The 5,000-Year-Old Sunken City In Southern Greece
In the Peloponnesus region of southern Greece there is a small village called Pavlopetri, where a nearby ancient city dating back 5,000 years resides. However, this is not an ordinary archaeological site – the city can be found about 4 meters underwater and is believed to be the oldest known submerged city in the world. The city is incredibly well designed with roads, two storey houses with gardens, temples, a cemetery, and a complex water management system including channels and water pipes.  In the center of the city, was a square or plaza measuring about 40×20 meters and most of the buildings have been found with up to 12 rooms inside. The design of this city surpasses the design of many cities today.

What Total Recall Can Teach Us About Memory, Virtue
As it happens, last Thursday the excellent folks at Future Tense hosted one of their “My Favorite Movie” nights here in Washington D.C., playing that very film and holding a discussion afterwards with one of my favorite academics, Stanford’s Francis Fukuyama. The theme of the discussion was the relationship between memory and personal identity — are we defined by our memories? Much to my dismay the discussion of this topic, which is of course the central theme of the movie, strayed quite far from the details of the film. Indeed, in his initial remarks, Professor Fukuyama quoted, only to dismiss, the film’s central teaching on the matter, an assertion made by the wise psychic mutant named Kuato: “You are what you do. A man is defined by his actions, not his memory.”

Germany’s National Ethics Council Wants Incest Between Siblings To Be Legalized
Germany’s national ethics council has called for an end to the criminalisation of incest between siblings after examining the case of a man who had four children with his sister. Patrick Stuebing, who was adopted as an infant and met his sister in his 20s, has launched several appeals since being imprisoned for incest in 2008 and his lengthy legal battle has prompted widespread public debate. Sexual relations between siblings or between parents and their children are forbidden under section 173 of the German criminal code and offenders can face years in prison. But on Wednesday, the German Ethics Council recommended the section be repealed, arguing that the risk of disability in children is not enough to warrant the law and de-criminalising incest would not remove the huge social taboo around it.Embattled Evangelicals: ‘War on Religion’ is Aimed at Us

Embattled Evangelicals Say Blood On The Altar War Being Particularly Aimed At Them

These are anxious times for white evangelicals, according to two new surveys. At 20 percent of U.S. adults, they are statistically neck-and-neck with the “nones” — people who claim no religious brand. “Nones” now tally up to 19 percent in the 2014 American Values Survey, said Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, which released the survey Tuesday (Sept. 23.) Evangelicals, said Jones, are on “the losing side of the culture wars, such as gay marriage, and they see that their share (of society) is shrinking and aging, adding to their sense of being embattled.” “They can no longer say confidently they speak for all people of faith.”Perhaps for that reason, white evangelicals, more than any other religious group, worry that the government will interfere with their religious…Martin_BREAKER
“Pop, Pop, Pop.” She Heard Her Brain In Action: Brain-Computer Interfaces Getting Very Sensitive
In November of last year, Jan Scheuermann did something she never thought she would do again: She fed herself a piece of chocolate. For the last decade Scheuermann, 54, has been a prisoner in her own body. She suffers from a mysterious degenerative disorder that attacks the nervous system, severing the connections between the brain and muscles. Now a quadriplegic, Scheuermann has no movement below her neck. She can’t move her limbs, let alone grasp, move, or hold anything. Until she’s hooked up to a brain-computer interface (BCI).BCI is a technology that can plug in to neuronal activity in Scheuermann’s brain, interpret it, and translate the signals into…


Hillary: I Admire Planned Parenthood Founder And Eugenicist Margaret Sanger
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an abortion advocate, is expected to seriously consider her own presidential bid in 2016. For most Democrats, according to polls that have been taken throughout the year, Hillary is the number one choice to replace pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Obama has a laundry list of actions he’s taken as president to promote abortion on demand paid for at taxpayer expense. Clinton would continue that pro-abortion legacy and the abortion advocacy of her husband, pro-abortion ex-President Bill Clinton.Here’s one example of Clinton’s fondness for abortion and promotes of abortion: She says she admires Margaret Sanger, the racist founder of the Planned Parenthood abortion business…

Progressives Working Hard To Defend Child-Rape 
The umpteenth case of child sex abuse in Britain perpetrated by Muslims, the Rotherham abuse case, has understandably left the self-proclaimed “progressives” and multiculturalists in disarray. The Leftist media outlets are on the defensive but still trying to maintain their ground. Their best weapons are to distract public attention by diverting it to whatever has not been committed by Muslims, and the use of double standards, of which the most shocking example is the differential treatment of Muslims versus the Catholic Church. The same people, assorted Leftists and secularists, who immediately jumped to the conclusion that all…


Lone Wolves Said To Be “Biggest Terrorist Threat”

In a new report which we helped co-author, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Homeland Security Project, a successor to the 9/11 Commission, assessed the current threat posed by such “homegrown” militants. Since 9/11, jihadist terrorists have killed 25 people in the United States. Each one of those deaths is a tragedy, but none of these attacks were national catastrophes as 9/11 was. While al Qaeda and its affiliates have failed to conduct any successful attacks in the United States since 9/11, they have sought to encourage action from militant American citizens, who might be more capable of carrying out terrorist operations in the States than foreign operatives given the stringent security measures now in place.

At The UN, Obama Celebrates Islam While Praising Muslim Who Wants US Soldiers Killed
President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Obama in his remarks offered praise to controversial cleric Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah and referred to him as a moderate Muslim leader who can help combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) radical ideology. However, Bin Bayyah himself has long been engulfed in controversy for many of his views, including the reported backing of a 2004 fatwa that advocated violent resistance against Americans fighting in Iraq.

Why Is The USDA Buying Submachine Guns?
In May, the USDA’s Office of Inspector General filed a request for these weapons. But why exactly do they need them? According to a USDA press rep, the guns are necessary for self-protection. “OIG Special Agents regularly conduct undercover operations and surveillance. The types of investigations conducted by OIG Special Agents include criminal activities such as fraud in farm programs; significant thefts of Government property or funds; bribery and extortion; smuggling; and assaults and threats of violence against USDA employees engaged in their official duties,” wrote a USDA spokesperson. Those seem like legitimate enforcement activities, but still: submachine guns? Not everyone believes the USDA being armed to the teeth is justifiable. On Aug. 2, the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund launched a…

FBI Plans Rapid DNA Dragnets
The FBI is preparing to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government’s massive new biometric identification database. Developers of portable DNA analysis machines have been invited to a Nov. 13 presentation to learn about the bureau’s vision for incorporating their technology into the FBI’s new database. So-called rapid DNA systems can draw up a profile in about 90 minutes.The Next Generation Identification system, or NGI, the successor to the FBI’s criminal fingerprint database, is designed to quickly ID crooks through facial recognition, iris matching, tattoo cross-checks and vocal recordings, among other unique traits. But critics say aggregating DNA along with all this other data makes it easier for authorities to track the general population.

Ignorance (Of Ebola) Is Not Bliss
Some virologists and epidemiologists are now asking the question: Can Ebola mutate to become airborne transmissible? The more important question is this: Is Ebola already in some cases airborne transmissible? I believe the scientific literature (both animal experimentation and epidemiological studies from past Ebola outbreaks) supports the latter. Other leading scientists have now come to this conclusion. “Being at first skeptical that Ebola virus could be an aerosol-transmissible disease, we are now persuaded by a review of experimental and epidemiologic data that this might be an important feature of disease transmission, particularly in healthcare settings… We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks…

Sharon Gilbert On The 1.5 Million That Could Be Ebola Infected By January And The CDC’s Dire Predictions About The Outbreak

This morning, I received an urgent email blast from the Centers for Disease Control containing an early release of this week’s ‘Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report’ (MMWR), which as you might expect comes out earlier than usual due to the urgent message contained within its paragraphs. This is a scientific, statistical analysis of the outbreak numbers, and weighing the actual reported infections/deaths against the likelihood of under-reporting, and then further plotting that on a timeline graph, the CDC’s number crunchers estimate that West Africa could have as many as 1.5 MILLION active cases by end of January, 2015. We’ve all seen those hockey stick graphs, but this one is chilling. These are the combined estimates of active cases in Sierra Leone and Libera. Note that the graph on the left is active cases in total (pay close attention to the ‘corrected number’), while the graph on the right is the total number of hospital beds. 1.5 Million sick versus about 100,000 hospital beds…


Peter King On ISIS: Be Ready For Attacks On US Soil
Intensifying U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) could provoke members of the terror group already on U.S. soil to stage attacks here, Rep. Peter King tells Newsmax TV. “First of all, these people would’ve attacked us anyway, but they may feel an urgency to do it now to show that ISIS can fight back, that ISIS is not going to take this,” King, a New York Republican, said Tuesday on “The Steve Malzberg Show.” “We always have to be alert to them, [but] we have to be even more so now because they want to show . . . the Muslim world they’re not going to sit back and take [it], they’re going to fight back.” King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said he approves of intensified U.S. airstrikes against jihadists in the Middle East, although he wishes it had happened sooner.

Obama Forbids FBI To Stop Terrorist Recruiting In Mosques
We had a chance to catch up with Steven Emerson, head of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, and hear his assessment of the ISIS threat here on American soil.  Emerson runs the country’s top data center on Islamic terror groups in the United States, working like a man possessed, and accomplishing the work of thousands on sheer guts and determination to protect our country. Wherever the bad guys have been caught and prosecuted successfully, you will find Emerson working quietly behind the scenes as an invaluable ally of the FBI and Homeland Security.  Because he accepts no money from the government, Emerson has been free of the diktats of the Obama administration that have forbidden the FBI to train their sights on Muslim terrorists.


ISIS Terrorists Already Inside The United States

The FBI is monitoring a number of US citizens who have returned to America after fighting for the jihadist groups in Syria, including the Islamic State (Isil), the US has confirmed for the first time. An administration official told Time magazine that the US National Counterterrorism Center believes that approximately 100 US citizens have gone on jihad, but declined to specify how many have returned to the US. “It includes those who’ve gone, those who’ve tried to go, some who’ve come back and are under activeâ?”the FBI is looking at them,” the official said of the overall number. “These are FBI matters, I refer you to them on specifics.” The FBI did not immediately return a request for comment from The Telegraph. It was unclear if the returned fighters were in custody or under surveillance.

Congressman Seeks Ban To Stop Federal Employees From “Watching Porn All Day Long”

In May, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general disclosed that a senior-level employee was caught spending as much as six hours of his day looking at porn. The IG found that the employee had downloaded and viewed more than 7,000 pornographic files. The Justice Department is investigating further for possible prosecution. Four months later, the employee has not been fired and is still collecting government pay, Environment & Energy Publishing reported last week. That prompted Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to introduce a bill the day Congress left town to make it a uniform federal government law that employees cannot look at porn at work

ID Companies On The Growing Need For Unbreakable Mark Of The Beast Face & Hand Scanning System
The system places too much demand on the memories and patience of people who aren’t trained to think about computer security all day. Even when companies offer advanced options — such as two-factor authentication, which sends people a second, onetime-use code to add to their log-in information — many don’t use it because it makes an already annoying process even more complicated. The point is not lost on technology companies, who are chipping away at methods to make it easier for users to sign into accounts by using their fingerprints, voices or faces, so that they won’t have to memorize a million different passwords. Most of these options are centered on the smartphone, since that’s increasingly the most common device people use.

As Spirit Of Antichrist And His Zombie Army Rises, Chefs Want Flavor Of Human Flesh Placed On Restaurant Menus

London chefs are this week trying to come up with a burger that tastes like human flesh, while Hannibal is busy cooking lung and loin bourguignon over on NBC, but exactly what flavour do we have? It’s a macabre thought, but one carnivores can’t help but idly wonder from time to time when eating the wide array of animals that we do. What with cannibalism being illegal and all, we only really have the unreliable testimonies of murderers and long-dead explorers to go on. Here are some notable human-eaters’ tasting notes: “Man’s flesh is delicious, it tastes far better than fish or pork.” – Alexander Pearce, an Irish convict notorious for cannibalising his fellow prison escapees. He reportedly made these comments shortly before being hanged.

FBI’s “Next Generation” Beast-Tech Facial Recognition System Called “Terrifying”
It not only draws on a database of criminal mugshots, it searches through ordinary people too. Anyone who has ever had a background check when applying for a job could be identified in a police hunt. And the system is hardly infallible — a search will pull up 50 faces, with only an 85 per cent likelihood that the suspect will be on list, by the FBI’s own estimation. The Interstate Photo System is expected to have reached 50 states by the end of the year, and have collected 52 million faces by 2015. “This effort is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilising biometrics as an investigative enabler,” the FBI said in a statement. And it may not be long until Australian biometrics become this far-reaching. In NSW, a system called PhotoTrac has been matching CCTV footage and photos to a criminal database since 2011.Facial recognition system data points. Picture: FBI


Another Antichrist Tool: Image ‘Marking’ To Become Tech World’s ‘Next Big Thing’
As social networks, apps, and websites strive to make the most of the vast amounts of data users share with them, and deliver smarter, better services to the people who use them, there’s one approach that many of them have in common. It draws on methods of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and in just a few years we could see its sophisticated methods improving our search results, or making our social networks smarter. The next big thing in Silicon Valley? Image recognition. Let’s start, as many stories in the tech world do, with the recent acquisition of a startup. TechCrunch reported in August that Google acquired the team behind Jetpac, an app that uses public Instagram data to create “Jetpac City Guides” to determine things like the happiest places in a town, or compile guides to scenic hikes or popular food trucks.

Synthetic Life Creators To Plot Watchers-World Future
Thousands of researchers will descend on Boston this fall for an event billed as the world’s largest gathering of synthetic biologists. The field is evolving so rapidly that even scientists working in it don’t agree on a definition, but at its core synthetic biology involves bringing engineering principles to biotechnology. It’s an approach meant, ultimately, to make it easier for scientists to design, test and build living parts and systems — even entire genomes. Whereas many genetically modified crops today contain a single engineered gene, synthetic biology makes it easier to generate larger clusters of genes and gene parts. If genetic sequencing is about reading DNA, and genetic engineering as we know it is about copying, cutting and pasting it, synthetic biology is about writing and programming new DNA, with two main goals: create genetic machines from scratch and gain new insights about how life works.

Biotech Is Already Creating GMO Human Babies: So What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The powers that be are working on new strain of stronger ‘humans’ to carry on our existence.Forget designer babies with specific gene preferences determined by parents, we’re talking about the utter transformation by a technocracy of the human genome. It is called transhumanism and scientists in the UK and US have already submitted proposals to legally create GMO babies. Actually, GMO human embryos have already been created. Techno-eugenics, you might call it – a way to appropriate humanity for the use of an elite class. It seems innocuous at first – using stem cells to help women with fertility issues get pregnant or to help develop a healthy fetus in a woman who has damaged DNA, but it isn’t something to be taken lightly, or without deep moral concern.