Daily Archives: September 14, 2010

Social Engineering Bill In Senate Will Force People Into Crowded Cities

Personal Liberty Digest | Sep 10, 2010

 by Bob Livingston

A social engineering bill to restrict residence in the suburbs and rural areas and force Americans into city centers has passed the United States Senate Banking Committee and is on the fast track to passage in the Senate.

The bill is called the Livable Communities Act (SB 1619) and it was introduced by corruptocrat outgoing Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.). It seeks to fulfill the United Nation’s plan Agenda 21, adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and signed onto by “New World Order” President George H.W. Bush.

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This bill is designed to destroy your community. According to the non-profit American Policy Center the bill:

  • Is a blueprint for the transformation of our society into total Federal control.
  • Will enforce Federal Sustainable Development zoning and control of local communities.
  • Will create a massive new “development” bureaucracy.
  • Will drive up the cost of energy to heat and cool your home.
  • Will drive up the cost of gasoline as a way to get you out of your car.
  • Will force you to spend thousands of dollars on your home in order to comply.

A carrot and stick policy will be used to get your local government to sign on. The carrot is billions of dollars in grants available if your local government agrees to amend zoning laws that restrict housing in outlying areas, forcing people to give up their homes and land and move into the city center.

The stick will be denial of the funds and bad publicity generated by “Green” organizations criticizing government officials for turning down free money.

The rub is the grants will come with strings attached that force local governments to bend to the will of the Feds.

The idea of these social engineering initiatives is to force people to live in a congested area in high rise buildings with housing on the upper floors and stores on the bottom. The whole area will be linked by mass transit creating the “utopian” communities loved by socialists.

The result will be higher costs for housing (because overcrowding will make housing space a premium) and goods and services (because of less choice and competition) and less freedom to move about (because cars won’t be necessary and parking space will be prohibitively expensive).

As we pointed out here President Barack Obama is — not surprisingly — an advocate of this type of nonsense. And his cabinet is populated by elitists who think they know better than you how you should live.

It is imperative that you call your two Senators immediately and tell them to oppose Dodd’s SB1619.

Court allows warrantless cell location tracking

cnet.com | Sep 7, 2010

by Declan McCullagh

The FBI and other police agencies don’t need a search warrant to track the locations of Americans’ cell phones, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday in a precedent-setting decision.

In the first decision of its kind, a Philadelphia appeals court agreed with the Obama administration that no search warrant–signed by a judge based on a belief that there was probable cause to suspect criminal activity–was necessary for police to obtain logs showing where a cell phone user had traveled.

A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit said (PDF) tracking cell phones “does not require the traditional probable-cause determination” enshrined in the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits government agencies from conducting “unreasonable” searches. The court’s decision, however, was focused on which federal privacy statutes apply.

But the panel sided with civil-liberties groups on an important point: it agreed that, in at least some cases, judges may require investigators to obtain a search warrant. That is, however, “an option to be used sparingly,” the court said.

Some questions are likely to be resolved in future proceedings, once the case returns to a lower court. “It is still an open question as to whether the Fourth Amendment applies to cell phone records,” Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Kevin Bankston said after the ruling. “This decision does not definitively answer the question of the Fourth Amendment status of cell phone [location records].”

In this case, U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Lenihan denied the Justice Department’s attempt to obtain stored location data without a search warrant, saying federal privacy law prohibited it. Lenihan’s ruling, in effect, would require police to obtain a search warrant based on probable cause–a more privacy-protective standard.

The Obama administration had argued that warrantless tracking is permissible because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.

Lenihan had required the Justice Department to demonstrate “probable cause,” a standard used in search warrants. But the three-judge panel rejected that idea, saying Lenihan “erred” and the relevant requirement is a “lesser one than probable cause” that is less privacy-protective.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF, had told Lenihan that it needed historical (meaning stored, not future) phone location information because a set of suspects “use their wireless telephones to arrange meetings and transactions in furtherance of their drug-trafficking activities.” The name of the mobile-service provider is not public.

The ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Center for Democracy and Technology had argued (PDF) that because cell phone information “is protected by the Fourth Amendment,” a search warrant was necessary. The court did not squarely address that question in Tuesday’s ruling.

EFF’s Bankston said it was encouraging to see a ruling that allowed judges to demand search warrants at least in some cases. “The court explicitly refused to set a boundary for the court’s discretion,” he said. “It clarifies that judges have the discretion that the government has long argued they don’t have.”

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to questions from CNET about whether it would appeal that portion of the ruling to the Supreme Court or seek a review from the Third Circuit.

Not long ago, the concept of tracking cell phones would have been the stuff of spy movies. In 1998’s “Enemy of the State,” Gene Hackman warned that the National Security Agency has “been in bed with the entire telecommunications industry since the ’40s–they’ve infected everything.” After a decade of appearances in “24” and “Live Free or Die Hard,” location tracking has become such a trope that it was satirized in a scene with Seth Rogen from “Pineapple Express” (2008).

Cell phone tracking comes in two forms: police obtaining retrospective historical data kept by mobile providers for their own billing purposes that is typically not very detailed, or prospective tracking–which CNET was the first to report in a 2005 article–that reveals the minute-by-minute location of a handset or mobile device.

The Obama administration argues that no search warrant is necessary; it says what’s needed is only a 2703(d) order, which requires law enforcement to show that the records are “relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation.”

Couple fined £114 for getting off the train early

thesun.co.uk | Sep 6, 2010

By JAMIE PYATT

A COUPLE told yesterday how they were fined £114 by a ticket collector – for getting off a train EARLY.

Emma Clark and her fiance Davyd Winter-Bates had bought discounted single tickets for £6 each on a website.

They were heading back to Southampton after a theatre trip and hotel stay in London as a 25th birthday treat for Davyd.

But the pair decided to visit friends for lunch and hopped off two stops early at Eastleigh, Hampshire.

However, when they handed over their tickets they were told they had breached railway rules and should have stayed on the train until their destination.

They were then fined TWICE the standard fare of £28.50 each – a whopping £57 each.

Art student Emma, 22, didn’t have the £114 and musician Davyd had to pay on his credit card.

Angry Emma, of Bishopstoke, said: “It is utter madness. I could understand being fined if I had stayed on the train two stops beyond my destination.” Davyd added: “It’s lousy.”

A spokesman for Stagecoach, which runs South West Trains, said: “Leaving a train early is not allowed on heavily discounted tickets. The fine is double the standard single fare.”

Berlusconi jokes about Hitler at youth rally

Silvio Berlusconi urged to apologise after impromptu speech in which he also advises young Italians to marry into money

guardian.co.uk | Sep 13, 2010

Tom Kington in Rome

Faced with a tottering economy and a crumbling coalition government, Silvio Berlusconi has chosen to woo a youth rally with jokes about Adolf Hitler and his own sexual prowess.

Appearing relaxed, if a little pale, before a crowd of cheering supporters yesterday, the frequently outspoken and gaffe-prone Italian prime minister promised to see out the end of his term, despite losing his guaranteed majority after a split with an ally, Gianfranco Fini.

Putting politics aside, he then launched into a series of anecdotes and apparent jokes that promptly drew accusations of anti-Semitism and even mental instability from opposition politicians.

The former cruise ship entertainer told a joke in which Adolf Hitler is begged by his supporters to return to power after they discover he is still alive. After resisting, Hitler says: “I’ll come back, but on one condition … next time I’m going to be evil.”

Fabio Evangelisti, a member of parliament for the opposition Italy of Values party, demanded Berlusconi apologise to Israel and the Italian Jewish community. The party’s leader, Antonio Di Pietro, said: “At this point the problem is not political or judicial, but psychiatric.”

Turning his attention to the economy, Berlusconi jokingly advised young Italians to marry into money, adding: “I have a daughter who is free to marry.”

Now separated from his wife following the scandal over his friendship with the teenage model Noemi Letizia, Berlusconi said he was also an eligible candidate for four reasons: “I am friendly, I have money, legend has it I know how to do ‘it’, and lastly because girls think: ‘He’s old and rich, he will die soon and I will inherit everything.'”

The poor performance over the weekend of AC Milan, the football club he controls, was down to a leftwing referee disallowing goals, Berlusconi joked.

The impromptu speech followed a visit to Russia on Friday, where he surprised the audience at a conference on democracy with a fierce attack on Italian magistrates he claims are hounding him. He said of Vladimir Putin: “I have never had any doubts that he is anything less than democratically minded.” Putin and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, Berlusconi added, were “a gift from God” to Russia.

Last month, Berlusconi took time to defend Muammar Gaddafi after the Libyan leader told an invited audience of 200 women in Rome that Islam should be “Europe’s religion”. When the speech prompted outcry from the Vatican, Berlusconi dismissed Gaddafi’s behaviour as merely “folkloric”.

Berlusconi, 73, has previously been criticised for calling Barack Obama “young, handsome and tanned”, and last year for leaving Angela Merkel waiting to greet him at a conference while he made a call on his mobile phone.

Despite the criticism today, Berlusconi claimed he was “a respected statesman who is praised at international summits for his background as a tycoon, his 16 years of political experience and the content of his proposals.”

He said he had learned from Margaret Thatcher not to waste time reading negative coverage of himself in newspapers. The former British prime minister, he said, had told him that her press secretary only showed her positive articles about her.

Reign of error: Berlusconi’s gaffes in office

• April 2009: Shortly after an earthquake hit the city of L’Aquila, Berlusconi told the 17,000 Italians made homeless by the quake that, “they should see it like a weekend of camping”

• January 2009: Dismissed the idea that increasing the number of troops on Italian streets would help stop a surge in rape cases arguing that, “we would need as many soldiers as there are beautiful girls in Italy – which we will never manage”

• November 2008: At a news conference in Moscow with the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, Berlusconi described Barack Obama as “young, handsome, and tanned”

• April 2008: Berlusconi caused outrage after saying “Zapatero [Spain’s prime minister] has formed a government that is too pink, something that we cannot do in Italy because there is a prevalence of men in politics and it isn’t easy to find women who are qualified … He will have problems leading them”

• April 2006: On welcoming the then newly elected female MP Mara Carfagna to parliament he joked: “I am obliged to remind you of a rule in the Forza Italia group, the jus primae noctis” (a Latin reference to the medieval “law of the first night” which gave the lord of an estate the right to “deflower” new brides)

• June 2005: He claimed he had “brushed up” all his “playboy skills” to persuade Finland’s president, Tarja Halonen, to agree to host the European Food Safety Authority in Italy

• July 2003: Berlusconi caused uproar at the European parliament after replying to a heckling German MEP with the comment, “Mr Schulz, I know there is in Italy a man producing a film on the Nazi concentration camps. I would like to suggest you for the role of leader. You’d be perfect”

Berlusconi advises the unemployed to marry rich

In May, he shocked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by praising the “great and powerful” Mussolini and quoted from his diaries.

euronews.net | Sep 13, 2010

No stranger to controversy, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sharing his unique sense of humour again.

Whilst addressing a group of centre-right ‘Young Italy’ members on Sunday, he was asked a question about youth unemployment. He repeated advice first offered during the last election campaign.

“A pretty girl asked me what she should do”, he told the group in Rome. “I saw she was very good looking and told her my suggestion was to look for a rich partner.”

The Italian Prime Minister went on to say that the advice is just as valuable for men.

It is the latest in a series of memorable gaffes by Berlusconi who has frequently attracted criticism from what he calls the “Left Press” in Italy.

In May, he shocked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by praising the “great and powerful” Mussolini and quoted from his diaries.

Earlier this year, he stunned delegates at a meeting of the Arab League by kissing the hand of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Rockefeller Tells W.Va. Not to Deny Global Warming

The senator is a supporter of the evidence pointing to global warming, feeling some need to be open to the science.

wvnstv.com | Sep 8, 2010

By Walt Williams

CHARLESTON — U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu joined Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Wednesday to tout technology that promises to bury greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants underground, but not before the senator criticized some people in his home state for denying global warming.

Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is the term given to a variety of technologies used to remove carbon dioxide from power plant emissions and bury the gas deep within the earth. Development of the technology may be the only way to continue using coal in the future without contributing to global warming. But global warming is a phenomenon that many leaders in West Virginia’s coal industry and its political establishment deny exists – or at least they deny that burning of fossil fuels contributes to climate change.

In a forum about CCS at the University of Charleston, Rockefeller said such thinking will put the state behind the rest of the world in embracing new energy technology, and could lead to coal losing out to natural gas as the major energy supplier of the future.

“People think they are protecting coal by pretending climate change doesn’t exist or that (by saying) carbon capture and storage is not needed,” he said. “But burying one’s head in the sand is not a solution.”

Representatives in from the coal industry and the United Mine Workers of America were among those in the crowd, which filled up many, but far from all, of the 700 seats in the college’s theater. Chu and Rockefeller were the only presenters, which Chu giving a Powerpoint presentation outlining the current administration’s plan for implementing CCS technology. President Barack Obama has pushed for legislation that would cap the amount of CO2 emissions from power plants, but after successfully passing the House of Representatives, it stalled in the Senate amid opposition from Republicans and Democrats alike.

Rockefeller was one of the opponents, believing the legislation would hurt the state’s economy. Instead, he is cosponsoring a bill with Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, to pump millions of dollars into CCS research and development. But despite his opposition to the cap-and-trade bill, he is a staunch supporter of the science pointing to the reality of global warming.

While there are a handful of skeptics, the vast majority of scientists studying the issue agree that human-made greenhouse gas emissions are behind the recent warming trend, as reflected in reports by scientific organizations such as the National Academy of Science and the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Much of the scientific debate is about the extent of warming the world will see in coming years, not whether humans are behind it. Rockefeller said it is a natural instinct for people to ignore a problem hoping it would go away, but it won’t in this case.

“I’m not on the same bandwagon as some of you are, but I am really concerned that these voices are so loud, dominant (and) shaping public opinion,” he said.

The question is not should we try to address climate change, he said. The question is what tools should we develop to tackle it.

Still, the tool Rockefeller wants to use is still a long ways from having a practical application. CCS currently is cost-prohibitive for power companies to use on a scale large enough to make a dent in global warming, and scientists are still studying whether the buried CO2 will stay underground or leak back into the atmosphere.

Chu noted similar arguments were made against regulations curtailing acid rain from power plant emissions in the 1980s and 1990s. Those regulations only ended costing the industry one-third of what it projected, and the cost of cleaning emissions was 10 times less than expected.

The Obama administration set aside $3.4 billion for CCS research and development in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress last year. Other countries, such as China, are developing this technology, but the U.S. could be a leader, Chu said.

“The U.S. is very serious about this,” he said. “We see this is an opportunity to develop technologies that we can export.”

Consumers could end up paying more for electricity to support CCS, but Chu said that could be offset by providing them mechanism to conserve energy. Also, Congress has so far proven unwilling to pass new regulations on the industry that might get it to embrace the high cost of the technology. Those chances look like they might shrink after the November elections, when Republicans are expected to gain seats in both chambers of Congress.

What both Chu and Rockefeller said what the industry needs is regulatory certainty so the banks and other players know they are making smart investments.

“Meanwhile, other countries are moving ahead, and that is kind of scary,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., also was in attendance, but did not speak.

Gov. Joe Manchin was in Colorado Springs, Colo., giving a presentation about West Virginia’s experience with CCS.

U.S. poverty rate jumps record amount – 1 in 7 Americans considered poor in 2009: report


A projected 45 million people, about 15 percent of the U.S. population, were poor last year. Above, a pedestrian walks by graffiti in downtown Detroit. Platt/Getty

DAILY NEWS | Sep 12, 2010

BY James Fanelli

The U.S. poverty rate has skyrocketed by a record amount under the Obama administration, with one out of seven Americans considered poor last year, according to a report Saturday.

The disturbing trend is an estimate of 2009 census data set for release on Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

Underscoring the depth of the recession, a projected 45 million people – or about 15% of the population – were poor last year. In 2008, 13.2% of the country lived in poverty.

The estimated 1.8 percentage-point increase in 2009 is the largest year-to-year uptick since the U.S. started calculating poverty figures in 1959. The previous high came during the 1980 national energy crisis, when the rate soared 1.3 percentage points to 13%.

In 2008, the federal government set the poverty level at $22,025 a year for a family of four.

The Associated Press based its projections on interviews with six census-tracking demographers.

The estimates follow Friday’s White House news conference in which President Obama said a robust economy will eradicate poverty.

“The most important anti-poverty effort is growing the economy and making sure there are enough jobs out there,” Obama said. “If we can grow the economy faster and create more jobs, then everybody is swept up into that virtuous cycle.”

According to the demographers’ projections, the working-age population took a hit in 2009. About 12.4% of Americans aged 18 to 64 were poor – up from 11.7% in 2008.

The 0.7 percentage-point jump is the largest since 1965.

2011 Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts cold, snowy winter

It’s not a pig’s spleen or squirrel nuts, but it seems to work just as well. The secret Old Farmer’s Almanac formula has once again predicted the upcoming winter: A cold and snowy one.

agweek.com | Sep 12 2010

By Wendy Reuer , The Forum

FARGO — It’s not a pig’s spleen or squirrel nuts, but it seems to work just as well.

The secret Old Farmer’s Almanac formula has once again predicted the upcoming winter: A cold and snowy one.

“That’s winter up there. The winter will be about 2 to 3 degrees lower than normal. January will be the coldest month,” said Mare-Anne Jarvela, a senior research editor at Farmer’s Almanac. “Snowfall will be near normal. So, you’re probably not going to get a huge amount.”

The book has been a storm of weather predictions, planting seasons and humorous anecdotes for 219 years.

But authors aren’t just spitting in the wind when trying to predict the weather. They use a mix of scientific research, modern technology, ocean current and sunspot technology. A drizzle of the top secret, original, weather formula is also used.

“It’s an old formula that our first editor, Robert B. Thomas, used when he predicted the weather and he did that for New England,” Jarvela said. “He figured in the moon phases. We’re actually not doing that. But we are using part of that formula.”

The secret, 1792 original formula in Thomas’ handwriting is still kept tucked away in a locked box at an East Coast Almanac office.

“It is a little secret, and we like to keep it that way,” Jarvela said. The predictions are generally 80 to 85 percent accurate, Jarvela said.

Fargo resident Marvin Fejeldseth has read the Almanac but doesn’t put too much stock in the weather predictions.

For Fejeldseth, he lets nature indicate what kind of winter is ahead, watching cues like the height of muskrat huts (the taller, the colder the winter) or how many nuts the squirrels are stocking up on; more nuts equals a harsher winter.

“The animals know way more than we do about predicting weather,” Fejeldseth said.

Sixteen year-old Katelyn Meyer of Oriska, N.D., said she doesn’t rely on the Almanac for her weather, although she has thumbed through the older editions.

“The old ones are more interesting,” Meyer said.

North Dakota State Climatologist Dr. Adnan Akyuz sticks with straight scientific methods for his research, but he somewhat agrees with the Almanac’s predictions.

Akyuz is closely watching the current La Nina phenomenon which could mean much more snowfall this winter.

However, last year, Nina’s brother, El Nino just breezed over the area, showing atypical patterns.

“During the last El Nino, the pattern was a non-typical El Nino and our regions were mostly impacted by arctic oscillations which happen in a short term and higher frequency so, that El Nino was really masked by a greater force,” Akyuz said.

The Farmer’s Almanac has predicted a white Thanksgiving, with possible storms around the holidays; however, Jarvela said Christmas time should prove mild.

“There will be some snow and it will turn mild. Then right after Christmas it could turn cold. January will be cold, really cold, about 4 degrees below average,” Jarvela said.

Shereen Meyer of Oriska has heard her share of winter predictors such as butchers who judge the winter on the color of a pig’s spleen. So far, she isn’t warming up to the idea of such a cold winter.

“I hope they’re dead wrong,” she sad.

Even Jarvela can sympathize.

“I hope your winter is not that cold. We could be wrong.”

E-skin: The breakthrough that lets robots ‘feel’

A new artifical skin could have profound effects on the way robots sense objects — and maybe even help them wash wineglasses without smashing them.

theweek.com | Sep 13, 2010

Engineers are working on an artificial "e-skin" that can help robots negotiate the world in a more delicate and careful way. Photo: Corbis

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have invented an artificial skin that may change the way robots touch and sense objects. “E-skin,” as its inventors call it, could lead to advances in prosthetic limbs — and even raise the odds that robots might excel at housework. (Watch a demonstration.) Here’s an instant guide to this breakthrough technology:

What is e-skin?

A thin, flexible coating designed to let robots or prosthetic limbs become more sensitive to the weight of objects, “feeling” objects the way humans do and simulating the way humans negotiate the physical world.

What is it made of?

Scientists built the skin out of “inorganic single crystalline semiconductors;” or, to get slightly more technical — the researchers “started by growing the germanium/silicon nanowires on a cylindrical drum, which was then rolled onto a sticky substrate… As the drum rolled, the nanowires were deposited, or ‘printed,” onto the substrate in an orderly fashion, forming the basis from which thin, flexible sheets of electronic materials could be built.”

How does it differ from earlier versions?

Until now, most scientists attempting to create artificial skin used organic material because of its flexibility. This inorganic version is just as flexible but far more energy-efficient (organics are poor conductors) and — most significantly — lets robots detect weight and pressure more accurately than ever before. An e-skin-equipped robot, for instance, could hold an egg without clumsily crushing it.

Why is this so exciting?

Eventually, scientists hope that e-skin can help patients with prosthetic limbs learn to regain the sense of touch. Such an advancement, however, “would require significant advances in the integration of electronic sensors with the human nervous system,” says ScienceBlog.

How could this advancement help the rest of us?

The ability to feel pressure and weight could certainly equip robots to perform chores like washing dishes more elegantly. In the future, “when your cyber-being goes to clean the wine glasses from last night’s party, it won’t break them,” says James Mulroy at PC World. And Tim Hornyak at CNet points out a clear advantage from the robot’s point of view: “It wouldn’t get dishpan hands.”

U.S. soldiers to be subjected to ‘mind control’

Look what Pentagon is putting in heads of America’s warriors

Helmets fitted with ultrasound transducers and microcontroller devices for “behavioral reinforcement and neurological/psychiatric intervention.”

WorldNetDaily | Sep 12, 2010

By Bob Unruh

The U.S. military long has been able to launch a missile, explode a bridge or fire a weapon with the push of a button. Under testing now is a system intended to control a soldier’s psychiatric status, make him alert, reduce his stress and intervene when he suffers pain, among other applications, with the press of a button.

The plan is being developed by an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, where William Tyler explains that available neurotechnology shows that “brain stimulation” is capable of treating neurological diseases and brain injuries as well as “serving platforms around which brain-computer interfaces can be built for various purposes.”

In a report at the Armed with Science military website, Tyler explains that “Warfighters” can be given “strategic advantages” through helmets fitted with ultrasound transducers and microcontroller devices for a range of applications to include pain intervention, “cognitive enhancement,” reducing stress and anxiety, “behavioral reinforcement,” wakefulness and alertness, “navigational commands” and “neurological/psychiatric intervention.”

“We have developed working and conceptual prototypes in which ballistic helmets can be fitted with ultrasound transducers and microcontroller devices,” he said.

Using funding from a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, he said every aspect of “human sensation, perception, emotion, and behavior is regulated by brain activity. Thus, having the ability to stimulate brain function is a powerful technology.”

He said he worked to develop a technology that implements “transcranial pulsed ultrasound to remotely and directly stimulate brain circuits without requiring surgery.”

“Further, we have shown this ultrasonic neuromodulation approach confers a spatial resolution approximately five times greater than TMS and can exert its effects upon subcortical brain circuits deep within the brain,” he said.

“Our research will begin undergoing the next phases of research and development aimed towards engineering future applications using this neurotechnology for our country’s warfighters,” he said. “Here, we will continue exploring the influence of ultrasound on brain function and begin using transducer phased arrays to examine the influence of focused ultrasound on intact brain circuits.”

He will also study using “capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers” for brain stimulation.

On the Armed With Science website forum, “Marc” lamented that it was “a pity” that science and scientists dedicate their efforts “to war instead of peace.”

Added John Pattison, “This is the missing link between artificial intelligence, brain computer uploading, even cyborg research and special ability of telepathy, esp, psychic, pentacostal Christians who access others thoughts via the spiritual realm.”

In a Popular Science commentary on the issue, Clay Dillow wrote that other attempts at similar work always involved “surgically implanted electrodes,” and transcranial magnetic stimulation has “limited reach.”

“Tyler’s technology, packaged in a warfighter’s helmet, would allow soldiers to flip a switch to stimulate different regions of their brains,” he suggested, “helping them relieve battle stress when it’s time to get some rest, or to boost alertness during long periods without sleep.

“Grunts could even relieve pain from injuries or wounds without resorting to pharmaceutical drugs,” he said.