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  • Earthling 11:14 am on 30th January 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bidirectional translation tools, free software, fun, funtime, open source software, software by mr. goertzel, translation funtime, translation software   

    Software Release: Translation Funtime — Alpha 1.0 

    Translation Funtime is a software designed to help translators have a fun time while translating. It can also be used to do bidirectional translations, which is a traditional language learning technique going back to the middle ages and beyond.

    • Dictionaries for French, Russian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Japanese (more coming in future releases)
    • Fun tools not featured in other translation software
    • Recycle button to facilitate bidirectional translations

    This is an ALPHA release. There are some bugs.
    Software is GNU 3.0 Licensed, Open Source, brought to you by Mr. Goertzel

  • Earthling 12:49 pm on 27th January 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Great Green Dam of Algeria, Great Green Wall, Panafrican Agency on the Great Green Wall, Sahel strip, UNCTAD   

    The Great Green Wall of Africa 

    Translated from an article by Jacques Hallard
    Confronting desertification in the African Sahel Strip means fighting the decline and degradation of arable land, enabling local populations to sustain themselves, survive and live better in certain territories where creeping desertification and recurrent dryness impede agricultural production with food crops – guarantors of a fragile food security – and lastly, trying to better adapt to climate change, which is having an effect there too: these are the challenges that inspired a joint action initiative between 11 concerned states in 2005.
    Many regional, national and international organizations have contributed to this gargantuan project, which aims for nothing less than the establishment of a strip of developed lands across more than 7,000 kilometers, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the West to the southern outlet of the Red Sea in the East, and also from Dakar in Senegal to the Republic of Djibouti.
    In order to provide management for the Great Green Wall project, the Panafrican Agency on the Great Green Wall was created in 2010 under the leadership of the African Union and the CEN-SAD (Community of Sahel-Saharan States).
    The Great Green Wall of the Sahara and Sahel project receives support from the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). It can also benefit from achievements and experience gained from the “Great Green Dam” program carried out in Algeria since the 1970s.
    This project to restore natural resources across vast territories has notably received the technical and scientific support of the IRD (French Institute of Research for Development) in 2010 and the CSFD (French Scientific Committee on Desertification) in 2012. It seems wise to consider taking action on groups of small, well-defined geographic sectors, developing versatile gardens that enable the diversification of local foods, and involving the populations of these areas in order to convince them to avoid overgrazing in the planted zones.
    The lessons learned from the Algerian experience can help us choose which species to recommend a priori. Among these species, it has been recommended in particular to use the filao (Casuarina equisetifolia, of Australian origin, most suited to seasides), the desert date palm (Balanitesa egyptiaca), and the white gum tree (Acacia senegal). The following species have also been suggested: the African baobab (Adansonia digitata), the jujube (Ziziphus spp.) or the shea-tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), for various uses.
    The big obstacle to achieving this project is that the geographical zone in question is currently subject to much political and social instability in many states. Armed conflicts, complex civil wars and continual humanitarian crises prevent concrete and appropriate measures from being implemented in the land. National and international policies have yet to be elaborated, detailed and shared with populations, who are most often disadvantaged, for a practical implementation, which has anyhow proven urgent and indispensable.
    Work on this project began in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in 2014. But it was in 2008 that the Republic of Senegal took the lead and that’s probably why it was the results from this latter country that were reviewed and commented on. Great efforts need to made for popular education and sharing knowledge and techniques in the territories targeted by the African Great Green Wall project. The initial good results in Senegal must be expanded upon.
    Some Links:
    The Great Green Wall in the Sahel (Lengthy Academic Article)
    Africa is Building a “Wall of Trees” (Ventures Africa)
    Battle of the Desert (II): A ‘Great Green Wall for Africa’ (IPS News)

  • Earthling 4:24 pm on 26th January 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Global Environmental Collapse Renders Continuation of Growth-Based Industrial Civilization Implausible, ,   

    State of the Modern World Address — January 2019 

    Global Environmental Collapse Renders Continuation of Growth-Based Industrial Economics Implausible

  • Earthling 10:08 am on 26th January 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: counterrevolutionary pigdog fascists, , , , , legality of spy gadgets in russia, , prc, uyghur holocaust   

    January Internet Freedom Update 

    “You want to say something? Or you started to think deeply?”

    Bills providing punishment for insulting the authorities and false information are in reading
    Odious bills on punishment for insulting the authorities on the internet and spreading false news have been under discussion by the State Duma. These bills have been subject to debate in society and within the government.
    Vladimir Zhirinovsky said that “the groaning against the authorities” in the past led to the collapse of the USSR and the Russian Empire, so the introduction of responsibility for the relevant insults — is “protection of the country.” The head of the LDPR spoke approvingly about the “law on fake news”, because, in his opinion, it is necessary to suppress panic in society caused by fake news from the Internet and the media.
    Hundreds of millions of rubles to be spent searching for “anti-social phenomena and subcultures” on the web
    Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science plans to allocate 628-million rubles for searching online for information that is dangerous to the health of children. The subsidy will be provided to the non-profit organization ‘Center for the Study and Online Monitoring of the Youth Environment’, whose activity is aimed at monitoring the distribution of information on telecommunication networks. This non-profit organization was created on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 31, 2018.
    Putin signs laws that partially decriminalize reposting illegal content
    The penalties for posting illegal content on the internet have been changed from criminal to administrative, if they do not pose a public threat and are committed for the first time
    The laws in question punish people for inciting racial, national, religious and other hostility through the internet or media. Under the new amendments, criminal liability will only be for repeat offenders.
    The fine for first-time offenders will range from 10,000 to 20,000 rubles, or consist of compulsory work for up to 100 hours, or administrative arrest for up to 15 days. For legal entities the fine will be from 250,000 to 500,000 rubles.
    Russian Supreme Court partially legalizes “spy gadgets”
    A new Supreme Court ruling decided that it is only necessary to punish people for the purchase of “spy” devices if they were used to “infringe upon the constitutional rights of citizens”.
    What is meant by “spy” technologies is technological means intended for secretly obtaining information. Smartphones, video recorders and voice recorders can be recognized as such, if they are specially modified. The Supreme Court recommends not to punish people who bought “spy” pens or other devices for personal safety (to monitor their house, apartment, the safety of their relatives, animals) or by accident, according to the new decision.
    According to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, illegal circulation of special technological means intended for secretly obtaining information is punishable by imprisonment of up to four years.
    According to the statistics of the Judicial Department of the Armed Forces, from January to June 2018, 86 people were convicted under this law, and only one acquitted. Cases against 50 people were dismissed during the investigation.
    Libraries to limit number of simultaneous users of ebooks
    The SKOLKOVO Foundation has developed amendments to the Civil Code, among which are rules that libraries will not be able to provide access to the same electronic copy of a publication to several users.
    In March, the State Duma is scheduled to make amendments to determine the nature of free use of educational and scientific works electronically stored in libraries. The text of the proposed amendments is:
    “allow libraries to provide remote access to electronic copies of books, provided that the user will not be able to copy the materials, as well as if the purpose is not to make a profit (currently the reader can access the electronic version of the book only in the library or archive);
    allow people to read scientific and educational materials in electronic form, of any year of publication (currently this opportunity applies only to works that have not been reprinted in Russia for more than ten years).
    Maxim Proksh, Chairman of the Intellectual Property Group, said that this would be a right, not an obligation of libraries, and also clarified that they would not be able to provide access to the same copy of an electronic work to several users at once: if a single copy is stored in the library, only one person can view it at a time, if 50 copies — then 50 users.
    “We are talking mostly about literature, because access to knowledge is the goal of the bill,” said Proksch. “However, sometimes fiction can also have an educational character, for example, for students of Humanities faculties or schoolchildren, but this applies mainly to the classics, which already has the status of the public domain. According to him, the bill applies to those books that are protected by copyright: “we have no goal to bring down the publishing market, we focus solely on making educational and scientific literature available to any resident of the country without the need to make an expensive trip to the library, where the desired copy is located.”
    The project is currently undergoing internal coordination, after which it will be submitted to the Commission of Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov. According to the plan, the document can be adopted in May this year.
    (Above content is translated and paraphrased from RoskovSvoboda.org, which is available under CC4 License)
    China undertakes manual internet censorship by visiting people
    LinkedIn supports China’s censorship regime
    Pyscho bourgeois pigdog dictators of China use information warfare to cover up Uyghur holocaust

    Save the 3 million Uyghur Muslims in Chinese concentration camps!

    China releases app showing locations of nearby people who are in debt
    Gabon, DRC, Zimbabwe shut down internet in response to conflicts
    Conservative legislators try to clean the internet, protect children with internet porn filtering act

  • Earthling 12:30 pm on 7th January 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: albian aquifer, eighth man-made wonder of the world, gaddafi, GMR, great man-made river, great man-made river of libya, harm of libyan war, harm of western imperialism, moammar gaddafi   

    The Great Libyan Man-Made River and the Albian Aquifer in the Maghreb 

    Are very large-scale construction projects always useful and advisable, both in terms of meeting the essential and food needs of populations at the micro-local level, and in terms of contributing to true sustainable development at the regional level, without further aggravating the factors that are globally responsible for climate deregulation?

    The Great Man-Made River in Libya is based on the exploitation of a huge aquifer in the Maghreb called the Albian Aquifer. It was conceived especially for the irrigation of agricultural lands and for food self-sufficiency in Libya.

    A bit of history

    The early development of civilization in a large part of this region was based on irrigation systems that laid the foundations for the intensive production systems still in use today. Historical evidence indicates that in the Roman era, nearly all of North Africa received sufficient rainfall to allow regular rain-fed cultivation of grains and other crops. The climatic conditions and plant cover of the soil seem to have deteriorated since then…

    The FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) observed that “historically, agriculture played an essential role in the development of many economies in the Middle East and North Africa; first with grain production and breeding, then with the development of fruit, vegetable and cash crop production in totally or partially irrigated areas. In 1997, agriculture made up 13 percent of the regional GDP, 19% of exports, and 50% of jobs in the region. However, there are great variations between countries depending on the relative importance of non-agricultural revenue in their economy. Water access, in terms of both quantity and quality, remains a major problem for national and agricultural economies. Many economies were obliged, by the relatively low potential for production increase in the absence of irrigation, to turn to other solutions for economic growth, such as oil, mining, manufacturing, international commerce, etc.”

    This region was also an important area for agricultural innovation between the 4th and 11th centuries, when many new crops and technologies were introduced in the Far East.”

    The experts at FAO also recalled that “patterns of land occupation depend on the history of political changes; populations increase in big cities and concentrate in the most important villages of rural areas. The region is home to many nomadic herders who move, according to the season, between the mountainous and low-altitude regions, and between the humid areas and the dry steppe. The long history of human settlement, unequal access to land and increasing urbanization has led to serious degradation of soils and forest resources throughout most of the region…”

    The farming systems are highly varied and have been described and mapped. See production – Middle East and North Africa – Source of the excerpts above systems: http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/Y1860F/y1860f0c.htm#TopOfPage


    The Albian Aquifer Today

    The Albian aquifer is essentially of fossil origin, but with a small modern natural supply.

    Libya’s economy has been shaken by the recent dramas in the country. The Great Man-Made River was a humongous project, realized over the course of several decades. The conflict in 2011 nearly compromised the expected optimal functioning of the river’s hydraulic developments, as well as the positive effects on the economy and the well-being of concerned populations.

    A retrospective technical review of Moammar Gaddafi’s water program that was made in 2005 enables us to (re)discover the wealth, boldness, inherent difficulties of such a big project in the region.

    The Algerian authorities articulated a plan to use various technologies (including geothermal energy) to stimulate subsistence agriculture as well as agricultural products for export; this plan also shed light on the potential for a future “recovered” Libya. But others have established a possibly risky connection between the exploitation of shale gas, and the resources of this aquifer, which has a depth between 500 and 800 meters, and an area greater than two times that of metropolitan France.

    On a political level, the role of the Libyan state was already outlined in 2016. In 2012, the Algerian politician Abdelmalek Sellal announced the feasibility of an agreement on the Albian aquifer, for a just division and optimal usage of water between Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

    This very large-scale project has been greatly supported by effective hydraulic engineering technologies, substantial financial allocations and firm political determination. What remains to be implemented to help local populations live better in peaceful, secure territories, are a technical reevaluation of the Great Man-Made River of Libya, a review considering the river in terms of sustainable development, and proactive inter-regional cooperation.

    Translated from an article by Jacques Hallard


    Further information:

    The Official Great Man-Made River Website

    “The GMR (Great Man-made River) project – with a price tag of at least $25bn – kept rolling along. By the time the uprising against Gaddafi started in early 2011, more than 70 percent of the work on the GMR was completed.

    But with the chaos resulting from the ongoing civil war, the project and its web of infrastructure is under severe strain, threatening supplies of water to a majority of Libya’s 6.3 million people.”

    Divided into five phases, the GMR involved sinking 1,300 wells, some up to 600 metres deep, down below the desert sands. Giant concrete pipes big enough for a bus to be driven through were sunk into trenches: altogether a water pipeline network covering 4,000kms was established.
    Reservoirs were constructed. Numerous pumping stations were built. The first phase of the GMR, supplying water to Benghazi in the east of Libya and to Gaddafi’s stronghold of Sirte was completed in 1991.
    Other phases of the project, supplying water to Tripoli in the west and Tobruk in the far east of the country, gradually came on stream.”
    Gaddafi liked to claim that the GMR was ‘the eighth wonder of the world.’ It is in many ways a remarkable feat of engineering but the whole scheme could collapse if the mayhem in Libya continues – resulting in a chronic water crisis affecting millions of people.”

    Trouble Ahead for Gaddafi’s Great Man-Made River (Middle East Eye)

    “According to Elawej (Environment Advisor), it is impossible to give accurate report of the environmental effects [of the GMR], since no relevant data currently exists. This would entail a huge amount of research. Elawej regards the positive effects of the project as follows:

    1. The GMMR has helped expand the green areas in the north and west of the country, preventing further desertification.

    2. The green areas contribute to tempering the weather.

    3. Traditional water resources in the north have been spared as people can now rely on GMMR water instead.

    4. Agricultural production has increased.

    According to Elawej, the negative effects include:

    1. The desert environment of the areas where the fossil water is taken from may be changing.

    2. The pipeline network itself may affect the environment.

    3. Some of the water is stored in open pools, with evaporation leading to salinisation. Salinity of the GMMR water is high according to international standards, though it is not as bad as in the north′s traditional wells, which are affected by an influx of seawater.

    4. Since most – and perhaps all – of the fossil water is not renewable, a finite resource is being used.

    Over the course of the civil war, the GMMR has suffered severe damage. During the revolution in 2011, NATO airplanes bombed water ducts in Brega. They also targeted a pipe factory, possibly in order to cut off Gaddafi′s forces from their water supply. More recently, there have been acts of sabotage in the south. In March 2017, the GMMR administration issued a warning that repeated assaults on wells at JabalHasawna might completely stop the water flow to Tripoli and other north-western cities.”

    The Eighth Wonder of the World? (Qantara)

    Survey of Sustainable Development to Make Great Man-Made River Producing Energy and Food (Current World Environment Paper)

    Libya’s choices: Desalination or the Great Man-made River Project (Paper on Sciencedirect)

    The Libyan Great Man-Made River Project, Paper 1, Project Overview. (Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Water Maritime and Energy)

    The Libyan Great Man-Made River Project, Paper 2, The Water Resource. (Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Water Maritime and Energy)

    Freshwater from the Desert (D+C Article)

    The Great Man-Made River of Gaddafi: What Happened To It? (Anonymous HQ Article)

    A technical overview of the GMR project prior to NATO’s intervention

    The Great Man-Made River of Libya (Amusing Planet Article)

  • Earthling 7:07 am on 6th January 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Big Brother, bourgeois dictators of China, disgusting hypocrisy, scriabin, surveillance and theater, theater, theatre   

    Surveillance, Sincerity and Scriabin 

    People act differently when they know or suspect they are being watched. Surveillance is an affront to liberty even if the data obtained is not looked at or used in any way, because people being watched do not know that the data will not be used against them. How can one behave naturally when one is being spied on and potentially judged by unknown individuals or algorithms?
    Things get really ugly when surveillance is directly used to manipulate and coerce people. In China, surveillance is turning the whole of society into a grotesque theatrical production with the help of the “social credit” system. The human conscience itself is being assaulted in a novel way: people are no longer allowed to base their behavior on their conscience; instead, they must consider what Big Brother and his algorithms want them to do. You might have your organs stolen or be sent to a slave labor camp for your choice of a human conscience over a contrived and automated system designed by and for psychopaths.
    Hence, everyone in such a society becomes a full-time actor. The amount of “private spaces” where technology won’t spy on you is ever decreasing.
    The Russian philosopher Alexander Scriabin once observed that the whole of human civilization was becoming increasingly “theatrical”. He tried to transform this “theatrical production” of a world into something aesthetically perfect like his own music. After all, if we’re all going to act all the time, it may as well be Shakespeare-worthy acting with Beethoven-worthy music, instead of this disgusting hypocrisy that the bourgeois dictators of China are producing (and even exporting to Africa). Let’s hope that if the Big Brothers in the West follow China’s example, they will display more artistic taste.

  • Earthling 11:53 am on 1st January 2019 Permalink | Reply

    Healthy Living 101 

    Get Exercise



    Smile: It’s Good For You!

    Be Honest


    Be Compassionate




    Walk Fast


    Eat Fruits and Veggies


    Avoid Factory-Farmed Meat


    Avoid Processed Foods


    Fast Intermittently


    Eat Little


    Be Married


    Have Sex Frequently


    Be Celibate


    Don’t Work Too Hard


    Use a Computer Stand


    Moderate Use of Technology

    (Don’t waste your time reading all these links)


    Go Enjoy Nature

    Health Benefits of Relaxing in Nature

    • Li Yang 1:03 am on 28th March 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for providing the links! They are really great! I haven’t been out enjoying nature lately since I’ve been so busy with my social media, but I will go out for a stroll in the park or go hike with my friends this coming Friday. Also, Another way to live healthy is to have and keep a healthy diet.

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