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Daily Digest 6/20 - “Consciousness is everywhere,” How Russia Targets the U.S. Military

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6:06 AM

Economy

Leading neuroscientists and Buddhists agree: “Consciousness is everywhere” (Suzie G.)

In his work on consciousness, Koch collaborates with a researcher named Giulio Tononi. Tononi is the father of the most popular modern theory of consciousness, called Integrated Information Theory (IIT), which Koch once called “the only really promising fundamental theory of consciousness.”

Tononi’s theory states that consciousness appears in physical systems that contain many different and highly interconnected pieces of information. Based on that hypothesis, consciousness can be measured as a theoretical quantity, which the researchers call phi.

How Russia Targets the U.S. Military (jdargis)

While the military and its contractors have long been the targets of cyberattacks from hostile foreign powers, the Russian campaign is noteworthy for its heightened intensity, especially since the imposition of Western economic sanctions following the 2014 annexation of Crimea, and for the novel tactics it is employing online. All of it amounts to a new kind of low-intensity or “hybrid” warfare that Western governments are still struggling to effectively counter.

He Voted to Impeach Clinton. This Looks Bigger. (jdargis)

Things will change for Republicans when we convince Trump supporters to be thankful for where we are and hopeful for the future. As it is, we’ve been mimicking Trump’s resentments. We’ve embodied his fear of the future, looking back with him and them to some good old days that never existed. Those Trump supporters comprise perhaps 38 percent of the American people. They’ve been captured by his message of grievance. They are the dominant force in Republican primaries. They are the reason that Senator Rubio, for example, adopted a minimizing, dismissing and excusing mode in his questioning of Comey. That 38 percent prevents Republicans from pursuing a range of things -- from cooperating with a full-bore investigation of Russia’s attack on our election, to crafting workable solutions on health care, to working on free-enterprise solutions to climate change.

The Thinking Person's Retirement Choice (Tiffany D.)

All else being equal, if you need more money now and/or expect taxes to remain the same or fall in the future, you’d go the traditional route. If you can spare the extra tax now and/or expect tax rates to rise in the future, you’d choose Roth. That’s because if you expect future taxes to be higher, it makes sense to pay them now when they’re low.

10 no-brainer ways to cut healthcare costs without hurting quality (jdargis)

This summer, public outrage erupted over price-gouging for EpiPens, the go-to treatment for severe allergic reactions. Between 2009 and 2016, the price per dose for an EpiPen, produced by pharmaceutical company Mylan, increased from $100 to $600, while the cost, per dose, of the actual drug inside, epinephrine, cost only about $1.

3 ways Clean Energy will make Big Oil extinct in 12 to 32 Years — without subsidies (Afridev)

In the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker has quietly diverted 145 million Euros earmarked for environmental and climate protection to subsidise high-end defence technologies.

Oil Markets Unmoved By Brewing Conflict In The Middle East (Michael K.)

As is often the case with the Trump administration, there have been mixed signals from Washington. President Trump has strongly supported the isolation of Qatar over its alleged funding of terrorism, ignoring the fact that although the relationship is complicated, Qatar is an ally of the U.S. in many ways. Not only does the U.S. have a large military base in Qatar, Qatar is also home to the U.S.’ regional Central Command headquarters. The location is critical to the U.S.’ campaign to fight ISIS, among other security objectives. Moreover, the Pentagon just signed off on a $12 billion weapons deal to Qatar last week. Shortly after Trump’s public comments, the Pentagon felt the need to issue a statement thanking Qatar for hosting 10,000 U.S. troops.

It’s Too Hot for Some Planes to Fly in Phoenix (jdargis)

Climate change poses huge risks for aviation, according to a 2016 report from the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN agency based in Montreal. Reduced aircraft performance is just one impact from higher temperatures, according to the agency, which also cited heat damage to airport surfaces, increased heating and cooling requirements, greater pressure on local utilities, and greater noise generation due to aircraft performance issues.

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Seth Rich #8

From DrudgeReport:  A volunteer group of forensic psychology students at George Washington University have undertaken an independent look at the Seth Rich murder.

They include their observations:

1.  The death does not appear to be a random homicide

2.  It does not appear to be a botched robbery

3.  The investigation appears to be hampered, internally and externally.

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My own take from reading this is that trust in the legal authorities to seek justice is very low.  This is a collapse of confidence in "the system."

And this OAN report, taken down from youtube but re-found in the archives.

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On consciousness.

Objective materialism died in Copenhagen in 1923.
Efforts to resurrect it have all failed.

Considering that the flat earthers are still with us it would be folly to predict that this fact will be internalised.

However the physics supports the following conclusions.
1) That Reality is procedurally generated. (Your mind creates your brain*)

2) The past is adjusted to support the present observation. (This explains why the 60 constants of nature are so finely adjusted to support life)

The implications therefore are that consciousness will be supported in the future, even if if means that absurdities are manifest. ( such as UFOs)

* A common mistake made by Objective Materialists is to confuse correlation with causation.
They conclude that damage to the brain causes mental problems. This is incorrect. The relationship is correlated in the same way that your avatar in a computer game suffers damage.

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DIY archery setup

A very clever young woman makes a functioning bow and arrow out of metal pipe and two large springs.

https://www.facebook.com/UltimateKNIFEandGun/videos/1331790203601592/

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No buyers for Chicago school bonds causes rates to hit 9%

More Illinois news to come shortly when today's Daily Digest is posted:

No buyers for Chicago school bonds causes rates to hit 9%

Crain's Chicago Business-14 hours ago
The junk-rated district, reeling from escalating pension costs and fallout from the Illinois budget gridlock, has been stuck paying punitive interest rates on $167.5 ...

 

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