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breezy posted a topic in General DiscussionAmerica to hand off Internet in under two months August 16, 2016 Rudy Takala image courtesy you tube "The Department of Commerce is set to hand off the final vestiges of American control over the Internet to international authorities in less than two months, officials have confirmed. The department will finalize the transition effective Oct. 1, Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling wrote on Tuesday, barring what he called "any significant impediment." The move means the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for interpreting numerical addresses on the Web to a readable language, will move from U.S. control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a multistakeholder body based in Los Angeles that includes countries such as China and Russia. Critics of the move, most prominently Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, have pointed out the agency could be used by totalitarian governments to shut down the Web around the globe, either in whole or in part. "The proposal will significantly increase the power of foreign governments over the Internet, expand ICANN's historical core mission by creating a gateway to content regulation, and embolden [its] leadership to act without any real accountability," Cruz wrote in a letter sent to Commerce and signed by two fellow Republicans, Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. In the event any facilities are relocated to China, senators noted, they could go in the same building as the agency responsible for censoring that country's Internet. "We have uncovered that ICANN's Beijing office is actually located within the same building as the Cyberspace Administration of China, which is the central agency within the Chinese government's censorship regime," they wrote, noting that some of the American companies involved with the transition process have already "shown a willingness to acquiesce" to Chinese demands to aid with censorship." snip http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/america-to-hand-off-internet-in-under-two-months/article/2599521
Feds Seize New Mexico Ranchers Land: County orders Local Sheriff to Stop the Feds May 14, 2014 Rob Richardson "In a story that’s being totally ignored by the mainstream media, another rancher is being targeted by the federal government in a land dispute that seems eerily similar to the Bundy Ranch Dispute in Nevada. Rancher Kit Laney, and a number of New Mexico Ranchers are all locked in a vicious battle with the federal government over land that the Feds are now claiming ownership of – even though the Laney family has claims to the land going all the way back to 1883. Earlier this year the Federal Government closed down access to the Ranchers land, placing gates that blocked his cattle’s access to a creek in the Lincoln National Forest. About 20 local ranchers were also affected, all of whom have watering rights to the creek and have been using the land for decades. Just like during the Bundy Ranch situation, the government is yet again using some asinine environmental reasoning to justify stealing more private land, claiming the area’s ranchers are endangering habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse by allowing their cattle to graze on the land. snip http://offgridsurvival.com/feds-seize-new-mexico-ranchers-land/ Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Texas on and on So they grab all the land they can and don't forget they are also intending to grab control of the water. Been in the works since at least 2011. A farmer in Oregon was arrested for collecting rainwater in 2012 Man arrested for collecting rainwater on his property http://personalliberty.com/man-arrested-for-collecting-rainwater-on-his-property/ EPA Water Police Coming to Your Farm, Business — and Back Yard Dec. 13, 2013 "The rollout fiasco of ObamaCare and the ongoing uproar over its hidden traps and broken promises has obscured another domestic agenda item of the Obama administration that may prove nearly as pervasive and invasive as his nationalized healthcare initiative. The clock is ticking on the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s draft proposal to grab regulatory authority over virtually all surface water and groundwater throughout the United States. If not stopped by Congress, the agency could assert jurisdiction over even intermittent seasonal streams, isolated wetlands, ditches, trickles, puddles, and ponds. In September, the EPA issued a draft scientific study purporting to find that virtually all wetlands and streams are “physically, chemically, and biologically connected” to downstream waters over which the EPA already claims authority. Moreover, says the EPA study, even many “ephemeral streams” and “prairie potholes, vernal pools and playa lakes” that are dry most of the year can be found to have some connectivity to downstream waters." snip http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/17164-tna-online-epa-water-regulators-coming-to-your-farm-business-and-back-yard I can't help but believe that Government grabbing control of land and water Is something we should all be, at the very least, paying attention too.
MungamineBoy posted a topic in General DiscussionG 'day Cruising around the Internet I found this article... http://www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/2014/02/11/six-organizations-that-run-internet/ The Internet has become an indispensable part of my life. It is scary that its future is so uncertain.
Tetragramatron posted a topic in General DiscussionFound this interesting read on Gloop : The journey into sleep brings with it each night a chance to explore the dream world. Many of us are very focused on our external reality that we often lose sight of this inner reality which dreams flow from. When you sleep, you have as many as six dreams each night. Quite often people suffer from a type of sleep induced amnesia where your memories of these adventures fade into black obscurity. Dreaming is an artform, it is it's own kind of entertainment. The dream world offers up a vivid 3D reality system where anything you want, desire or can imagine can be experienced. With a little focus and interest in dreaming, you can turn this realm into your own virtual reality gaming console as nature has perfected something our current science has yet to deliver. The art of dreaming allows you to have a full sensory range of experience. Everything you experience in your waking life through your physical senses can replicate in the dream world. You can see colors, hear sounds, feel and touch, even taste exotic foods and smell. The detail of dreaming can deliver sensations of hot and cold, even pain. The dream world can appear as real and solid as the waking world if you are skilled enough in the art of dreaming. When I started taking an interest in dreams, I was fifteen years old. By that time, I was already having dreams that replayed movies where I could be a character like Luke Skywalker and relive in first person scenes from these movies. The striking sounds of lightsabres crashing together to the deep breathing of Darth Vader. I even flew the X-Wing fighter and blew up the Death Star... many times over. It was not just Star Wars, I could re-create video games, role-playing games and other genres in such a way that the quality of details and special effects rivaled anything we see in movies even today. It was this type of dreaming that inspired me to take more interest into what the dream world could offer. Who hasn't had at least one amazing sex dream, or faced the horrors far worse than what H.P Lovecraft could inspire? The dream world when used without limitation produces a form of entertainment in first-person that even our modern day attempts at movies and video games will never deliver. I gurantee when we have virtual reality simulators they will never measure up to what you already have built into your biological hardware. You have had this entertainment system since you were born. Maybe you are the type of person who never figured out how to use it. There is no doubt that dreaming has often been scoffed at and treated with a poor attitude, it's almost a taboo for most people and greatly misunderstood. Many take for granted what is already within themselves and throw the baby out with the bath water when they dismiss dreams with a very low attitude and lack of interest. Yet, it is this world, this reality system where you play God. You create and direct the dream. When I read "Power Trips: Controlling your Dreams" by Dr. Stephen LaBerge in an Omni Magazine in 1985, this article spoke about how people could know they were dreaming. It was the first time that I encountered the concept of Lucid Dreaming and it thrilled my imagination. The desire and want to lucid dream without any knowledge of how to do it triggered spontaneous awakenings making the dream world even more real, more amazing than anything I can write in text. A new world opened up for me to explore, and explore I did. To this day, over 28 years later I have accumulated thousands upon thousands of lucid dreams and in them I have created the most amazing worlds. Ridden on the backs of Dragons. Turned myself into a Minotaur warrior and razed an Orc village. I cannot begin to tell you how many of this wonderful fantasy creatures I've emulated in my dream. For me, it's another form of entertainment. My own movie theater in the mind except I can star in each and every one preforming feats of magic or Jedi like powers. I've even had dreams where I was Wolverine from the X-Men complete with claws and Colossus who is a Russian character who turns himself into steel. I've even been Darth Vader just for kicks, and each time these characters are perfect emulations of the imaginary archetypes that we see in movies. Why wouldn't you want to dream this way if you could? Obviously not all dreams fulfill these nerdy interests. I do not place limits on the dream world and to this day never have nightmares or dreams I would consider poor entertainment. I've been recognized by the International Association for the Study of Dreams as a pioneer in lucid dreaming. The acting president at the time Robert Wagoner interviewed me for the "Lucid Dream Exchange volume 55" where we discussed many of the exciting discoveries that I uncovered in these nightly adventures. British author Anthony Peake who was also a guest speaker on GLP Live wrote about me in his book, "The Out-of-Body Experience: The History and Science of Astral Travel" and horror fiction writer Richard Long consulted me on his recent book entitled, "The Dream Palace". In conjunction I have published a paper with Dr. Art Funkhouser entitled, "The Theory of Precognitive Dreams" who is one of the founders of the ISAD and the Vice President. He has edited both my paper and my book entitled "You Are Dreaming". You are not just a human constrained by limitation, you are a dreamer begging to become something amazing. When you have enough lucid dreams you'll understand just how powerful dreaming actually is. It's something that you really shouldn't miss out on in life as it's something you do naturally every time you sleep. If you judge your dreams, it is only yourself that you judge. They are an extension of you. I encourage you to dream, to step out of the passenger seat of your unconscious and take control of the wheel to drive an epic vehicle of endless, limitless experiences where the only limits are self-imposed. If you are fascinated by things like deja vu and have been able to link the source of your deja memory to something you dreamed of in the past, I consider myself an expert in that area of dreaming. I'm sure I can offer advice through my experience if you want to be more in control of those types of experiences. Hope you enjoy this thread and it inspires you to have fun when you sleep. I'll sleep better knowing that others are benefiting from the wonderful world of dreams. From one dreamer to another I think you will agree... dreams deserve at least a moment of attention. snip http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2439430/pg1 More posts by the OP because of the nice questions on the topic. Another well shared perspective!