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Cue the Robot Takeover

July 29th, 2015 By James Corbett

In order to confront this pending apocalypse, the fearless men and women at the FLI have bravely stepped up to the plate and...written a polite letter to ask governments to think twice before developing these really effective, well-nigh unstoppable super weapons (pretty please).

Well, you can't blame them for trying, can you? Earlier today the grandiloquently named "Future of Life Institute" (FLI) announced an open letter on the subject of 'autonomous weapons.' In case you're not keeping up with artificial intelligence research, that means weapons that seek and engage targets all by themselves.



While this sounds fanciful to the uninformed, it is in fact a dystopian nightmare that, thanks to startling innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence by various DARPA-connected research projects, is fast becoming a reality. Heck, people are already customizing their own multirotor drones to fire handguns; just slap some AI on that and call it Skynet.

    Indeed, as anyone who has seen Robocop, Terminator, Bladerunner or a billion other sci-fi fantasies will know, gun-wielding, self-directed robots are not to be hailed as just another rung on the ladder of technical progress. But for those who are still confused on this matter, the FLI open letter helpfully elaborates: "Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group." In other words, instead of "autonomous we...

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Fake Numbers From China

July 25th, 2015
By James Corbett

... perhaps most revealing of all are the startling new estimates of capital outflow that show that China is hemorrhaging capital at an unprecedented rate and selling its US treasuries at an equally furious pace to buoy up the yuan.

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The Decline of US Power

July 22nd, 2015
By Nick Bryant

Polls regularly show that Americans recognise that their country's international standing has waned. Among the young, this trendline has fallen sharply. Only 15% of 18-29-year-olds believe that America is the "greatest country in the world".

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10 Very Strange Things That Just Happened

July 11th, 2015
By Michael Snyder

 And if I am right, what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg.  The following are 10 very strange things that have happened in just the past few weeks…

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The Greek Drama

July 8th, 2015
By James Corbett

  Tragedy? Farce? Bleak tale with a light at the end of the tunnel? It’s too early to know. But get your popcorn ready, because no matter how it plays out this tale is one that will be well worth watching.

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Chinese Government Manipulations Behind Stock Market Crisis

July 4th, 2015
By James Corbett

...the popping of the Chinese stock bubble is not just about a plummet in the stock market. The real key to understanding what has taken place in China is often named but seldom explained: shadow banking.

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Banks Close as Greeks Brace for Onslaught

July 1st, 2015
By James Corbett

As of press time, Greece was still insisting they would not make their scheduled 1.6 billion euro payment to the IMF. Assuming the payment does not go through, what will happen?

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Are the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations Breaking Down

June 27th, 2015
By James Corbett

Since they can't find any evidence that Iran has actually engaged in any nuclear weapons program activities, they are instead using the "we can't prove they haven't, either" tactic to demand unprecedented levels of access to Iran's nuclear facilities...

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Signs Of Financial Turmoil In Europe China And The United States

June 24th, 2015
By Michael Snyder

...if there is no debt deal by the end of this month, the Greek debt crisis is going to totally spin out of control and financial chaos will begin to erupt all over Europe.   But instead of trying to be reasonable, EU president Donald Tusk “has delivered an ultimatum to Greece”

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Fed Court Loss Changes Absolutely Nothing

June 20th, 2015
By James Corbett

The Fed came in and gave AIG an emergency loan it (literally) couldn't refuse, took it over and began running the company completely illegally and in violation of the constitution.

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Judy Chapman

May 19th, 2015
By Webmaster

Judy Chapman passed on today, May 19 2015

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Get Prepared EXPO 2015

Get Prepared Expo – Meet USAPrepares.com Instructors, Attend Seminars, and Banquet Dinners March 27, 28, 29,  2015 – Cowan Civic Center – Lebanon, MO

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Big Savings in May from Mountain House

May 21st, 2013
By The Freeze Dry Guy

Freeze Dry Guy is pleased to offer this highest quality product at a fraction of the manufacturers, suggested retail price. The Mountain House Freeze Dried Eggs with butter flavor is a must have for your food storage.

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Freeze Dried Pineapple Cans On Sale

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Robert Chapman Gold Coin

Bob Chapman Gold Coin A gold coin to honor Bob Chapman. A special offer from Central Metals Corp.

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The creator of the International Forecaster, Bob Chapman.