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International Women’s Day : Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar – March 8, 2012 at 8:05 am – Maryam Namazie

In Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, better laws, critical discourse, Freedom of Expression, Iran, Islam, Israel, non-Muslim rights, nudism, Pharoahnate, spirit of the law on March 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Happy International Women’s Day

The Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar is being launched in homage to Egyptian atheist, student and blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy who posted a nude photo of herself, announcing the post on Twitter under the hashtag, #NudePhotoRevolutionary.

You can download and or purchase the calendar below.

The calendar is the idea of campaigner Maryam Namazie to support Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and join her ‘screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy’.

Namazie says: ‘What with Islamism and the religious right being obsessed with women’s bodies and demanding that we be veiled, bound, and gagged, nudity breaks taboos and is an important form of resistance.’

The calendar is designed by SlutWalk Co-founder Toronto, Sonya JF Barnett who says: ‘I felt that women needed to stand in solidarity with Aliaa. It takes a lot of guts to do what she did, and the backlash is always expected and can quite hurtful. She needed to know that there are others like her, willing to push the envelope to express outrage.’

Others who join the ‘scream’ include mother and daughter Anne Baker and Poppy Wilson St James, teacher Luisa Batista, We are Atheism Founder Amanda Brown, atheist bloggers Greta Christina and Emily Dietle, FEMEN activist Alena Magelat, photographer Mallorie Nasrallah, actress Cleo Powell, freethinker Nina Sankari , writer Saskia Vogel, and mother Maja Wolna. The women are photographed by Julian Baker, Adam Brown, Grzegorz Brzezicki, Lucy Fox-Bohan, Agnieszka Hodowana, Ben Hopper, N. Maxwell Lander, Mallorie Nasrallah, Mark Neurdenburg, Vitaliy Pavlenko, and Michael Rosen.

On nudity and the calendar, Mallorie Nasrallah says: ‘When a tool of oppression can be turned in to an assertion of power, it is a beautiful thing. Nudity when celebrated harms no one, and when made shameful and barbaric harms everyone.’ Nina Sankari says: ‘In solidarity with Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, I would like to stress that our bodies (and thoughts) belong to us and to nobody else.’ Anne Baker says ‘Men in frocks constrain, control and intimidate women the world over in the name of God … it has to stop.’ Greta Christina says: ‘Sexual freedom is an important freedom — but it’s one that commonly gets ignored or trivialized.’ Maja Wolna says: ‘Irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, religion or culture we are equal. Personal dignity is a foundation of human civilization.’ Amanda Brown says: ‘Dogma will never determine where I sit, what I wear, or how I live’ and Poppy Wilson St. James says: ‘I find it strange that it is more acceptable to seen on screen violence and guns than even a nipple. There is something wrong with our mindset if that is what we accept as the norm and shy away from nudity which is a completely natural state’.

Saskia Vogel says: ‘This calendar hopefully will reach people who are uncomfortable with empowered female nudity, and encourage them to reconsider their feelings about the nude figure.’ Luisa Batista says: ‘I think the calendar is important, because it may help to open people’s eyes and hearts. Women – and men – who are afraid, may find courage and feel supported by the quotes and faces and bodies of the people in the calendar.’

According to Emily Dietle, ‘If it weren’t for people who took a strong stand against misogyny and for free-expression, we’d still be in an age where showing your ankles was taboo.’ Alena Magelat says: ‘Our naked body is our challenge to patriarchy, dictatorship and violence. Smart people we inspire; dictators are horrified’.

The women in the calendar stand firm in solidarity with Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and the countless women across the world who are denied basic rights, freedoms and dignity.

WARNING : Some nudity here, if you are easily offended, please do not click.

Join the ‘Scream’ on Facebook and on Twitter under the hashtag #NudePhotoRevolutionary.

freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2012/03/08/nude-photo-revolutionary-calendar-is-here/

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I think Alia and her fellow models are more like a pre-Islam Egyptian type. There is a reason for the nudity in this case perhaps a yearning for old and more tolerant and pleasurable days, like Cleopatra down the Nile, and those dancers in ancient Egypt. Maybe her real calling is to help revive an Egyptian Pharoanate than pose nude. It’s all that uncollected energy that has no where else to go so they pose nude.

In another day and age they might well have been fertility Priestesses of some sort. Maybe if the old Egyptian religion is revived, they would not feel so overtly sexual as their energy would  be channeled in the calandaric Rites of Old Egypt, for fertility of crops, well being of the various totem animal Gods. They would have somewhere to place all that energy instead. How about starting a movement for a Pharoanate instead? Theres only so much one can do with nudity and free expression though you all are an inspiration to the sex negative or sexually oppressed !

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5 Articles on Malaysian Politics : MCA Critique, PAS Critique, BN Corruption and Refutation, PAS courts the Minorities, Strawman Ministries – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 8th March 2012

In Abuse of Power, critical discourse, criticism, Ethics, Malaysia, Nepotism, Orwellian, Political Fat Cats, politics, quorum, vested interest on March 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

ARTICLE 1

MCA, Chua Soi Lek brave? Ha! Ha! Ha! – by  Jackson Ng – Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:32

AS FAR as I know, former Finance Minister and Umno Treasurer Daim Zainuddin recently granted an interview with the racist Mingguan Malaysia/Utusan Malaysia and the Barisan Nasional (BN)-friendly China Press.

Daim had before the March 2008 political tsunami accurately predicted that BN would lose at least five states in the 12th General Election.

Naturally, with the 13th national polls around the corner, what Daim has to say would attract more attention than his preview in 2008 when many from BN had unkindly labelled him as “senile”.

How moronic!

The publication of the interview by the two media groups also attracted translations by the English mainstream print media who unashamedly rushed to spin it to BN’s favour.

I am not sure whether the published interviews and translations were accurate, inaccurate or intentionally spun to give BN the edge, if any.

However, it is obvious that the interview was used by the BN-friendly mainstream print media to spin. If not, how else do you explain the various versions and difference in content?

However, I would like to zoom in on how the MCA-owned The Star spun the interview to project the morally-tainted MCA president Chua Soi Lek as a brave Chinese leader.

How moronic can it be to claim that Chua is a hero just because he dared to debate with DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Timid boot-lickers in real life

We need not look far to see how timid the Umno-bootlicking MCA is. It cannot even defend the dignity of the Chinese community against the racist Ibrahim “Perkasa” Ali who, till today, has yet to apologise for distributing pak kam (white gold or white packets) to the Chinese community in the recent Lunar Year of the Dragon celebration.

(In Chinese custom, the giving out of pak kam is for bereavement.)

Chua even had the gall to openly support Perkasa by announcing that MCA would not ban MCA members from attending Perkasa functions.

Which is behaving worse, PAS or Umno-Perkasa?

Then, on corruption and Ling Liong Sik-Chan Kong Choy

On corruption, has MCA or Chua displayed any bravery by condemning Umno Wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and her family over the now globally infamous Cowgate Scandal?

This reminds me of the multi-billion ringgit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) financial scandal.

To date, former MCA president Ling Liong Sik and former MCA deputy president Chan Kong Choy have been charged. Does any Malaysian or anyone sane believe that only these two are suspected of looting the country’s wealth (read taxpayers’ monies).

The cases against Ling and Chan are ongoing, so it will be subjudice to dwell into the details of the charges.

But what about other allegations of corruption and mismanagement in PKFZ that are not related to the cases against Ling and Chan?

The PKFZ financial fiasco is so complex, with so many beneficiaries, that one can be forgiven for not understanding fully or remembering the facts.

Let me give a short chronology:

>  On May 28, 2009, the then Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat received the Pricewaterhousecoopers’ full audit report on the PKFZ (google “Pricewaterhousecoopers PKFZ” and you will get all the details you need); and

>  Ong on June 10, 2009, then commissioned an independent panel of professionals to study the report, giving it two months to recommend actions.

The panel’s report and recommendations included an unaccounted mismanagement of RM1.64 billion purportedly for piling work.

The report was then submitted to the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), with a copy extended to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Almost immediately after this, MCA leaders, with support from outsiders, engineered the removal of Ong as MCA president and thereby as a Cabinet minister.

Ong’s successor, Chua’s bumbling Kong Cho Ha, to date has not uttered a word about the report and has apparently swept everything PKFZ under the carpet.

You call that bravery?

Jackson Ng is a Retired Journalist

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Soi Lek and other Chinese BN based leaders are extreme cowards because with the kind of wealth these MCA apartheid accepters have, they could simply do anything they wanted, namely pull MCA out of BN and fight on the platform of :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

Any racists in UMNO would not be able to act in time politically, short of murdering the lot pf their own BN MPs, which would create an international outcry like the one that toppled the Arab Spring states all the same, and open the door to China and India having the excuse of ‘protecting’ their fellow ‘Jews’ – USA and Russia in this event probably would pretend not to notice given the apartheid state of the laws and constitutions and massive human rights abuses littering Malaysia’s record. Want to see Malaysia turn into Palestine? I don’t think even the UMNO bunch would dare because their lives would be equally forfeit.

Meanwhile though the Chinese leaders in MCA and Gerakan are indeed extreme cowards. Grant the 3 items above, MCA can already strongarm UMNO into granting equality but the leadership is so weak (short of a light huff-and-puff or two, see below article – once again indirect complaints but NEVER addressing APARTHEID and Article 1 of the UNHCR) despite the wealth, MCA does not act at all.

ARTICLE 2

Attire Policing For European Visitors Discourages Tourism – by Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen – Wednesday, 07 March 2012 15:58

It is bad enough that Kelantan remains the poorest state in Malaysia in view that the PAS-led administration’s policies have failed to generate much needed foreign direct investment to revive the east coast state’s economy, worse still is that the hardline state government is relentless in its pursuit of attire policy, with foreign tourists being the latest target.

Berita Harian(6 Mar 2012) reported that Menteri Besar Nik Aziz wants the state’s Tourism Information Center to pay attention to ensure that foreign tourists in particular those from Europe are attired in abidance with the dress codes of local authorities and in accordance with Islamic regulations.

As a Kelantan native, I cannot help but connect the latest recommendation (read “directive”) by the PAS spiritual leader as a continuation of the attire prohibitions list already permeating and irritatingly restricting the local Kelantanese population besides foreign tourists and investors on personal freedoms with regards to attire, for example:

1) June 2008: Kota Bharu Municipal Council directive to women not to apply lipstick or wear high heels as they could lead to immoral activities

2) June 2009: Tengku Anis Municipal Council signage at public park urge non-Muslim women park goers to cover up i.e. wear tops which are long enough to cover the waist, with sleeves and knee length trousers

3) January 2010: the Kota Bharu Municipal Council fined 10 Muslim female employees for donning short sleeves while working in Chinese shops

4) 21 June 2010: PAS Chetok assemblyman proposed holding a campaign to only dine at shops where the food attendants cover their aurat; thereby discriminating against outlets whose employee’s uniform comprise of polo t-shirts

5) 6 March 2011: Hair salon owner issued a summons for allowing employee to wear a three-quarter-sleeved blouse while on duty

MCA Kelantan holds that so long as the tourists and investors be they foreign or domestic, are decently clad, and not dressing immodestly, there should not be any more attire policing. Such attempts only rebuff visitors to our east coast state. The local authorities should focus on hygiene and cleanliness of a premises rather than judging and being punitive on the clothes people wear.

Snoop squads free of voyeurism & lustful thoughts?

When tourists come to Kelantan, besides desiring to be immersed in the rich and time-held cultures of native Kelantanese, they also want to enjoy our pristine beaches whose tourism potential has yet to be fully maximised. They may also want to experience the simplicity of kampong life via homestay.

To station moral enforcement officers ala snoop squads to be on the lookout for tourists who are properly or indecently attired at the beach or in townships or in the kampongs where they want to experience homestay, is none other than to encourage voyeurism.

What assurances do tourists and beachgoers have that the snoop squads are not scanning the silhouette of tourists with prurient thoughts running through their mind?

Tourists, beachgoers and homestayers want to enjoy our seaside, marine and coral life leisurely yet with privacy, without having to be conscious all the time that their walk along the shores, snorkel on the waters’ surface, dive underwater, or stroll around the kampong is being observed and monitored constantly by the authorities on patrol out to nab them or any form of bodily harm may befall them.

DR NG YEN YEN is MCA Kelantan Chairman

(The views expressed above belongs to the author in its entirety and does not represent the opinion of Malaysian Mirror in any way)

http://www.malaysianmirror.com/media-buzz-detail/136-letters-to-the-editor/56913-attire-policing-for-european-visitors-discourages-tourism

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Kelantan and perhaps all PAS districts and maybe the traditional minded among Royal Townships should clearly declare themselves Hudud Zones with clear signages on what is disallowed. Conversely TOURIST zones (meaning international standards as well as no attire policing and snoop squads allowed) and HARAM activity areas like Gambling Zones and RLDs and OPZs should be set up in the most international districts of Malaysia’s main cities or where a sizable number of residents want to play games or have access to adult services. No mention of APARTHEID Minister Dr.Ng? How can MCA be voted if MCA cannot even denounce what is granted by Article 1 of the UNHCR?

ARTICLE 3

Shahrizat threatens to sue Nurul Izzah over KL Eco City claim – by Shannon Teoh – March 07, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil threatened tonight to sue Nurul Izzah Anwar for alleging that she used her position to help her family purchase eight office units in the RM6 billion KL Eco City project.

“To answer the slanderous allegation by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, I want to explain that I have nothing to do with the development of the KL Eco City in Lembah Pantai.

Shahrizat also said in a text message to The Malaysian Insider that Nurul Izzah should “refer all questions regarding the construction or purchase or property to the KL Eco City management.”
“I will not hesitate to take legal action against her or any other party that slanders or links me to KL Eco City,” the women, family and community development minister said in a text message sent to The Malaysian Insider by her press officer.

PKR vice president Nurul Izzah demanded earlier today that the Wanita Umno chief reveal if she had influenced the construction of the luxurious integrated urban city development in Bangsar to help her family procure the units the opposition party claims are worth RM12 million.

She had complained last year that the development had resulted in the unfair relocation of villagers and told a press conference today the project kicked off in 2007, when Shahrizat was still the MP for Lembah Pantai.

She drew links between Shahrizat and the development by pointing to PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli’s revelation today of bank documents allegedly showing that Shahrizat’s family members had used a RM250 million federal loan as leverage to obtain loans to purchase the units.

But Shahrizat told her successor to “refer all questions regarding the construction or purchase or property to the KL Eco City management.”

Shahrizat’s husband Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail and their three children own and sit on the board of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp), which was awarded the loan in 2006 to run the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) cattle farming scheme.

PKR has accused Shahrizat’s family of using the RM250 million loan to finance over RM62 million in land, property and expenses unrelated to cattle farming.

DAP has also cited NFCorp’s annual report for 2009 as showing that a total of RM81,324,745 was owed to the cattle-rearing firm by other companies associated with the company’s directors.

The NFC hit the headlines after it made it into the Auditor-General’s Report last year, and has continued to hog the limelight after it was linked to Shahrizat and her family.

Shahrizat applied for three weeks’ leave from her ministerial duties in January after new allegations of bribery surfaced and resumed work on February 8. She was called in for questioning by the MACC on the same day.

Bukit Aman recommended last month that the Attorney General charge NFCorp directors with criminal breach of trust (CBT), an opinion that was shared by de facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

But the AG has since asked that the police conduct more investigations.

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Sharizat should also sue PKR through the ROS, over the 8% quorum in PKR’s elections where Nurul’s lack of quorum to qualify for that VP’s post, alongside all other committee post holders do not count. Nepotism stinks and all nepotists should be removed. Do something for the country Sharizat, even though you are part of the racist bunch, do something good as you leave politics for good, remove the next generation’s nepotists and make clear that Pakatan is not full of saints! But Sharizat’s party UMNO has no desire to grant as of now, even though they have the mandate :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

So Pakatan still has power in Malaysia, Pakatan’s power only ends when BN grants the above 3 items.

ARTICLE 4

PAS embraces pluralism, says Hadi – by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – March 08, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — PAS is a party which upholds and defends the rights of all Malaysians regardless of their faith and not just Malays, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today.

The PAS president said that there was a misconception that the Islamist party had “abandoned” its Islamic principles by associating itself with PKR and Chinese-majority DAP, and accused PAS’ detractors of not fully understanding Islam itself.

He acknowledged the fact that many of PAS’ critics have questioned why the party have not pursued unity talks with Umno, but pointed out that the ideals and goals of both parties were vastly different.

“There are still many who are caught in not understanding Islamic principles, when they find it strange to see PAS working together with non-Muslim parties like DAP, who have been accused of being chauvinist.

“These same people conclude that PAS has sacrificed its principles by working with its partners in Pakatan Rakyat,” he said in a blog posting today.

Abdul Hadi (picture) stressed that Islam in itself was not a religion which was tied to any race or national identity, and that its basic tenets pushed for fairness for a “plural society” with people from different religions.

PAS he said embraced the idea of pluralism in a society and the need to care for all races using the principles of Islam as the main guideline.

“PAS’ approach based on Islam, with respect to its relationship with non-Muslims differs greatly from Umno whose secular nationalism supercedes Islam. Under Barisan Nasional, Islam is not at the forefront of the administration but below,” said the Marang MP.

“PAS upholds justice for all without forcing (our) beliefs, and ensuring all races are treated fairly and given the opportunity to build the nation.

“Malays have special qualities, so do the Chinese, Indians and others. If there is fairness for all races we can build a better country,” he added.

PAS unity bureau chief Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa told The Malaysian Insider the concept of “plurality” was deeply rooted within the party, and pointed out to the party’s formation and support for its non-Muslim wing.

“For PAS, plurality is necessary to be in a harmonious society,” said the Parit Buntar MP.

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If PAS is fairminded and plural as claimed here in the above article, then PAS needs to endorse with intent to grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

;all above 3 numbered items being UNHCR Article 1 required of a civilised 1st world nation, and also Islam required by not committing the Sin of Asabiya, along with minor items like non-loud speaker districts for majority non-Muslim areas, haram entertainment zones (i.e. RLDs, OPZs and full gamut of gaming other than 4D alone in appropriate districts.) Set an example of pluralism for the Muslim world that non-Muslims’ spaces will be respected or appropriate spaces made for them as suggested here in this response.

ARTICLE 5

Friday December 23, 2011
Ministry: We have no power to sack sports leaders
AT THE DEWAN NEGARA

THE Youth and Sports Ministry has no power to expel long-serving sports leaders, said minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He said it was up to sports leaders to evaluate whether their performance and managerial expertise had brought success or otherwise to the associations that they helm.

“It’s up to each association, but sports leaders need to ask themselves honestly whether they should continue to hold office while the sports performance deteriorated.

“What the ministry can do is regulate financial assistance to sports associations that are saddled with problems,” he told Senator Mohd Khalid Ahmad.

To a suggestion from Senator Datuk Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff that former national athletes should be roped in to spearhead sports associations instead of politicians, Ahmad Shabery said there was no certainty that former athletes would make better sports leaders than politicians.

To a question from Senator Noriah Mahat that a mechanism be devised to unearth sporting talents from rural areas, Ahmad Shabery said it was being done with the cooperation of the Education Ministry and the Higher Education Ministry. — Bernama

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How do these people even become Mnisters at all? The Sports Ministry is not pro-active. Together with the MPs, the Sports Minister can INTRODUCE laws that require a quorum among sportsmen or within the sports association to determine who is to be a sports leader. Any MP who refuses to implement quorums is not votable and a term limitless dictator like Mubrak or Gaddafi. The Ministry is being very stagnating and unhelpful to democracy here.

2 Articles on Neurotech : Mind Reading Implants, EMF/EMF Satellite Cellphone Tech Based Mind Readers – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 9th March 2012

In Neurotech, Orwellian, Prison, privacy, psychiatry on March 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

ARTICLE 1

Scientists ‘discover how to read minds’ Published on Thursday 8 March 2012 10:00

“Mind-boggling! Science creates computer that can decode your thoughts and put them into words,” the Daily Mail’s headline exclaimed today, while The Daily Telegraph heralded an era in which a “mind-reading device could become a reality”.

You’d be forgiven for thinking famous mind readers such as Derren Brown had just produced a telepathy implant. Instead, these reports are from a small study of 15 people that culminated in researchers being able to reconstruct the sound patterns of words using brain activity alone.

This research involved attaching electrical sensors directly to brains of people undergoing brain surgery to understand how they processed individual words that were played to them. The researchers demonstrated that the brain breaks words down into complex patterns of electrical activity. They were then able to create a mathematical algorithm that decoded and translated the brain activity back into a rough version of the original sound.

But the reconstructed words were not of good enough quality to be recognised by a human listener when played. The words were only recognised when the original and reconstructed sound patterns were compared visually.

This exciting and new research does raise the prospect of brain activity one day being translated into words using an implant. Such technology could help the vast numbers of people suffering from problems affecting speech. But it is important to recognise that this research is in its very early stages and a clinically effective implant is likely to be a long way off.

Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by a collaboration of North American universities led by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley. It was funded by several academic grants and was published in the peer-reviewed science journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) Biology.

The researchers report that the human brain has evolved complex mechanisms to decode highly variable sounds into meaningful elements of language, such as words. Understanding this complex decoding in humans has proved difficult, as it requires recording brain activity on the exposed brain (with the skull removed).

This study took advantage of cases of rare brain surgery for epilepsy and brain tumours that allowed researchers to measure brain activity by attaching sensors directly to the brain surface. This provided a unique opportunity to understand how the human brain recognises speech.

This study received wide media coverage due to its futuristic appeal and was often given a sci-fi angle, with some suggesting a “mind-reading device could become reality”. This research does raise the possibility of developing a device that could interpret thoughts into speech in the future. However, it is important to note the authors’ own caution – that the technology of translating thoughts into words needs to be vastly improved before such a device could become a reality.

What kind of research was this?

This was a small study of 15 people undergoing brain surgery for epilepsy or brain tumour. It looked at whether the complex brain activity involved in processing spoken words, such as the sound wave form and syllable rate, could be reconstructed using a computer program.

The researchers believe that the brain processes internal thoughts in a similar way to hearing sounds, and hope that this type of technology could eventually be used to help those who cannot talk, such as those in a coma or in the much-feared “locked-in syndrome”.

What did the research involve?

Fifteen patients undergoing brain surgery for epilepsy or brain tumour were asked to listen to 47 real or invented words and sentences from different English speakers. All patients had normal language capabilities when they were enrolled in the study.

During this process electrical signals from the brain were recorded using multiple sensors attached directly to the part of the brain called the lateral temporal cortex, which includes the superior temporal gyrus (STG), thought to be very important in the processing of speech.

To understand and mimic the brain activity involved in processing heard words, the researchers used an approach referred to as “stimulus reconstruction”. In this case, the stimulus was hearing a spoken word.

Hearing words causes a large amount of brain activity involved in recognising and processing the different aspects of the sounds of the words, for example the different sound frequencies and timing of syllables. The word reconstruction involved creating a mathematical program (like that used in computer software) capable of decoding the vast amount of brain activity in such a way that it was possible to identify the original words heard by the participant.

The reconstructed signals from different mathematical models (linear and non-linear) were compared to those detected directly from the brain surface to see how good they were at mimicking the brain’s activity when hearing spoken words. The researchers also used the models to identify the most important areas of the brain involved in processing this information and what other factors influenced the accuracy of the sound reconstructions.

What were the basic results?

When constructing the mathematical models they found that the STG region of the brain was important in creating an accurate prediction of the sound pattern of the original word.

The sound patterns generated by the mathematical model allowed the identification of specific words to be generated directly from the brain activity of patients listening to the words. These took the form of visual representations of the word sound pattern. A total of 47 words were presented in pairs and, on average, the model correctly identified the word in approximately nine out of every ten instances (89%). This was significantly better than 50% correct identification, which would be seen simply by guessing.

Importantly, however, the quality produced from reconstructing the words was not good enough for them to be recognised by a human listener when played. The words were only recognised when the original and reconstructed sound patterns were compared visually.

The researchers found that different types of mathematical models performed better at reconstructing the sounds of words with particular characteristics.

How did the researchers interpret the results?

The authors concluded that their results demonstrated that key aspects of speech signals can be reconstructed from STG activity.

Conclusion

This study of 15 people undergoing brain surgery has demonstrated a method of reconstructing the sound of a heard word using only the signals obtained from the brain. This study represents an important progression in the field of speech reconstruction, which has the potential to improve the lives of many who suffer from speech difficulties in the future.

But the words, when reconstructed, were not of good enough quality to be recognised by a human listener when played. The words could only be identified when the original and reconstructed sound patterns were compared visually. The researchers suggest that improving the brain sensors detecting the STG brain activity may, in the future, improve the reconstructed sound to a level that could be understood by a person listening.

The mathematical formula used to reconstruct the words is at a very early stage and would need a significant amount of improvement and development before it could be considered for use in an implant or similar device in the future. Similarly, future speech reconstruction research would need to demonstrate it was effective in a large range of words, sentence patterns and languages. Currently, the mathematical program has only been tested on a limited vocabulary of 47 English words.

This research represents an intriguing first demonstration of the potential of speech reconstruction technology to transform the lives of people with communication problems in the future.

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Then above device is used as a tool of control in the third world here. This post is for someone I know who has been implanted or believes that they have been implanted. This device is able to induce neurolepsy, cause pain and create any artificial physiological sensation. And often used in conjunction with certain psychiatric drugs according to the source. Due to work in activism of this individual and because this person is LGBT (LGBT is illegal in Malaysia), some people here have been implanted against their will in faked ‘accidents’ (according to the individual, the Seventh Day Adventists Hospital Penang is involved or has knowledge of the implant) etc..

UNHCR/WHO needs to address this if not directly involved (who would know?). I have also communicated with the Bar Council on this, I believe they are aware but collude or are disallowed from talking about or giving legal aid on this. Please or advise help if related to any medical grouping which debunks and aids in removal of such devices. Thanks.

 

 

ARTICLE 2

Schumann resonances, Electro Magnetism, and the Brain.

In 1952 Schumann mathematically predicted that the earth had a natural electromagnetic resonance.

He should have asked Tesla, who already knew this and used it to transmit electricity wirelessly.

Why is this important?

I think Electro Magnetism explains a lot of things science is trying to deny and much of parapsychology. More important all of your mental states are Schumann resonances. The Earths electromagnetic resonances affect your states of consciousness. Governments can also use them for control and manipulation.

Here are the basic Schumann Resonances; they are variable within a range as solar and cosmic radiation but are approximately:

Schumann resonances are the principal background in the electromagnetic spectrum[1] beginning at 3 Hz and extend to 60 Hz,[2] and appear as distinct peaks at extremely low frequencies (ELF) around 7.83 (fundamental),[3] 14.3, 20.8, 27.3 and 33.8 Hz.[4][5] ibed wiki

Here are your brain states:

Beta waves (14 to 30 Hz),
Alpha waves (8 to 13 Hz),
Theta waves (4 to 7 Hz), and
Delta waves (1 to 3 Hz).

Alpha frequencies have been associated with meditation and relaxation.
Theta frequencies have been associated with a dreamy, creative states.

So do you think it is a coincidence the state where people feel in synch in meditation, and remote viewing occur happens to be when they are in synch with the earths primary resonance? I do not.

Also Science does not understand why our brain goes to delta state when we sleep. This is the point past dreaming where they say there is no sense of self or consciousness. It happens to correspond with the base Schuman resonance spike.

We do know that there are healing resonances and the healing resonance a cat uses is another Schuman resonance:

Scientists have demonstrated that cats produce the purr… frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Various investigators have shown that sound frequencies in this range can improve bone density and promote healing.

This association between the frequencies of cats’ purrs and improved healing of bones and muscles may provide help for some humans. Bone density loss and muscle atrophy is a serious concern for astronauts during extended periods at zero gravity. Their musculo-skeletal systems do not experience the normal stresses of physical activity, including routine standing or sitting, which requires strength for posture control.

Perhaps cats’ purring helps alleviate the dysplasia or osteoporotic conditions that are more common in their canid cousins. Although it is tempting to state that cats purr because they are happy, it is more plausible that cat purring is a means of communication and a potential source of self-healing.

If you broadcast these EM resonances into the brain you can create all sorts of interesting states of consciousness:


Interestingly enough the government knows about these frequencies and has since the 70’s planned to implement them in psychological war operations… every wonder why all those Iraqi’s just gave up? HAARP was developed shortly after this paper was written and can beam these waves anywhere in the world:

20 Ionization of the air: An abundance of negative condensation nuclei (“air ions”) in ingested air enhances alertness and exhilaration, while an excess of positive ions enhances drowsiness and depression. Calculation of the ionic balance of a target audience’s atmospheric environment will be correspondingly useful. Again this is a naturally-occurring condition – caused by such varying agents as solar ultraviolet light, lightning, and rapidly-moving water – rather than one which most be artificially created. (Detonation of nuclear weapons, however, will alter atmospheric ionization levels.) Cf. Soyke, Fred and Edmonds, Alan, The Ion Effect. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1977. 21 Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) waves: ELF waves up to 100 Hz are once more naturally occurring, but they can also be produced artificially (such as for the Navy’s Project Sanguine for submarine communication). ELF-waves are not normally noticed by the unaided senses, yet their resonant effect upon the human body has been connected to both physiological disorders and emotional distortion. Infrasound vibration (up to 20 Hz) can subliminally influence brain activity to align itself to delta, theta, alpha, or beta wave patterns, inclining an audience toward everything from alertness to passivity. Infrasound could be used tactically, as ELF-waves endure for great distances; and it could be used in conjunction with media broadcasts as well. See Playfair, Guy L. and Hill, Scott, The Cycles of Heaven. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1978, pages 130-140.

MindWar – Col. Aquinohttp://www.xeper.org/maquino/nm/MindWar.pdf

Maybe not ALL those claiming the government is driving them crazy are wrong?

Some research has suggested certain frequencies might even be the explanation for ghosts:

Suggested relationship to ghost sightings
Research by Vic Tandy, a lecturer at Coventry University, suggested that an infrasonic signal of 19 Hz might be responsible for some ghost sightings. Tandy was working late one night alone in a supposedly haunted laboratory at Warwick, when he felt very anxious and could detect a grey blob out of the corner of his eye. When Tandy turned to face the grey blob, there was nothing.
The following day, Tandy was working on his fencing foil, with the handle held in a vise. Although there was nothing touching it, the blade started to vibrate wildly. Further investigation led Tandy to discover that the extractor fan in the lab was emitting a frequency of 18.98 Hz, very close to the resonant frequency of the eye given as 18 Hz by NASA.[32] This was why Tandy had seen a ghostly figure—it was an optical illusion caused by his eyeballs resonating. The room was exactly half a wavelength in length, and the desk was in the centre, thus causing a standing wave which caused the vibration of the foil.[33]
Tandy investigated this phenomenon further and wrote a paper entitled The Ghost in the Machine.[34] Tandy carried out a number of investigations at various sites believed to be haunted, including the basement of the Tourist Information Bureau next to Coventry Cathedral[35][36] and Edinburgh Castle.[37][38]

Tesla, the inventor of many of the modern devices on which our society runs, was convinced EM was the key to unlimited free energy, communication with other sentient beings and a lot more. He would know, he spent most of his life studying EM.

Of course on his death the US Government rushed in and seized and classified his work so top secret it has yet to be revealed. And they continue to do so with so many patents in EM.

It makes you wonder… maybe our whole view of Science is being purposefully kept in the dark, and EM has the possibility of opening whole new worlds… quite literally.

~piano