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09-23-2013, 02:31 AM #1
Various reading interests about the past, present and future (concise form)
Here's a thread of short reading with various interests, in concise forms. Nevertheless there won't be any pop news such as regarding the celebs (Lady Gaga/Britney Spears/Justin Bieber/Justin Timberlake and the like ), Hollywood trivias and the kinds. All the readings come from the public sources, so one may read further at the source.
Edward Louis Bernays: The Father of Public Relations and Propaganda
Edward Louis Bernays (November 22, 1891 – March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and opinion making or propaganda. Born 1891 in Vienna to Jewish parents, Bernays was a double nephew of psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud. His mother was Sigmund's sister Anna and his father was Ely Bernays, brother of Freud's wife Martha Bernays.
Note that the term "propaganda," incidentally, did not have negative connotations in those days. It was during the second World War that the term became taboo because it was connected with Germany, and all those bad things.
His major coup, the one that really propelled him into fame in the late 1920s, was getting women to smoke. Women didn't smoke in those days and he ran huge campaigns for Chesterfield. You know all the techniques—models and movie stars with cigarettes coming out of their mouths and that kind of thing. He got enormous praise for that. So he became a leading figure of the industry, and his book was the real manual.
Edward Bernays' early masterpiece in the late 1920s
He was the true genius of the 20th century. Read further here.
09-23-2013, 05:45 PM #2
Here is what may have been the locker room words of a coach of a national badminton team going into the Sudirman/Uber Cup, speaking about a rival team against whom they are about to play: (which country does it describe?)
They are addicted to innovation, and their designs are characterized by swiftness alike in conception and execution...They are adventurous beyond their power, and daring beyond thier judgment...They are swift to follow up a success and slow to recoil from a reverse.
Their bodies they spend ungrudgingly in their country's cause; their intellect they jealously husband to be employed in her service. A scheme unexecuted is with them a positive loss. The deficiency created by the miscarriage of an undertaking is soon filled up by fresh hopes; for they alone are enabled to call a thing hoped for a thing got, by the speed with which they act upon their resolutions.
Their only idea of a holiday is to do what the occasion demands. One might truly say that they were born into the world to take no rest themselves and to give none to others. Such is your antagonist.
In reality it is a speech about Athens written circa 400 BC.
(They would of kicked butt in the BWF!)
10-09-2013, 04:22 AM #3
China reveals first space-based quantum communications project | neurope.eu
China reveals first space-based quantum communications project
by Nerea Rial (2013-06-11), New Europe
China might become the first space-faring nation with quantum communication capability, as it has announced plans to launch its “Chinese Quantum Science Satellite" in 2016, MIT Technology Review reported.
Today, thanks to quantum cryptography, secure messages can be sent from one location on the planet to another. However, this is just possible over distances of 100 kilometres or so, through optical fibre or the atmosphere.
Back in 2012, Chinese physicists tried to set up a new record, but finally were the Europeans the ones that were able to send information through a quantum channel over 150 kilometres through the atmosphere.
Now, Chinese made a new step. PAN Jian-Wei at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai and his colleagues bounced single photons off an orbiting satellite and detected them back on our planet.
Chinese scientists achieved this by pointed at a satellite orbiting at an altitude of 400 km with two telescopes in a binocular formation. The satellite is covered with reflectors which bounce signals from Earth back from their original location.
Pan and his team say that they were able to detect the returning photons at a rate of about 600 per second. "These results are suf?cient to set up an unconditionally secure QKD link between satellite and earth, technically," they explained.
Despite the team made the discovery in 2010, they decided to publish their paper now to also announced the launch of the Chinese Quantum Science Satellite, the first quantum science experiment into space, in three years.
Pan and his colleagues aim to establish a quantum communication network between Beijing and Vienna, meaning that Europe, which is also planning to send these kind of communications to the International Space Station, might have to cooperate with its “rivals.”
10-17-2013, 10:27 AM #4
The Debt ceiling showdown is temporary over
The USA Debt Ceiling crisis is temporary over after shutdown of 16 days and furloughed of 19 days. The current solution will postpone the problem for next three months.
Michael Ramirez summarizes the precarious show in one following cool cartoon.
Via The Burning Platform