Ron Paul: “How To End The Korea Crisis”


Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

The descent of US/North Korea “crisis” to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history.

President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator “rocket man on a suicide mission.”

Why? To goad him into launching some sort of action to provoke an American response? Maybe the US president is not even going to wait for that.

We remember from the Tonkin Gulf false flag that the provocation doesn’t even need to be real.

We are in extremely dangerous territory and Congress for the most part either remains asleep or is cheering on the sabre-rattling.

Now we have North Korean threats to detonate hydrogen bombs over the Pacific Ocean and US threats to “totally destroy” the country.

We are told that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a “madman.” That’s just what they said about Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, and everyone else the neocons target for US military action. We don’t need to be fans of North Korea to be skeptical of the war propaganda delivered by the mainstream media to the benefit of the neocons and the military industrial complex.

Where are the cooler heads in Washington to tone down this war footing?

Making matters worse, there is very little understanding of the history of the conflict. The US spends more on its military than the next ten or so countries combined, with thousands of nuclear weapons that can destroy the world many times over. Nearly 70 years ago a US-led attack on Korea led to mass destruction and the death of nearly 30 percent of the North Korean population. That war has not yet ended.

Why hasn’t a peace treaty been signed? Newly-elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in has proposed direct negotiations with North Korea leading to a peace treaty. The US does not favor such a bilateral process. In fact, the US laughed off a perfectly sensible offer made by the Russians and Chinese, with the agreement of the North Koreans, for a “double freeze” – the North Koreans would suspend missile launches if the US and South Korea suspend military exercises aimed at the overthrow of the North Korean government.

So where are there cooler heads? Encouragingly, they are to be found in South Korea, which would surely suffer massively should a war break out. While US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was bragging that the new UN sanctions against North Korea would result in a near-complete blockade of the country (an act of war), the South Korean government did something last week that shocked the world: it announced an eight million dollar humanitarian aid package for pregnant mothers and infant children in North Korea. The US and its allies are furious over the move, but how could anyone claim the mantle of “humanitarianism” while imposing sanctions that aim at starving civilians until they attempt an overthrow of their government?

Here’s how to solve the seven-decade old crisis:

pull all US troops out of North Korea;


end all military exercises on the North Korean border;


encourage direct talks between the North and South and offer to host or observe them with an international delegation including the Russians and Chinese, which are after all Korea’s neighbors.

The schoolyard insults back and forth between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are not funny. They are in fact an insult to all of the rest of us!

from Zero Hedge

Cassini’s life passes before its eyes in NY art exhibition


Cassini became a cultural touchstone not just because it was a useful and productive space probe, but because it completed a classic hero’s journey. So it’s fitting that an art exhibition presented by the WOW visual design studio at HGPRP Gallery in New York City celebrates the life of the probe not in technical, but abstract terms. "It’s been said, just before a person dies their life’s biggest moments flash before their eye," WOW writes. "Fleeting moments and flashbacks allow viewers to celebrate 20 years of Cassini’s achievements in a very personal, non-linear, stylized exhibition."

Created by artist Gabriel Pulecio and produced by WOW and Covalent Artists, the exhibition features a series of abstract images meant to evoke Cassini’s narrative. All of that is enhanced by Pulecio’s trippy signature "infinity mirrors" and a music-scape by composer Jeff Dodson that includes the sounds violent lightning storms on Saturn recorded by Cassini.

Recalling Cassini’s life, it’s easy to understand why we see it almost as person rather than a device. It departed Earth in a dramatic night launch aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur rocket on October 15th, 1997, and circled the Sun twice to pickup speed, visiting Venus and Earth again on the way. It received a final gravitational boost from Jupiter before arriving at Saturn on July 1st, 2004.

Over the next five years, Cassini dropped the probe Huygens on the surface of Titan, discovered an atmosphere and ice plumes on the moon Enceladus, made close passes to Titan numerous times and captured the best images, by far, of Saturn and its rings. After its mission "ended" in 2009, Cassini got funding for its third act, the "Solstice" mission, and completed an additional 155 orbits.

WOW captured many of those highlights, like the flyby of Venus, the plumes of Enceladus and encounters with its moons. Some of the pieces, like the infinite hectagonal tiles that follow the user, appear to be based on Pulecio’s previous Tiles of Virtual Space exhibition. Highlights are shown in the videos above and another here.

Cassini was programmed to crash into Titan at over 77,000 mph in a "Grand Finale," so as not to corrupt the moons with any microscopic life that may have hitched aboard from Earth. Part of the exhibition, particularly the image at top, captures the chaos of its destruction after so much steady service. Even that wasn’t quite the end, though. Part of Cassini — its final radio signals — arrived on Earth some 83 minutes after its death. "Who knows how many PhD theses are in that data," said JPL Cassini Director Mike Watkins.

Beyond Cassini is still playing at the HPGRP Gallery, but just until Wednesday, September 27th. So if you’re going to catch it, now’s the time.

Via: Spoon & Tamago

Source: WOW

from Engadget

5 Strategies That Will Really Grow Your Instagram Audience by @getcombin


This post was sponsored by Combin via Syndicate Ads.

Instagram has earned its place in the forefront of social media marketing with its eye-popping user growth statistics and fun, user-friendly posting and interaction options. These are among the reasons why many brands and public personalities rely heavily (and some even exclusively) on Instagram to promote their products and services.

How exactly do brands expand their Instagram following?

Basically, they analyze their audience, determine their target, and aim all actions to draw the attention of Instagram users falling into the category.

This may sound easy, but once you get your hands on it, it becomes obvious how confusing and time-consuming user search and attraction really is.

Many brands resort to using specialized applications for help – Combin is a great example.

Combin is an Instagram growth tool that provides smart search ability – automating following, unfollowing, liking and commenting actions – as well as scheduling them according to Instagram’s daily action limits.

Follow these five strategies if you really want to grow your Instagram audience with the help of Combin.

1. Search Your Target Audience by Hashtags

  • Compile Instagram hashtags relevant to what you do and represent.
  • Launch Combin, click Add New Search, pick Posts Search, and type in the hashtags.
  • Specify preferable search results number and the date of posting, then click Find.
  • Sort the received search results by date or number of likes and comments to interact with the newest and hottest posts first.
  • Filter out already liked and commented posts, as well as posts published by accounts from your Instagram following and followers.
  • Pick posts you want to like or comment by clicking on them. Pick all the posts by clicking Select all, then choose an action – either follow the author, like, or comment on the post itself.

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2. Search Your Target Audience by Locations and Events

If you know of any place or event that was attended by people potentially interested in your product or content, it doubles your chances of finding lots of new possible followers and clients.

  • Create new posts search and type in location name into the Place field.
  • Specify the date of publishing.
  • Filter and sort the results to your convenience.
  • Perform liking, commenting, and following actions to draw attention to your Instagram account.

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3. Search Your Target Audience Among Followers and Commenters of Other Accounts

  • Click Add New Search and pick User search. Here you can specify searching by either the followers of particular Instagram accounts or by its commenters.
  • Type in the Instagram username of accounts similar to yours or the username of your competitors into the Account field.
  • Specify the number of results and the last time the followers/commenters were active on Instagram.
  • Accounts from the received search results are your potential followers. Follow them, like, and comment on their posts to make them a part of your community.

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4. Draw Attention to Your Profile by Interacting with Found Instagram Posts and Accounts

Searching is an integral part, but communicating with people you’ve found is just as important in growing your Instagram audience.

Combin allows interacting with search results through the following ways:

  • Leaving single and mass likes to posts: Pick one or several particular accounts or posts Combin has found by clicking on them, then click the like button at the top of the application window. Mass like posts by clicking Select All and then Like button.Leaving single and mass likes to Instagram posts via Combin
  • Leaving single comments to posts: Pick one or several found accounts/posts, click the Comment icon at the top of the application window. Type in the comment you’d like to leave for the selected accounts/posts and confirm the action.
  • Leaving mass comments by selecting all results, hitting the Comment button, and typing in the text of the comment: It’s recommended to not leave too many repeated comments as it could look spammy and won’t be as effective in audience growth. Create a number of comment templates by pushing plus button when adding a comment. Combin will randomly leave the comments to the chosen posts that would look a lot more realistic.Leaving mass comments to Instagram posts via Combin
  • Following the authors of found posts or found accounts themselves: Do this by picking one, several, or all search results and clicking the Follow button.

5. Find Influencers and Promote Your Account with Their Help

Influencers work hard on their reputation. Their involvement in the marketing of your Instagram account will step up the game a few noticeable notches.

Find influencers using the Combin Search tab the following ways:

  • Pick User search, and type in your competitor’s username. Sort the received search results by the number of followers.
  • Pick Posts search, type in account hashtags/locations relevant to you. Sort the results by the number of likes/comments, then look up the posts uploaders’ profiles.

Sort the results in both cases by the number of followers, likes, or comments. Instagram accounts appearing at the very top after sorting are your potential influencers – check their profiles and contact for a possible partnership on advertising your Instagram account.

Image Credits

Featured Image: Image by Combin. Used with permission.
In-post Images: Images by Combin. Used with permission.

from Search Engine Journal

Scientists Resolve Mysterious Violation to Einstein’s Relativity

Image: Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr

Even if you don’t know much physics, you probably know one of its core tenets: an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion. In fact, in a vacuum where there’s literally nothing to slow things down, things don’t prefer being at rest or in motion. This plays out in real life all the time—when you’re sitting in the bathroom on a plane, for instance, you can’t feel that you’re moving 500 miles an hour. You only feel the changes in your velocity via the bumps.

But researchers at the University of Glasgow thought of a paradox that would call this basic principle into question. They found instances where moving (but not stationary) atoms spitting out packets of light energy would bring into existence a tiny force that acted like friction, and published research on it earlier this year. A force that exists when an object is moving, but not when it is stationary, violates the core principles of Einstein’s (and Galileo’s) laws of relativity—there isn’t anything special about the laws of physics when something is moving at constant velocity versus when it’s at rest. So, had they accidentally spotted a tiny hole in the most well-accepted theories of physics?


“Either we missed something subtle or there was something wrong with the techniques the entire community was using to analyze light-matter interactions,” Stephen Barnett, a theoretical physicist at the University of Glasgow told Gizmodo. It turns out that their paradox came from leaving out tiny effects of mass and energy in the atom. And, they say, using only the classical, pre-Einstein laws of physics, they simultaneously killed that frictional force and came up with a new way to derive Einstein’s laws.

The paradox that arose in Barnett’s earlier paper comes from combining two crucial points. First of all, atoms (moving or not) that have gotten excited by a jolt of energy in the past can spontaneously release packets of light energy called photons. Secondly, photons act as particles and waves simultaneously, and anything that acts like a wave experiences the Doppler effect. You’ve experienced a kind of Doppler effect when a train blasting its whistle whizzes by—the sound waves are squished as the train move towards you and stretched as the train moves past, making the pitch change. With light, this same effect changes its wavelength, or color, making it look bluer and redder, and therefore changes its momentum.

Combining these facts, the researchers realized that if a moving atom spat out a forward-moving photon, an observer would see the atom losing more momentum than if it spat out a backward-moving photon, thanks to the Doppler effect. The momentum changes on the stationary atom—where there’s no Doppler effect—average out to zero, as it recoils to make up for the lost photon. Those changes do not average out to zero when the atom is moving. That creates a leftover force. “In short, we have a friction force associated with the spontaneous emission event,” the researchers wrote. “Yet the existence of a force in one frame that does not exist in another seems to be at odds with both the Galilean and Einsteinian principles of relativity.”


They thought they found a force that only exists when the atom is moving, and that’s bad.

Doing some math and digging into the most basic of modern physics, Newton’s laws, the researchers found the solution to this violation. The light packets and atom both contain momentum, which is mathematically equal to mass times velocity. In high school physics, you always just keep the mass constant and only let the velocity change when calculating a change in momentum. But the researchers thought, well, what if they redo all of the physics of this situation, but allow the mass of the atom to change, too?

This, it turns out, resolves the paradox—the moving atom loses a tiny amount of mass through the emission of energy, eliminating the requirement for a velocity-dependent frictional force. Essentially, they came across Einstein’s most famous equation, E=mc^2, demonstrating that energy and mass are proportional using the basic laws of physics.


“We have employed an entirely non-relativistic analysis to arrive at a paradox the only resolution of which seems to imply the necessity of a central feature of special relativity,” according to the paper published last week in the Journal of Modern Optics. Basically, without using Einstein’s theory of special relativity, the researchers solved their paradox and simultaneously found that a core idea of relativity, that energy and mass are equivalent, pops out regardless.

Physicist John Baez from the University of California, Riverside emphasized one of the lines from the paper: “We may ponder the point at which relativity sneaked into our analysis or simply marvel at the way in which in physics seems to take care of itself.” Another outside researcher I sent the paper to, Martin Bojowald at Penn State, felt the paper was an interesting teaching moment and “provides a new and perhaps elegant derivation of E=mc^2,” according to an email. He did take some issue with the author’s claim that they employed an entirely non-relativistic analysis, since he thought the speed of light remained constant in the analysis (and this is a core principle of special relativity). Barnett disagreed with Bojowald, and said the effect would have appeared regardless.

Ultimately, the central point of the paper is that physics is weird and words like “classical,” “quantum,” and “relativistic” are things humans made up to categorize a universe that can really behave however it would like. It concludes that “[Physics] has no regard for our attempts to classify parts of it as classical or quantum, or as relativistic or non-relativistic.”

[Journal of Modern Optics]

from Gizmodo