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Segment #1: This week in free energy
Presenter: Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time: 20 minutes
Segment #2: Scarecrow’s News Rant – Impact of new media on creative talent
A conversation with Ralph Engle of the band, This Flight Tonight
Presenter: SmartScarecrow and Ralph Engle
Estimated time: 20 minutes
Q: You got a record deal or still working on it?
A: We’ve been offered two record deals since embarking on the project in 2009. But I’m not ready to sell my soul, or get into what labels call “Recoupable Debt” – or want them owning my masters. One label wanted to sign us for 3 years and 3 albums. That’s a lot of pressure to come up with all that material. The other label wanted to exploit our masters to international territory but the term was a lengthy 7 years. Being independent you get much more creative control on how your music sounds and when you want to make a release. In saying that if the right deal comes I will sign, but that has not happened yet. But a record deal is not the end all or be all these days, you can do a lot on your own if you know how to. What TFT really needs are; great songs, a plugger and a touring manager.
Q: Can I remix This Flight Tonight? Can you send me stems?
A: That would be awesome! Use our contact form to tell me what song you want and what stems you need. Please also send me some of your current work. Want to make a start now? Here are the stems for Always Be Mine (stems pack 1) / (stems pack 2). You can listen to a whole bunch of TFT remixes here; http://soundcloud.com/ralphengle.
Q: Do you have a CD out? I’d buy one!
A: Currently TFT have 7 songs professionally recorded. My vision is to record at least 3 more. I am currently doing music full time, so every dollar counts! If you want a CD as much as we do, pre-orders can be purchased on http://www.sellaband.com/thisflighttonight.
Why pay for music?
Back in 1976 the influential Scottish television and music producer Donald MacLean wrote, ‘new media can enrich us, but if we exploit new technology without regard for the creative consequences they’ll impoverish us.’
That impoverished morning has now dawned. Thanks to the ease with which content can be copied from the internet, and shared with friends, the world’s creative economy is being undermined. Nowadays twenty music tracks are downloaded illegally for every one that is bought online. It’s a similar story for films and books.
As MacLean points out, if no one pays a copyright fee then an author or musician cannot afford to create another work with the inevitable consequence — the demise of creativity. So how can artists continue to work? One way is to raise the money themselves through fan funding via Sellaband.
Who pays for talent? In the new e-age, we do – by committing ourselves to help dynamic, innovative, sincere, young musicians to write and sing songs ‘that move people’s minds, that search for the sense of life, for happiness and the nature of human beings’.
– an article about Fan Funding
by Rory Maclean (Author).
Segment #3: Feature Presentation – Presentation by Mark Dansie
Presenter: Mark Dansie
Estimated time: 40 minutes
The quest for real alternative energy solutions. Keeping them honest!
Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session
Estimated time: 10 minutes
Plan B: Backup News Rant!
Probably will not have time to present this material, but just in case we do!
Next Leg Of The Ponzi Revealed – Foreign Central Banks To Begin Buying US Stocks Outright Starting Today
We were speechless when we read this from Bloomberg.
The Bank of Israel will begin today a pilot program to invest a portion of its foreign currency reserves in U.S. equities.
The investment, which in the initial phase will amount to 2 percent of the $77 billion reserves, or about $1.5 billion, will be made through UBS AG and BlackRock Inc. (BLK), Bank of Israel spokesman Yossi Saadon said in a telephone interview today. At a later stage, the investment is expected to increase to 10 percent of the reserves.
A small number of central banks have started investing part of their reserves in equities. About 9 percent of the foreign- exchange reserves of Switzerland’s central bank were invested in shares at the end of the third quarter, the Swiss bank said on its website.
The investment will be made in equity index trackers and will include between 1,500 to 2,000 shares, among them stocks like Apple Inc. (AAPL), Saadon said.
In other words, while the Fed’s charter forbids it from buying US equities outright, it certainly can promise that it will bail out such bosom friends as the Bank of Israel, the Swiss National Bank, and soon everyone else, if and when their investment in Apple should sour.
Luckily, this means that the exponential phase in risk is approaching as everyone will now scramble to frontrun central bank purchases no longer in bonds, but in stocks outright, leading to epic surges in everything risk related, then collapse and force the Fed to print tens of trillions to bail everyone out all over again, rinse repeat, until this chart becomes asymptotic. We say luckily, because it means that the long overdue systemic reset is finally approaching.
Constitutional showdown voided: Feds decrypt laptop without defendant’s help
Colorado federal authorities have decrypted a laptop seized from a bank-fraud defendant, mooting a judge’s order that the defendant unlock the hard drive so the government could use its contents as evidence against her.
The development ends a contentious legal showdown over whether forcing a defendant to decrypt a laptop is a breach of the Fifth Amendment right against compelled self incrimination.
The authorities seized the encrypted Toshiba laptop from defendant Ramona Fricosu in 2010 with valid court warrants while investigating alleged mortgage fraud, and demanded she decrypt it. Colorado U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn ordered the woman in January to decrypt the laptop by the end of February. The judge refused to stay his decision to allow Fricosu time to appeal.
“They must have used or found successful one of the passwords the co-defendant provided them,” Fricosu’s attorney, Philip Dubois, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
He said the authorities delivered to him Wednesday a copy of the information they discovered on the drive. Dubois said he has not examined it.
The development comes a week after a federal appeals court ruled in a separate case that forcing a criminal suspect to decrypt hard drives so their contents can be used by prosecutors is a breach of the Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination.
It was the nation’s first appellate court to issue such a finding. The Supreme Court has never dealt directly with the issue.
The decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that an encrypted hard drive is akin to a combination on a safe, and is off limits, because compelling the unlocking of either of them is the equivalent of forcing testimony.
Judge Blackburn, however, was not legally bound to follow that precedent, because he sits in the circuit covered by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had refused to review his decision.
The woman and her ex-husband co-defendant, Scott Whatcott, are accused of filing fraudulent documents to obtain home titles and selling the houses without paying the mortgage. Dubois believes Whatcott supplied the password to the police.
Dubois had suggested in an earlier interview that Fricosu may have forgotten the password, and faced potential contempt charges had she not decrypted the hard drive by Wednesday.
Facebook will Require Social Security Number for Member Log In
February seemed to be the month of Facebook, with new updates and new privacy settings. Today, Facebook announced a new procedure to address the recent wave of spam that has plagued the website. Starting April 2nd, users will be required to enter their social security numbers to log in to their Facebook accounts. Facebook’s media relations department released this statement.
The new member log in format will be both safe and efficient for our users who fear having their Facebook identity stolen. The requirement for users to enter their social security numbers during log in, will completely take away the element of spam from unauthorized access. With cooperation from the United States government, we have compiled a database to verify that each person’s social security is accurate. Also, the last four digits of each users social will be displayed in their info section of their profile. Further upgrades to security are currently being planned, and will be announced as more information is given.
The announcement will for sure create outrage across the internet, where tensions are already high due to Facebook’s new privacy policies. Google has also hinted to a similar procedure to verify user identification.
Calls to the Facebook corporate offices have not been returned.