February 28th, 2017
If it seems like your internet browsing is hitting more walls than possible today, you’ll be happy to know that it’s not your computer. A massive Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage is striking down lots and lots of web pages, leading to huge hiccups on a number of domains. Amazon is reporting the issue on its AWS dashboard, citing “Increased Error Rates,” which is a fancy way of saying that something is seriously broken.
Amazon Web Services is the cloud services arm of Amazon, and its Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is used by everyone from Netflix to Reddit. When it goes down — or experiences any type of increased latency or errors — it causes major issues downstream, preventing content from loading on web pages and causing requests to fail.
“We’ve identified the issue as high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1,” Amazon explains on its services tracking page, adding that the issue “is also impacting applications and services dependent on S3. We are actively working on remediating the issue.”
These instances are always a great reminder of how much of the internet relies on just a handful of huge companies to keep it up and running. An issue with Amazon’s S3 service creates a problem for countless websites that rely on their storage product to be up and running every second of the day. Unfortunately, there’s always ghosts in the machine, and downtime is inevitable. Let’s all pray that Amazon gets everything sorted out in short order.
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February 27th, 2017
NASA told us in advance that there would be a huge announcement on Wednesday, and it certainly was not a disappointment. NASA’s declaration that 7 new Earth-sized planets had been discovered approximately 40 light years away from our sun made headlines all over the globe, and the Internet immediately started buzzing with lots of discussions about the possibility that these newly discovered worlds may have life on them.
This isn’t the kind of thing that I normally write about on The Economic Collapse Blog, but some of the things that were being said by the scientists involved in this discovery seemed quite odd. It is one thing to say that some new planets have been found, but it is another thing entirely to start speculating about life on those planets. With each new discovery that is made, why does it always seem like NASA is trying to promote the idea that alien life may exist somewhere out there? Could it be possible that they are trying to mentally prepare us for something?
After the announcement was made on Wednesday, I went to the official NASA website, and sure enough in the article that had just been posted about this new discovery, there was a discussion about the possibility of alien life.
If this discovery is confirmed, it is definitely quite remarkable.
But why engage in speculation about whether or not we are alone in the universe?
You can view a YouTube video from NASA about this new discovery right here. As you can see from the video, the scientists involved in this project are extremely excited…
Of course, we must acknowledge that nobody has actually seen any of these planets. Based on data that astronomers have been able to observe, they assume that those seven planets must be there.
To detect these other worlds, Gillon and his team used the so-called “transit” method, one of several techniques for hunting planets. Other techniques include measuring the wobble of a star caused by a planet’s gravitational pull, observing how light from a distant star bends around a planet or capturing a direct image of the planet.
The power of the transit method comes from its simplicity: Astronomers measure the level of light from a star, and look for any dips in brightness that could be the result of a planet passing between the star and Earth. By seeing how much and how often the level of light is reduced during each “transit” of the planet in front of the star, astronomers can then estimate its size and orbit.
So it is entirely possible that scientists may be misinterpreting the data.
Someday we may find out that there are more planets in the system, or we may discover that there aren’t any planets there at all.
But assuming that those planets are actually there, what has astronomers buzzing more than anything else is the possibility that they may contain “life”
And of course, NASA is not just looking at these planets in their obsessive search for alien life.
In fact, NASA is sending a probe to one of Jupiter’s moons named Europa specifically to search for alien life
So why is NASA so sure that alien life must be out there somewhere?
Do they know things that they aren’t disclosing to the rest of us?
As a society, we are constantly being conditioned to the idea that “alien life” must exist. This is one of the major themes in our movies, our television shows, and our video games.
And now the scientific community has fully embraced this idea.
Could it be possible that the stage is being set for “the great deception” that authors such as L.A. Marzulli are constantly warning us about?
February 13th, 2017
By Barry Secrest
It’s one of the major keystones of evangelical eschatology, the study of end of days prophecies.
“Transhumanism,” which encompasses the science of merging man with machine, has been a hot-button item in prophetical circles for at least the last decade. The ever-expanding commentary on numerous end of days prophecies, from both the Old and New Testaments, the Koran, and many other alternative sources, has fueled an explosion of websites, and even movies, across the planet.
The merger of man and machine has long been a popular science fiction subject, ranging from the $ 6 million dollar (bionic) man of the late seventies to the still-popular “Terminator” series, which has made billions at the box office, over a score of years.
But, now, as with almost all things being offered up, initially, as science fiction, transhumanism is quickly becoming an actual field of extensive scientific study, and in some cases, scientific fact.
The latest end times epiphany, at least in the prophetic domain, comes from controversial atheist billionaire and technogeek, Elon Musk, who asserts that in order to fend off irrelevance, mankind will, at some future point, need to merge with machines or suffer the extreme consequences
According to NBC news, Musk had this to say regarding the burgeoning transhumanist agenda:
“Billionaire Elon Musk is known for his futuristic ideas and his latest suggestion might just save us from being irrelevant as artificial intelligence (AI) grows more prominent.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said on Monday that humans need to merge with machines to become a sort of cyborg.
“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk told an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where he also launched Tesla in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Musk explained what he meant by saying that computers can communicate at “a trillion bits per second", while humans, whose main communication method is typing with their fingers via a mobile device, can do about 10 bits per second. In an age when AI threatens to become widespread, humans would be useless, so there’s a need to merge with machines, according to Musk.”
However, as alluded to a little earlier, according to one prophetical website, Sign Post of the Times, the transhumanist agenda will mark a turning point for mankind which will inevitably launch a series of inescapable & cataclysmic events, as referenced in numerous religious texts:
“One of the prophetic signs we look at with great interest and which convinces us that time is very short is the race towards recreating humankind with both genetic manipulation and machine/human integration.
This drive to recreate human beings to that of Humanity 2.0, (Transhumanism), is what many call the Days of Noah revived and of which God will call to and end before the Transhumanists achieve their goals.
But, according to Musk, if humanity doesn’t merge with its own technology, then the machines that mankind has created to serve itself, will become a more relevant sub-species than mankind, which points to a rather self-defeating premise, at least on the face of it.
However, this particular facet of new age techno-think seems to also bring up even more avenues of end times study which directly alludes to the premise of human populations being pruned, or even exterminated to the tune of billions, in order to save both the planet and its limited resources, say the eco-Marxists.
This line of thinking also Segways neatly into the New World Order’s climate change hoax, which asserts, at least hypothetically, that a scaling back of industry, worldwide, is now necessary in order to for both man and the planet, to ultimately survive.
Musk reasons out his transhumanist agenda, in this way, according, again, to NBC News:
“Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem,” Musk explained. The technologists’ proposal would see a new layer of a brain able to access information quickly and tap into artificial intelligence.
It’s not the first time Musk has spoken about the need for humans to evolve, but it’s a constant theme of his talks on how society can deal with the disruptive threat of AI. ‘Very quick’ disruption During his talk, Musk touched upon his fear of “deep AI” which goes beyond driverless cars to what he called “artificial general intelligence".
This he described as AI that is “smarter than the smartest human on earth” and called it a “dangerous situation".
“Transhumanism, he states, is “a strange liberation movement” whose “crusaders aim much higher than civil rights campaigners, feminists, or gay-rights advocates.” This movement, he says, wants “nothing less than to liberate the human race from its biological constraints.”
“The ultimate question raised by biotechnology is, What will happen to political rights once we are able to, in effect, breed some people with saddles on their backs, and others with boots and spurs?
What should we do in response to biotechnology that in the future will mix great potential benefits with threats that are either physical and obvious or spiritual and subtle? The answer is obvious: We should use the power of the state to regulate it.
Human nature shapes and constrains the possible kinds of political regimes, so a technology powerful enough to reshape what we are, will have possibly malign consequences for liberal democracy and the nature of politics itself.
While there were significant disputes over what human nature was, no one contested its importance as a basis for rights and justice. Among the believers in natural right were the American Founding Fathers, who based their revolution against the British crown on it. Nonetheless, the concept has been out of favor for the past century or two among academic philosophers and intellectuals.”
So, while Fukuyama, long ago, hit the nail on the head, it seems, the globalist technobureaucracy that’s exploding across the planet appears to be seeking a movement away from liberal democracy and more towards a form of totalitarian fascism, and transhumanism may be just the vehicle they need, to make it happen.
According to the late author Milton Cooper, a former government operative who wrote the quickly becoming prophetic book, “Behold A Pale Horse,” this new realignment or Order is powerfully real and may even now be coming into full fruition.
Cooper indicated before he died in a hail of law enforcement bullets, that “Their goal is to rule the world. The doctrine of this group is not democracy or communism but is a form of fascism.
So, what better way to introduce The New World Order, than by throwing the wrench of transhumanism, into the mix, thereby effectively handicapping natural rights, as we understand them, leading the world into a new matrix of reality.
“The Illuminati are not Communists, but some Communists are Illuminati. (1) Monarchism (thesis) faced democracy (antithesis) in WWI, which resulted in the formation of communism and the League of Nations (synthesis). (2) Democracy and communism (thesis) faced fascism (antithesis) in WWII and resulted in a more powerful United Nations (synthesis). (3) Capitalism (thesis) now faces communism (antithesis) and the result will be the New World Order, totalitarian socialism (synthesis).”
January 10th, 2017
“The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones.
The important step in the development of new autonomous weapon systems was made possible by improvements in artificial intelligence, holding open the possibility that groups of small robots could act together under human direction.” ~ Phys.Org
By Barry Secrest
“In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong.
A cloud of nanoparticles—micro-robots—has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey.”
That was the introduction to a book titled “Prey” published in 2002, from late author & uncannily talented techno-seer Michael Crichton, whose other, most famous work, centered on a lab which genetically reanimated the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park.
“JP” proved to be one of the world’s highest grossing and most popular films ever, However, the film wasn’t at all a trip into fantasy land in that Crichton’s page-turner of a novel proved prescient towards the extraordinary achievements, often creepy, into the genetic / microbotic technology advances of today.
In his novel “Prey,” Crichton described the technology of nanotech weaponry, which could literally consume its quarry essentially leaving nothing but the bones, and as modern advances go, Crichton apparently wasn’t far off.
According to “Scientific American,” these micro drones have advanced to the point where drone swarms are getting both smaller and deadlier by the day, and can already be armed with grenades. The micro drones can also stalk, swarm, and kill human prey while resembling “moths, hummingbirds, and other small flying creatures and hence can “hide in plain sight,” as one Air Force researcher told the author.”
Says author Crichton, “In the case of Prey, I was interested in knowing where three trends might be going—distributed programming, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.”
Crichton goes onto to describe his book this way: “As a concept, nanotechnology dates back to a 1959 speech by Richard Feynman called There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom. Forty years later, the field is still very much in its infancy. But practical applications are starting to appear. Nanotechniques are already being used to make sunscreens, stain-resistant fabrics, and composite materials in cars. Soon they will be used to make computers and storage devices of extremely small size.”
However, the nanotechnology to come holds great promise, states the article at Phys.Org:
“Military strategists have high hopes for such drone swarms that would be cheap to produce and able to overwhelm opponents’ defenses with their great numbers.
The test of the world’s largest micro-drone swarm in California in October included 103 Perdix micro-drones measuring around six inches (16 centimeters) launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, the Pentagon said in a statement.
“The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing,” it said.”
“Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature,” said William Roper, director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office. “Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team.”
Defense Secretary Ash Carter—a technophile and former Harvard professor—created the SCO when he was deputy defense secretary in 2012.”
“The department is tasked with accelerating the integration of technological innovations into the US weaponry.
Originally created by engineering students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 and continuously improved since Perdix drones draw “inspiration from the commercial smartphone industry,” the Pentagon said.”
Explore further at Phys.Org: No plans for killer US military robots… yet
Yet, putting a never-ending plague of intrigue to the creepiness of this new nanotech weaponry comes the other side of the argument, which, to some believers, hearkens back to the end-times passages found in the book of Revelation describing a plague of tiny stinging thingies that torment mankind, mercilessly.
“Revelation 9:1-5 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man.”
So, might there be some form of causation between biblical prophecy and the latest nanotech weaponry?
In the wake of 9/11 and with the ravages plaguing all of Christendom and the Mideast, at present, with no end in sight, a large number of inquiring minds are now far less apt to drop into the scorn-zone, even as the uncanny prophecies of the Bible are now taking on new life.
But, if this does indeed allude to something along the lines of the plague of strange locusts revealed in Revelation, they appear to be already here, at least, in the first iteration.
January 9th, 2017
By Barry Secrest
At present, 49 of 50 US States are either partially or totally covered under snow and ice, marking the final requiem for one of the grandest hoaxes ever perpetrated, on a worldwide scale.
The simple fact is that climate change, as an agenda, was already on the way out, along with Obama, the Democrats, and the now uncovered climate change funding ideology, which sought to fraudulently affect worldwide financial systems changes, and draconian controls, by virtue of changing climate cycles.
However, with the winter of 2016-2017, rather than going out with a whimper, it'll be going out with a bang, as Europe and North America are even now locked under some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded.
The Millenials, at present, are marveling over temperatures approaching quick lethality, all across both America and Europe, that many haven't seen for more than 40 years, if ever.
While the global climate cultists will continue their efforts in earnest, what they've predicted and what has actually happened, with the world's temperatures, will simply be too much for them to overcome.
They will argue that we're seeing record low temperatures due to climate change, however, no one has forgotten that climate change is merely a revisioned way of saying global warming, and the globalists will not be able to escape this simple fact.
Latest weather news:
By Chris Dolce
Snow and ice covered the ground in 49 of 50 states this weekend in the wake of Winter Storm Helena.
An analysis of snow cover across the Lower 48 showed that only Florida had no snow or ice on the ground Saturday into early Sunday morning, according to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC).
It should be noted that in this depiction of snow cover, sleet accumulations may be shown as well. This is the case for parts of the South after Winter Storm Helena.(Read More)
Meanwhile in Europe...
On Saturday, heavy precipitation paralyzed Istanbul, Turkey. Around 6,000 passengers found themselves stranded as hundreds of flights to and from the city's main Ataturk Airport were canceled due to the snowstorm.
The Bosphorus Strait was closed to ships due to poor visibility, cutting off the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea from the Mediterranean. (Read More)
Icy temperatures across Europe have left more than 20 people dead and blanketed even the Greek islands and southern Italy in snow.
Italy saw ferries and flights canceled and schools in the south are expected to close on Monday.
Turkey has also been badly affected. The Bosphorus was closed to shipping as a heavy snowstorm hit Istanbul.
At least 10 people died of cold in Poland. Night temperatures in Russia plunged to minus 30C.
Normally milder Greece has witnessed temperatures of minus 15C in the north where an Afghan migrant died of cold last week and roads were closed. In Athens, the temperature failed to rise above 0C and several of the islands were covered in snow.
Some of the Greek islands are home to thousands of migrants and many are being moved to temporary housing and heated tents. Homeless hostels in Italy are opening their doors day and night as the weather was blamed for the deaths of seven people, five of them living out in the open.
Airports in Sicily, Bari and Brindisi closed on Saturday. Rome, too, saw freezing temperatures.
Russia has experienced its coldest Orthodox Christmas in 120 years. Prague has had the coldest night so far this winter, Czech officials say, with three deaths reported, two of them homeless people.
Reports from Bulgaria say two Iraqi migrants were found dead in a forest in the southeast of the country.
The cold weather was expected to continue in much of Europe over the weekend.