person has been divided into two distinct areas.'

Ultraviolet powers pixels // image...

Probabilities ease genetic logic // **
	'The researchers' algorithm allows the processors to exchange the  
probabilistic model rather than a population of individuals, which cuts  
communication time because the model is much smaller than the  
population, according to Lobo.' .... 'A probability vector is a  
sequence of probabilities that each represent the chance that a given  
bit in a string of bits is a 1 or a 0. The probability vector is  
determined by looking at all the bit strings that represent individuals  
and determining that, for instance, six out of ten first bits are one,  
four out of ten second bits are one, and so on.' .. 'The communications  
savings grows as the population grows, according to Lobo. A population  
of one million individuals and a 1,000-bit problem represents one  
gigabit of information; the compact genetic algorithm cuts this to  
20,000 bits.'

09-- electromagnetic trends & inventions

Roomba hacked, floors even cleaner // beyond Furby...

Boards `to deter sharks' // via engadget.com

	'Devices emit electrical fields around the surfboard, which the  
company says impact on the sharks' snout, causing them discomfort and  
forcing them to stay away.' .... '"It is flawless technology on all the  
evidence to date, but legally we can't guarantee it," Mr Hartley said.'

10-- electromagnetic weaponry & warfare

// this is an incredible overview document which precedes documentation  
// earlier (and later?) .US nuclear planning and gives a sense of the  
// of a MAD (mutually assured destruction) exchange, where nearing .5  
// people only from one opponents's missiles barrage, in a MAD launch  
of WMD.
// that could likely be added to by any reciprocal mutal destruction  
// now: considering the seriousness of this nuclear question, to have  
// who is an ideologue (VP) in such a position to determine probable  
// with regard to human in the nuclear balance - may not be such a good  
// if the dials, levers, and lights of the nuclear console sing siren's  
// note: VP Cheney is pushing newer nuclear weapons stockpiles &  

The Creation of SIOP-62: More Evidence on the Origins of Overkill
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 130 // ***
Edited by William Burr. Posted July 13, 2004 // via cryptome.org

	* A full nuclear SIOP strike launched on a preemptive basis
	would have delivered over 3200 nuclear weapons to 1060 targets in
	the Soviet Union, China, and allied countries in Asia and Europe;

	* A full nuclear strike by SIOP forces on high alert, launched in
	retaliation to a Soviet strike, would have delivered 1706 nuclear
	weapons against a total of 725 targets in the Soviet Union, China,
	and allied states;

	* Targets would have included nuclear weapons, government and military
	control centers, and at least 130 cities in the Soviet Union, China,
	and allies;'
	'While newly and less recently released documents on SIOP-62 tell us  
much about the nature of the SIOP-62 and the forces that pushed it  
forward, much important information about the first SIOP remains  
classified. Some details, such as the targets on the NSTL, may never be  
declassified, at least not for many years. So far, no documents are  
presently available that detail the gross explosive yield or the  
fatality estimates associated with the SIOP-62 strikes. Based on their  
access to the Burke files, Kaplan and Rosenberg found that the  
megatonnnage for the alert force was 2164 or slightly lower (2100).  
According to Kaplan, a strike by the total SIOP force would produce an  
explosive yield of 7,847 megatons. 175 million Russians and Chinese  
would be killed by the alert force, while a strike by the committed  
force would kill an estimated 285 million with 40 million more injured.  
(Note 5) As suggested by a recent study, casualty estimates produced by  
the JSTPS need to be treated cautiously because target planners saw  
blast damage as the foremost destructive effect of nuclear weapons  
thereby seriously underestimating the destruction that mass-fires would  
cause. (Note 6)'

U.S. Firm Supplied Nuclear Black Market // via cursor.org...

11-- electromagnetic business & economics

[photo] Bush is asked question about Enron's Key Lay... // via  

	'US President George W. Bush  walks away from a briefing with the  
media, refusing to answer questions after he was asked about Enron and  
the reported indictment of former CEO Kenneth Lay, who was a close  
adviser and fund-raiser for Bush and his father, earning him the  
presidential nickname of 'Kenny Boy.''

[and] excerpt: Transcript - White House Talk. // coincidence?
Dan Froomkin - White House Briefing Columnist

	'Question-- Missoula, Mont.: How does it look or play out that GW  
"gee, I hardly knew him" Bush  and Kennyboy Lay have the same defense  
trial lawyer? You think Kenny boy got a referral fee?

	'Answer-- Dan Froomkin: I think it is notable, but by no means  
culpable, that they share an attorney (if indeed they do.) I think this  
Sharp guy is turning into a real story, though! And we know almost  
nothing about him.'

// one of the more exciting developments online has been the uploading  
// century's old data from various collections and archives. the  
// to Lexis-Nexis by newspeople is enviable to those who gain access-  
// if 100 years of news articles were placed online, for research, for
// reference, the increased ad-dollars could make up for loss of control
// of the existing model of information distribution. the  
// of news may pre-empt the value of a developed or developing story and
// defeat its natural propulagation as information, limiting its impact.
// also, it is also likely 'googlenews' plays into this, as it is actual
// competition for NY Times content, also with _free, custom newsalerts
// which add value and may be the future of the net newspaper business-
// instead of every newspaper repeating each other's syndicated content,
// part and parcel, maybe the papers would diversify their offerings to
// reflect a depth of social, cultural, & other issues by reporting it.
// (i.e. investigative journalism of today's issues, and the options.)

Searching for The New York Times // google, blog, archives, news  

12-- electromagnetic artworks & artifacts

Digital Scrolling Name Tag Badge // via engadget.com

// there's a lot that could be said about many things in this article,  
// to refrain on all except the juxtaposition of the MS intellimouse  
and the
// new, facadal/shell mouse by a brand-name 'world class' designer is,  
// it would seem a different economics altogether, like a niche market.  
// innovations in mice, with ergonomics, optical tracking, mutiple  
// scroll wheel _are the high-design in mice today, (or, there are even  
// bleeding edge options to be found) but a Starck mouse is not  
// any way the same sense (the science, technology, art of the mouse  
// the first mouse (Engelbart, Xerox Parc?) was certainly "high design"  
// a sense of both art and archaeology, by which millions, copied,  
// the application over a mouse-cover or shaping a mouse as a style is  
// 'the essence' of the electronics of a mouse ... unless made of wood?  
// maybe the outside of the mouse is totally unrelated to what is  
inside of it.

Philippe Starck, Building a Better Mouse // designer electronics...

	'At $35, the Starck mouse won't be costly enough to qualify as desktop  
couture. But it does suggest untapped potential for style from the  
world of haute technologie. So far, Apple remains the only company  
designing computers so beautiful they have become objects of desire.'

[versus] New Swedx wooden computer gear

Phonecam photos aspire to art

radical. radiators. // via gizmodo.net

Open Source Web Design is a community of designers and site owners
sharing free web design templates as well as web design information.
Helping to make the internet a prettier place! // via enorgis.com

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