February 17th, 2014
Narcissists, psychopaths, sadists or Machiavellian? When it comes to online trolls, you can take your pick: Researchers say habitual electronic provocateurs have several of these serious personality issues.
One of the biggest studies yet into such behavior has found that Internet “trolls” — those who post deliberately provocative messages to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument — may need some intense therapy.
Researchers said sadistic behavior was most commonly exhibited online, and that commenters’ negative traits got worse the longer the person spent online, Slate reported.
“Respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles,” the team at the University of Manitoba said in their report.
Erin Buckels and two colleagues conducted the research via two tests, and determined “overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures.”Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. The Daily Mail reported:
One asked survey participants what they “enjoyed doing most” when on online comment sites, offering five options: “debating issues that are important to you,” “chatting with others,” “making new friends,” “trolling others,” and “other.”
It found only 5.6 percent of survey respondents actually enjoyed trolling. “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,” the team wrote. “Sadists just want to have fun … and the Internet is their playground!”
Psychology Today explained Machiavelli was legendary for his duplicitous nature, and modern psychiatrists now use “Machiavellian” to describe people who are brilliantly and dangerously self-centered.
Based on this research, it’s safe to assume whether online or in person, these trolls could benefit from a few doses of humility, or a visit to the therapist.
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February 16th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
There have been dramatic increases in Antarctic sea ice extent, as reported by the National Sea Ice data Center, which indicated the following:
"Antarctic sea ice extent continues to track very high in January, reaching the second-highest monthly extent in the 36-year satellite monitoring record. "
As shown within the above graphic, sea ice extent can easily be seen to increase in most areas, while waning somewhat in others, which is a normal oscillation.
While we have heard numerous conflicting stories on Arctic sea ice and the apparent loss of volume, as increasingly stipulated by the global warming crowd, the actual facts contradict that which the warmers have been arguing.
In fact, when we look at data which is not readily apparent, that being Arctic sea ice thickness, a set of contraindicating facts comes to the forefront. The principle issue missing appears to be one of sea ice thickness as it relates to overall volume or extent.
In the following diagrams, we can see a considerable increase in thickness and overall area of Arctic sea ice, as compared to recent years:
If Arctic sea ice is on the wane, then why is it considerably thicker than in years past?
According to the NSIDC, the ice is:
While current Arctic temperatures have been temporarily higher than average in February, a thing which the warmers have been touting, the overall data sets suggest something quite the opposite from recent overall temperature changes.
"Antarctic sea ice remains significantly more extensive than average."
More from the NSIDC:
While satellite observations have shown a decline in Arctic Ocean sea ice extent since the late 1970s, sea ice is highly mobile, and a decrease in extent does not necessarily imply a corresponding decrease in ice volume. Observations of thickness (which allows calculation of volume) have been limited, making it difficult to estimate sea ice volume trends. The European Space Agency (ESA) CryoSat satellite was launched in October 2010 and has enabled estimates of sea ice thickness and volume for the last three years.
Preliminary measurements from CryoSat show that the volume of Arctic sea ice in autumn 2013 was about 50% higher than in the autumn of 2012. In October 2013, CryoSat measured approximately 9,000 cubic kilometers (approximately 2,200 cubic miles) of sea ice compared to 6,000 cubic kilometers (approximately 1,400 cubic miles) in October 2012.
About 90% of the increase in volume between the two years is due to the retention of thick, multiyear ice around Northern Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago. However, this apparent recovery in ice volume should be considered in a long-term context.
So, while the Cult of Climate Change will inevitably cherry-pick overall data, the real and true facts are in direct opposition to that which the warmers try to constantly characterize, concerning both poles being increasingly devoid of ice.
Nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth.
NSIDC scientists provide Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis, with partial support from NASA.
February 16th, 2014
The nexus of the global warming debate can easily be found within the Hegelian Dialectic:
A critical process in which the ruling elite create a problem, anticipate in advance the population's reaction to the problem, then condition its people that change is needed to avert a crisis. When the people are properly conditioned, the agenda item by the ruling elite is presented as a solution. However, the solution isn't intended (nor will it solve) the original problem, but rather serve as the basis for a brand new problem often exacerbating the original crisis, as artificed.
"In essence, a [ manufactured] crisis is a terrible thing to waste"--and there you have the emphasis for radical change as prefaced by the global warming cause [hoax].
John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has stressed the importance of tackling climate change in a speech in Indonesia, saying that it may be the world's "most fearsome" weapon of mass destruction.
Kerry, who delivered the speech on Sunday in the capital, Jakarta, spoke critically about climate change sceptics adding that everyone and every country must take responsibility and act immediately.
"We simply don't have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation," he said, referring to what he called "big companies" that "don't want to change and spend a lot of money" to act to reduce the risks.
He later singled out big oil and coal concerns as the primary offenders.
"The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand,'' Kerry said.
He added that 97 percent of scientists who weighed in on the issue agree that the phenomenon is real, and argued that the cost of inaction to environments and economies will far outweigh the expense of reducing greenhouse gasses.
The solution, Kerry said, was a new global energy policy that shifts reliance from fossil fuels to cleaner technologies.
He said that the US president, Barack Obama, was championing such a shift and encouraged others to appeal to their leaders to join.
He spoke in at the American Centre in Jakarta a day after winning an agreement with China to co-operate more closely in reducing the effects of climate change.
'Overwhelming scientific consensus'
Kerry arrived in Indonesia shortly after the US and China issued a joint statement on Saturday saying they had agreed on steps to carry out commitments to curb greenhouse gases that trap solar heat in the atmosphere.
The steps include reducing vehicle emissions, improving the energy efficiency of buildings and other measures, AP reported.
China and the US are the biggest sources carbon dioxide emissions and other gases that cause the atmosphere to trap solar heat and alter the climate.
Scientists warn such changes are already leading to drought, wildfires, rising sea levels, melting polar ice, animal extinctions and other extreme conditions.
The two governments will "contribute significantly to successful 2015 global efforts to meet this challenge," the statement said.
It cited the "overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change and its worsening impacts, and the related issue of air pollution from burning fossil fuels," and said the two countries recognise the urgent need for action.
Beijing and Washington launched the US-China Climate Change Working Group last year.
They promised progress in five areas - reducing vehicle emissions, advanced electric power grids, capturing and storing carbon emissions, gathering greenhouse gas data and building efficiency.
February 16th, 2014
While many cultists of Druidic and Wiccan origins might disagree, Satanism, Druidism and Paganism, including the Luciferians, can all be classed within the subset of Paganism, in modern day, which commonly refers back to the Gods of old or ancient times.
Look for instances such as these to rise, as referred to "as in the days of Noah"~BLS
NBC News' F. Brinley Bruton/ Reuters
A teen satanist in a Pennsylvania prison claims she has killed nearly two dozen people in different parts of the country, according to a report in a local newspaper.
"When I hit 22, I stopped counting," Miranda Barbour said in an jailhouse interview with local newspaper the Daily Item in Sudbury. She added in the interview that ran on Saturday that she just wanted to be honest.
She said she participated in killings in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California, the newspaper reported. Police said Saturday they were working with officials from other states and the FBI about her possible connection to the other murders.
Most of the killings took place in Alaska, she claimed in the interview.
In separate appearances at a state court in Sunbury in December, Miranda Barbour and her husband Elytte Barbour, 22, pleaded not guilty to killing Troy LaFerrara. The 42-year-old's body was found dumped in an alley in Sunbury, Pa.
According to officials, Elytte Barbour hid under a blanket in the back of the couple's car when his wife met up LaFerrara at a shopping mall near Harrisburg, about 50 miles south of Sunbury.
On her signal, Elytte Barbour strangled LaFerrara with a cord while his wife stabbed him about 20 times, police said.
"He said the wrong things and then things got out of control," she said. "I can tell you he was not supposed to be stabbed. My husband was just supposed to strangle him."
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February 15th, 2014
Let’s say your high school freshman son or daughter asks for your help with a particularly difficult biology homework assignment.
So you walk over, glance at the worksheet on DNA and blood type, and notice questions about a mother trying to determine the identity of her baby’s father.
Then question reads in part: “She had the state take a blood test of potential fathers. Based on the information in this table, why was the baby taken away by the state after the test?”
Possible answers? Cab driver, bartender, flight attendant, and guy at the club.
That was what Larry Basaj read on his daughter Audri’s homework page from Romeo High School — about 30 miles north of Detroit — and he said he flipped.
“What are they teaching?” he asked WDIV-TV in Detroit. “I couldn’t come up with the words. I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s teaching them that it’s OK to not know who it is because you can have the state help you. And if they can’t help you, they are going to take your child away, and it’s not the way it is. I was beyond fired up last night.”
According to WWJ-TV in Detroit, the incomplete assignment was sent back with a note: “We teach our children not to sleep around.”
After talking to their daughter about the questions, Audri was concerned. “Now that I see what it really means, I think it like depicts women in a really uncomfortable light,” she told WWJ.
“The goal is that the students are understanding blood types and DNA and possibilities based on the makeup of the two parents,” explained Romeo Schools Superintendent Nancy Campbell to WWJ.
“But, again, this painted a picture, I think, that was not appropriate,” she told WWJ. “My first thought when I saw it was that it certainly been worded better.”
Campbell told WDIV the question came from a website — teachingbioformatics.com — which the teacher has used for getting problems with components and concepts students can understand. Campbell said the question will be revised.
Campbell said the teacher, who got the worksheet from a teaching website, has apologized.
“Teachers use all kinds of different resources that are available to them,” Campbell told WWJ. “[This incident] brings in awareness for all of our staff to, you know, be more thoughtful and reflective about the items they use when they put them on a homework assignment.”
According to Campbell, only one parent complained, WWJ reported.