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Skynet

He mentions 9/11/2001 at the end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNZrq2iK87k

Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks

  1. Jeffrey T. Hancockc,d
  1. aCore Data Science Team, Facebook, Inc., Menlo Park, CA 94025;

  2. bCenter for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143; and

  3. Departments of cCommunication and

  4. dInformation Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

  1. Edited by Susan T. Fiske, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, and approved March 25, 2014 (received for review October 23, 2013)

Significance

We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook, that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness. We provide experimental evidence that emotional contagion occurs without direct interaction between people (exposure to a friend expressing an emotion is sufficient), and in the complete absence of nonverbal cues.

Abstract

Emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness. Emotional contagion is well established in laboratory experiments, with people transferring positive and negative emotions to others. Data from a large real-world social network, collected over a 20-y period suggests that longer-lasting moods (e.g., depression, happiness) can be transferred through networks [Fowler JH, Christakis NA (2008) BMJ 337:a2338], although the results are controversial. In an experiment with people who use Facebook, we test whether emotional contagion occurs outside of in-person interaction between individuals by reducing the amount of emotional content in the News Feed. When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred. These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks. This work also suggests that, in contrast to prevailing assumptions, in-person interaction and nonverbal cues are not strictly necessary for emotional contagion, and that the observation of others’ positive experiences constitutes a positive experience for people.

 

Full Text: http://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788.full

Federal judge rules U.S. no-fly list violates Constitution

Federal judge rules U.S. no-fly list violates Constitution

Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:58pm EDT

reuters.com

(Reuters) - The U.S. government's no-fly list banning people accused of links to terrorism from commercial flights violates their constitutional rights because it gives them no meaningful way to contest that decision, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

Victims’ families demand release of 28 pages from 9/11 report

http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2014/03/12/representative-stephen-lynch-victims-families-demand-release-pages-...

03/12/2014 5:31 PM
By Kimberly Railey, Globe Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Joined by family members who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Representative Stephen F. Lynch renewed his push Wednesday to make public part of a 9/11 congressional investigation.

The South Boston Democrat and Representative Walter B. Jones, a Republican of North Carolina, said releasing 28 pages from the investigation would expose new details on the terrorism plot that killed nearly 3,000 people. The two representatives introduced a resolution in December calling for President Obama to declassify the information.

“There are a lot of American families who lost loved ones, so it’s not just a local issue for me,” Lynch said in an interview. “They all deserve full disclosure.”

The Vanished Art of Human Intelligence

From July 12th 2002

"or Why the World Trade Center Would Still Be Standing if Defense Against Terrorism Had Been Contracted Out to the Private Sector"

http://h2k2.hope.net/panels.html#vanish

Part1: http://h2k2.hope.net/media/vanished1.mp3
Part2: http://h2k2.hope.net/media/vanished2.mp3

Feds cagey on early Anwar Al-Awlaki ties

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2013/10/feds-cagey-on-early-anwar-alawlaki-ties-174323.html

By JOSH GERSTEIN
10/4/13 3:56 PM EDT

Lawyers for a Virginia man serving a life sentence for supporting jihad against the United States pushed Friday to pry more information out of the federal government about the possibility that cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki may have been recruited as a government informant a decade ago.

During a federal court hearing in Alexandria, Va., U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema didn't sound inclined to grant motions by former cancer researcher and Muslim scholar Ali Al-Timimi seeking more details on the government's relationship with Al-Awlaki, as well as other facts Al-Timimi's lawyers say were withheld prior to and during his 2005 trial on charges such as aiding the Taliban and soliciting treason.

“What about building 7?”

“What about building 7?” A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories
Michael J. Wood* and Karen M. Douglas*

School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Recent research into the psychology of conspiracy belief has highlighted the importance of belief systems in the acceptance or rejection of conspiracy theories. We examined a large sample of conspiracist (pro-conspiracy-theory) and conventionalist (anti-conspiracy-theory) comments on news websites in order to investigate the relative importance of promoting alternative explanations vs. rejecting conventional explanations for events. In accordance with our hypotheses, we found that conspiracist commenters were more likely to argue against the opposing interpretation and less likely to argue in favor of their own interpretation, while the opposite was true of conventionalist commenters. However, conspiracist comments were more likely to explicitly put forward an account than conventionalist comments were. In addition, conspiracists were more likely to express mistrust and made more positive and fewer negative references to other conspiracy theories. The data also indicate that conspiracists were largely unwilling to apply the “conspiracy theory” label to their own beliefs and objected when others did so, lending support to the long-held suggestion that conspiracy belief carries a social stigma. Finally, conventionalist arguments tended to have a more hostile tone. These tendencies in persuasive communication can be understood as a reflection of an underlying conspiracist worldview in which the details of individual conspiracy theories are less important than a generalized rejection of official explanations.

http://www.frontiersin.org/personality_science_and_individual_differences/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00409/abstract

Full Text: http://www.frontiersin.org/Personality_Science_and_Individual_Differences/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00409/full

You can't wait around for someone else to act

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance

FBI Report Implicates Saudi Government in 9/11

But “We Can’t Afford to Irritate the Saudis” By Actually Looking Into Who Backed 9/11 … “Especially with Oil Prices Going Up Now”

Contrary to the official narrative, 9/11 was state-sponsored terror.  The only question is which state sponsored it.

A 9/11 Commissioner and Co-Chair of the Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 say in sworn declarations that the Saudi government is linked to the 9/11 attacks.

This week, the Miami Herald provided more evidence of a Saudi link:

A Saudi family who “fled” their Sarasota area home weeks before 9/11 had “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001,” according to newly released FBI records.

Read more: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/04/fbi-report-implicates-saudis-in-911.html

See also: http://911blogger.com/news/2013-04-17/sarasota-family-had-many-connections-911-terror-attacks

Digital Archiving

Posts change, videos disappear, tweets are deleted. Links rot:
http://gigaom.com/2012/09/19/the-disappearing-web-information-decay-is-eating-away-our-history/

There are tools to combat this. Please post your own tips and techniques.

General page archiving: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/shelve/
Shelve can be configured to automatically save every page you visit. Each version is saved in a timestamped folder under the domain name (in your Firefox profile folder).
Recommended file name template: %{shelvedir}%/%B%/%Y-%M-%D-%h-%m-%s-%l%/%[ctF]%e

Also see: http://webcitation.org

Youtube Archiving:
Youtube-dl: http://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/
Recommended command line:
youtube-dl --verbose --write-description --write-info-json --output "%(uploader)s__%(uploader_id)s__%(upload_date)s__%(title)s__%(extractor)s__%(id)s.%(ext)s" [URL]