Friday, November 21, 2014

Give Where You Live: ABC7 Thanksgiving Food Drive

More than 780,000 people in the Bay Area go hungry each month. That's about 1 in 6 Bay Area residents, which includes families, children and seniors. For 23 years, ABC7 and Bay Area food banks have worked together to collect food and cash donations. Join ABC7 in helping feed the Bay Area's hungry this holiday season!

The 19th Century Blueprint For A Massive Mind-Control Machine

The Air Loom worked, as its name suggests, by weaving "airs", or gases, into a "warp of magnetic fluid" which was then directed at its victim. Matthews' explanation of its powers combined the cutting-edge technologies of pneumatic chemistry and the electric battery with the controversial science of animal magnetism, or mesmerism. The finer detail becomes increasingly strange. It was fuelled by combinations of "fetid effluvia", including "spermatic-animal-seminal rays", "putrid human breath", and "gaz from the anus of the horse", and its magnetic warp assailed Matthews' brain in a catalogue of forms known as "event-workings". These included "brain-saying" and "dream-working", by which thoughts were forced into his brain against his will, and a terrifying array of physical tortures from "knee nailing", "vital tearing" and "fibre ripping" to "apoplexy-working with the nutmeg grater" and the dreaded "lobster-cracking", where the air around his chest was constricted until he was unable to breathe.
To facilitate their control over him, the gang had implanted a magnet into his brain. He was tormented constantly by hallucinations, physical agonies, fits of laughter or being forced to parrot whatever words they chose to feed into his head. No wonder some people thought he was mad. The machine's operators were a gang of undercover Jacobin terrorists, who Matthews described with haunting precision.

Dovish Draghi boosts hopes of ECB stimulus

Facebook is kicking its drone business into high gear

Facebook wants to know: Are you an avionics engineer who can create an autopilot system? How about a thermal engineer who can keep a drone cool during long flights? Or a systems engineer who can manage lasers in outer space?

Ferguson police insist they need armored vehicles, rubber bullets, and tear gas

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, have fully declined eight of 19 rules of engagement proposed by demonstrators who have been protesting the police shooting of Michael Brown, including a rule to avoid the use of "equipment such as armored vehicles, rubber bullets, rifles and tear gas."

Unarmed Man Killed by Police in NY Housing Complex

A rookie police officer walking with his gun drawn in a darkened stairwell of a crime-ridden public housing complex accidentally shot and killed a man who was leaving the building with his girlfriend, authorities said Friday.

Confused OPEC Watchers Are More Divided Than Ever

The 20 analysts surveyed this week by Bloomberg are perfectly divided, with half forecasting the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will cut supply on Nov. 27 in Vienna to stem a plunge in prices while the other half expect no change. In the seven years since the surveys began, it’s the first time participants were evenly split. The only episode that created a similar debate was the OPEC meeting in late 2007, when crude was soaring to a record.

New York Times Could Lay Off as Many as Two Dozen if Buyout Offer Falls Short

That’s partly what prompted Chairman Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson to trim staff last month, seeking 100 newsroom buyouts of the 1,330 journalists it currently employs.

About 29 people have applied for the buyout with about 14 who have been accepted by management so far, according to two insiders. Applications, due Dec. 1, are still incoming, but based on an informal survey, the Times could fall short of its goal by as many as 25 to 30 positions, according to one person with knowledge of the matter. The Times could also be satisfied with less than 100 volunteers so long as the jobs being eliminated allow the Times to hit their financial goals.