Confusion in Northern Ireland Politics

It’s sometimes difficult to see political solutions to anything in Northern Ireland particularly at the moment. Many are now talking about the return to direct rule simply because currently there’s no one actually running the province. Of course, this is more of a problem for Sinn Fein than it is for the DUP who in some senses welcome direct rule. The two main parties are so opposed to each other it sometimes seems impossible for there to be any sort of coalition government running Northern Ireland.

Green Party leader Steven Agnew expressed his deep frustration. Again, despite attempts at optics to the opposite, we see the out workings of a talks process which was limited to two parties that have proved time and time again that they can’t deliver, he said. With healthcare, education and everything in Northern Ireland descending into utter chaos, both of these parties have yet again demonstrated weak leadership and inability and unwillingness to take that crucial step forward into the unknown to deliver a peaceful settlement and a functioning Executive. We’ve warned that it’s craziness to carry on doing the same thing again and again and also to expect a different result.

I’m deeply disappointed to have been proven right by the most recent turn of events. I hope that at this point the State Secretary will learn from what’s happened and will now turn into more imaginative solutions which might help to bridge the seemingly impossible chasm between the DUP and Sinn Fein. We trust that the State Secretary will now widen her gaze beyond both of these failed negotiators and will meet to discuss our proposals for a Citizen’s Assembly that could play a vital role in leading Northern Ireland out from the current political impasse. Time to move on’.

These events have been covered extensively in the Irish media and to some extent in the British media. there’s loads of news and information on the Northern Ireland situation on the BBC websites, which you can access ok from the North and the iPlayer is also accessible from the rest of Ireland using this VPN service.

TUV leader Jim Allister said it was time to move on and implement a direct rule. He said: I welcome the fact the DUP has faced some measure of reality. With Sinn Fein never in Stormont to make Northern Ireland work this was a late conclusion to the current unnecessary talks. Nevertheless, they must go further and accept that things can only move forward by fully accepting the demonstrated reality that obligatory coalition may and will never work. This system of devolution is doomed to constant deadlock and failure. Only a coalition of willing has any chance of success. If such isn’t achievable then we need government from the only other place it could come from, Westminster.

British TV is perhaps not the most useful source of information simply because the Northern Ireland situation is often so complex and nuanced however for up to date facts it’s difficult to beat. For those of us interested in Irish politics perhaps the best option from outside Ireland is to invest in an Irish VPN and get access to RTE the Irish broadcaster. However there’s lots of up to date information on UK Television – http://uktvabroad.org/ and there are also the regional programmes broadcast from the BBC.

We need a civil rights movement’. People Before Profit’s MLA Gerry Carroll said there needed to be a brand new civil rights movement. Arlene Foster and the DUP have made plain their unwillingness to enact basic rights for individuals. The talks process failed since the DUP continues to hold the rights of people to ransom. Shame on them.”. The DUP can block the talks, but they can’t stop the growing desire for change among the majority of individuals here.”. 50 years ago a mass movement of individuals power has been put on the street to demand fundamental rights in this state. Now’s the time to rediscover that spirit, and build a brand new civil rights movement. One that may reach across the divide and fight for fundamental rights for the LGBT community, for females and for Irish speakers.

More Bitcoin Madness

This website actually gets lots of hits from bemused digital investors seeking advice. Much of it stems from a single post I made a few weeks ago relating to Bitcoin – well here it is. Not exactly useful, or indeed incisive, but Google and other search engines have sent thousands of bewildered investors to my post.

Well firstly I should apologize because that post had very little useful information about Bitcoin simply because I know little about it. However I could actually class myself as a successful investor but more by luck than design. Here’s a little rundown of my experience which might perhaps help some people.

I’ve looked at Bitcoin for years without doing much about it (unfortunately) – but I have stumbled into digital currency. About a year ago I was paid for services rendered (oooh err) in a single bitcoin.  It was actually for promoting a residential VPN service so only slightly shady.

I moaned and complained at the time, and wanted the $500 in cash but didn’t get anywhere. About a year later, I looked at my neglected bitcoin payment and realised it was now worth close to $12000 so preceded to turn it into real money. Imagine picking a share or investment that turned 500 bucks into 12000 in a year with little effort and you can begin to understand the excitement of Bitcoin.

Well firstly I figured out how to cash out, it wasn’t hard. I had my Bitcoin Core wallet – which was free and I installed to accept my payment in the first place. Next step was to find someone who would cash out my coins for me, again I was directed to a company. Their name was Kraken and although they have frequent server problems simply because they appear to be overloaded – it’s a bitcoin exchange and you can find it here https://www.kraken.com/. They seem honest, professional and don’t charge extortionate fees so are worth checking out. Well they worked for me and that’s all I can say.

So I transferred my coin, went through the security checks which took a couple of days and I was ready to go. I placed some sell orders selecting the best price option (the default one) and cashed out my Bitcoin at a huge profit. Then I initiated a balance transfer to my bank account, which I worried about a lot but that actually was fine. It took about 48 hours at which point the money appeared in my bank account – that’s me a digital currency trader and a successful one too!

I should also add, although I wanted my Bitcoin cash in my bank account I was a bit worried about missing out on the potential cash fest so made another move.  With no research I checked out the next rival to Bitcoin which turned out to be Ethereum available at a much more reasonable $400 so I bought one – just to stay in the game.

Just checked and that one coin is now worth nearly $1200 a month later, I can’t imagine how much money the big players are making !!!  Mind you will probably all turn into Tulip dust any day soon at least that’s what I’m told.  Yet I have started watching the news, reading crap digital currency sites and wasting my money on expat TV for news on how the markets going.

Is this the Way to Give Up Smoking Marijuana

This is a controversial issue with many people on either side of the divide, in fact many will assure you that marijuana isn’t even addictive.  There are plenty of people out there today that believe that the smoking of marijuana isn’t something which causes them health issues. One thing you’re going to find about marijuana is that not only will it cause medical issues but will also end up worsening a number of your medical issues. If you suffer from depression or anxiety you will find that the smoking of marijuana might make these issues even worse.  Of course, it’s now much easier to buy due to less of a stigma in some places you can even buy online but using an IP cloaker program is still advisable.

Physical and mental addictions are yet another thing that you can expect to receive if you end up smoking marijuana. In The Following Paragraphs we are going to be taking a look at the How To Quit Weed Program, and how you can conquer both the mental and physical addiction.

With regards to this program it is not going to matter how many times you have attempted to quit before, this will be able to help you. The key to being able to give up smoking marijuana is to take care of your physical addiction, as well as your mental addiction which is something which this program can do within 2 to 6 days. Other methods will only try to eliminate your mental addiction for marijuana which is the reason why many of them end up failing.

While cigarettes are addictive because of the nicotine in them, you’ll figure out that marijuana is addictive because of the THC. You will also discover that during the last 20 years the actual amount of THC that you find in marijuana has been growing by the year. At this stage in time the THC in marijuana is more than twice the amounts that it had been at just 20 years ago. Which is yet another reason marijuana has become so addicting, and these THC levels keep increasing.

This program will help you detoxify your body and get rid of all of the chemicals that the marijuana produces within your body. After your body no longer has these types of chemicals in it, you will find that the physical addiction to this drug is reduced. Which is one of the primary reasons that you need to detoxify your body if you wish to quit smoking marijuana. If you have ever attempted to quit smoking marijuana before, and did not detox your body, you have to have realized how difficult it was to try and quit.

If you truly want to quit smoking marijuana, you will find that this is one of the most complete programs you can find that will assist you to accomplish this. You can invest in this program right on the web and you are also going to find that $37.00 is all you are going to have to pay.   It’s well worth it and in fact for the costs of a couple of months of Netflix subscription you can be on your own way to a weed free life.  You are going to also discover that this includes a cash back guarantee, which is ideal for people who may be a little hesitant to try this program. You will have the ability to purchase and use this program for a complete two months to see if it’s everything that it’s cracked up to be, of course, if it is not, you can simply ask for a refund of your purchase. Due to this you have nothing to lose if you choose to give this program a try.

An Alcohol Treatment Revolution

We live in a time, when spreading information is easier than at any point in human history.  Potentially any of us can spread a message to literally millions of other people using the internet.  Whether it’s social media, a website or simply a comment on a popular page – the potential is there to reach a global audience.  In fact the problem is not the communication medium but the difficulty of information overload, there’s so much out there it’s sometimes hard to get heard above the noise.

However it’s still difficult to believe that sometimes great ideas or concepts don’t get out to wider audiences particularly in the medical research areas.   Now we’ve all probably flicked through pages of alleged miracle cures for everything from obesity to cancer involving diet, superfoods, lifestyle changes and drugs.

It’s incredibly difficult to sort out which have substance and which are the product of a vivid or deranged imagination.   It remind me of the character in the film ‘Contagion’ where a blogger pretends to ‘cure’ himself of the global epidemic that is wiping out humankind.  The reality is that the character was merely pretending to cure himself in order to   promote a drug that he had a financial interest in.  This I suspect is more commonplace than we might imagine and of course increases the scepticism that we all rightly should feel when looking  at information online.

Yet there are still cures, treatments and research which somehow get overlooked despite the wide reach of the internet.   One of the methods I became aware of is an alcohol treatment method called The Sinclair Method .  Now traditionally, treating someone who has problems with alcohol relies heavily on one specific word – abstinence.  Treatment is almost always centred around complete cessation of alcohol.  Although this is of course sensible in some respects, the problem is that it relies on constant and consistent willpower over many years.  Not surprisingly people find this very difficult to do and so cure rates are correspondingly small.

The Sinclair Method doesn’t advocate this as part of the treatment, in fact people are encouraged to carry on drinking to some extent.  The method involves taking drugs called Naltrexone and Nalmefene the latter which is distributed in Europe under the tradename Selincro (reference here) in pharmacies. This drug actually reduces the pleasure created by drinking alcohol, in effect blocking the receptors that cause alcoholism.  Slowly but surely, the patients will lose that desire to excessive drinking simply by removing the ‘buzz’.

The amazing thing is that it works, the drug starts reprogramming the brain to stop craving the pleasure of alcohol.  In fact it removes that pleasure and gradually patients reach a situation called pharmacological extinction.  The drug acts to eliminate the reinforcement of pleasure which takes place in the brain when people drink more alcohol.   It’s often not considered as a treatment by many because you must drink alongside the drug in order for it to work.   This of course is at a tangent to all traditional treatments which insist on total abstinence.

There are literally millions of people across the world who struggle with alcoholism on many levels and yet treatments like the Sinclair Method are largely unknown.   This is despite the fact that the treatment is clinically proved with trials reporting a success rate of over 78% much higher that referring patients to something like AA.   Sometimes information can be hidden but when it comes to the internet, it’s often hidden in plain sight!

John Williams

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Do We Really Need AI Art?

Do we really need computers to help in the world of art, music and drama? It’s a debate that has gone on for year, however only recently has it become a realistic situation. Artificial Intelligence is discovering its own way to the area of music, literature and artwork, raising never-before-considered questions regarding a creator’s function. Accessible work with on the web, the automated article applications, named Orpheus, has created thousands and tens of thousands of bits of songs since it was launched in 2007.

He explained AI functions nicely within the area of musical composition, since the established notions, systems and rules, like harmonics, make recruiting feasible.   The concept was beautifully explained in a programme on mathematics recently aired on the BBC, possibly still available on the BBC iPlayer if you use a UK proxy of some sort.

Orpheus users may set the parameters, correcting rhythm and pitch patterns to reflect exactly the nature of their songs they want to produce, ” he explained.

Sagayama has additionally “written” a tune with Orpheus and contains published it on the web.

AI can also be splitting ground in literature.

The researchers first made a plot while the applications written sentences predicated on it.

“it is a measure ahead,” stated Sato.

Using AI in creative projects, nevertheless, has increased concerns regarding intellectual property. Who owns the job made by AI? And can it be art?

Sagayama said songs created with Orpheus can’t “belong” into the app because the system isn’t any more compared to “a tool for essay”

A part of this panel, Tatsuhiro Ueno, professor of Education in Waseda University, stated under the present law there’s absolutely no copyright on AI-made artwork.

Ueno, nevertheless, mentioned there is not a very clear distinction between something created by a human lonely and some thing produced out of AI aid.

It ought to be set by “how widely people are involved,” he explained.

“The idea of writers (or even composers or designers) might become less significant,” Tama Art University professor Akihiro Kubota stated, foreshadowing that which he believes will function as a selection of new artwork forms created through human-AI collaborations.

Kubota along with also his group developed one creative endeavor when they sent to area a microsatellite transporting AI applications which written poetry and music predicated on fever and other information.

Further Reading:

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The Spiritual Martial Art – Tae Kwon Do

Many people engage in martial arts at all times of life, and for very different reasons. It may sound surprising that many martial arts have no recommended minimum or maximum ages. For example many older people take up sports like Tae Kwon Do in their middle or even later years.

A martial art that is popular all over the world for its spin kicks that are turbo fast and usually high and spectacular is Tae Kwon Do. The system is traditional in Korea where it evolved over very many years. You will find four separate disciplines with Tae Kwon Do, including sparring, break test, self defense and patters. Mastering all four disciplines forms the cornerstone a student has to grasp before being granted any of the advanced belt rankings. A student needs to pass an examination to be awarded a higher belt.

I personally came across this particular brand of Martial arts vie the video publishing site YouTube. I was doing some research for a new piece of software called the YouTube Keyword Planner, which if you have an interest you can see demonstrated here.

I was testing it with different seed keywords and one of those was martial arts and it was then I discovered that Tae Kwon Do was very well represented on YouTube with many great channels dedicated to the art.

Tae Kwon Do doesn’t prescribe any kind of minimum or maximum age for a student, and children can start at quite a young age. With games they are helped to develop fast responses and they find out about the limitations of their own skills. They are also taught about having respect. Kids and grown ups have different rules to follow in their respective competitive events. Kids are only allowed to kick or punch to the body and not to the head, although they are dressed in full body protection. The tournaments are what makes Tae Kwon Do so appealing to its students. Without the competitions there won’t be nearly as many players in this art.

People find watching the fiercely contested competitions highly interesting. They are not nearly as dangerous as Muay Thai fights, although many think their competitions are deadly. Safety gear is donned for the entire body, including the head. In the adult competitions it is allowed to kick to the head, but the majority of stylists have very little difficulty stopping them before they have a chance to land. Students can only take part in tournaments once they are considered to be adequately experienced. In order to win, expect it to take you several years to become up to scratch. Taking part in games is a fantastic way to learn new things, particularly if there are competitors from other parts of the world. There’s quite a few great TV programmes on Japanese, South Korean and Chinese sites although you may need a paid VPN subscription with servers in those countries to access them.

When matching up fighters you have to make sure that they are really at equal levels. There is no real contest when an individual with a black belt fights an individual rather unskilled, such as a white belt student. Apart from the basic punches, blocks and kicks, Tae Kwon Do also teaches the martial artist to perform stunning movements like spinning kicks. Because it’s quite popular all around the world, finding a place to learn the art is simple enough. You won’t just learn to defend yourself when you start Tae Kwon Do, this martial art form will also let you have a whole lot of fun and enrich your character.

Self-defence is an oft-quoted reason behind signing up for martial arts courses. If you’re worried about all the violence, you might be interested in mastering self defense. Even if you are not a violent individual, it is not a bad idea to know about self defense.

Guidance on Publishing Research Results Online

Nowadays there is an additional problem for the researcher – how to publish their results. The traditional format of publishing research to many outsiders seems to be the 200 page long PDF,  they are often huge mountains of text with conclusions buried within sandwiched between appendices and references.  It is of course difficult to present often complexed research and findings in an easy to digest format without losing much of  the substance that supports the conclusions.

Many of course include diagrams and graphics as part of their reports in an attempt to make the information more accessible to those without specialised knowledge or qualifications in that specific area.  After all it is the interests of all researchers to make their conclusions and work available to as many people as possible.

One of the biggest difficulties is that the skills needed to produce such format is often not available especially on smaller, tightly funded research projects.   Can you expect a Physics researcher or medical student to be a master in graphic design or computer animation, it’s certainly a bonus to a project but overall unlikely.

Fortunately now there are many tools online which can be used to present information more accessibly than traditional formats.  One of those products is Content Samurai which is video making software entirely stored online in the cloud.  It’s fairly simple to use and can be used to create slideshow type videos which can be used to summarise or conclude research projects, here’s a quick demonstration of it in use.

There are limitations of course to using software like this to create presentations. The format is deliberately kept simple in order to reduce the knowledge needed to use the application. You cannot for instance produce advanced editing techniques or special effects beyond those hard coded into the application. However it should be noted that using existing content you can produce a professional presentation in video format within a few minutes. The video produced is perfectly suitable for direct upload to video sites like YouTube and even grabbing a blog post like this – How to Watch the BBC iPlayer in Germany and turning it quickly into a video presentation which is the perfect place to distribute to a wider audience.

Of course this format is never going to be suitable for publishing the bulk of research findings, the format is simply not able to deliver large amounts of scientific data for example. However for summaries and conclusions it offers people without video creation skills the perfect solution. It’s obviously worth investigating the variety of online slideshow makers which are available, as some are more complex and powerful than others. It’s likely you can find something that can be used by most researchers.

Losing our Privacy Online

Many of us seem to accept that we will lose a certain amount of privacy the more our lives become centred around the digital world. After all when we post up details of where we are, what we are doing to hundreds or even thousands of people on social networking sites then it’s obvious privacy is not at the top of our concerns. However I suspect many have not even began to think of some of the wider issues involved and specifically whom we are allowing to see our details.

There are dangers involved and some more obvious than others. Many teenagers for example, have literally thousands of ‘friends’ in sites like Facebook – it’s almost like a popularity contest. A contest I might add am unlikely to win with my rather sad 67 friends listed currently. But imagine the teenager who announces to the masses that they are off on holiday for three weeks with their parents to their 2100 ‘friends’, what a great way for burglars to target properties, car thieves to steal cars or even identity thieves target individuals or their premises some might even use a fast UK VPN to avoid getting caught online.

Handy social apps which announce your location and status to everyone – sounds great, but do you really want thousands of virtual stalkers? Do you want your pictures and images distributed far and wide throughout the digital world. Because that is what happens, photos online can end up anywhere and not just with your few select friends.

The major issue with our browsing is that it is fundamentally built on something pretty much insecure – HTTP. The protocol that we mainly use to browse and surf the internet works great but has no security at all (HTTPS has some but very little). Everything is sent and distributed in clear text – all our posts, web browsing, downloads, messages included. This you can at least do something about by using software like this – demonstrated here.

But even that won’t help you when you’re using the web sites themselves and the internal security. Everything you are and do online has value and such it is valuable information to everyone from companies to governments. There is a reason that Facebook for example record every keystroke you make on their site, including stuff you decide to delete/don’t post – it’s because it’s useful to advertisers.

We feel that we’re in control of our identity when we browse the web but it’s simply not true. For example your IP address is used for a whole host of decisions about your browsing – what you see and how. Take the BBC site for example you are checked as soon as you log on to that site, if you’re ip address is not British then you won’t be able to use the amazing BBC Iplayer application. Well at least unless you do something like this Video – Watch BBC Iplayer from France.

The reality is that by default we have very little control of our personal information, although we can improve that situation. Be careful about what you post and where, check out VPNs and security software that encrypt your connection and make sure your security settings are controlled on any social web sites you use.

The Demise of Moore’s Law

It could be said that Moore’s law has been on the critical list for some time. It is obviously not a natural law like that of gravity. After 50 years, it has become cultural shorthand for innovation itself. There may have been many times that it has been broken. It’s difficult to comprehend Moore’s Law. Although it’s generally agreed upon that Moore’s Law will gradually collapse, the precise time of collapse isn’t certain. Therefore, the Moore’s law, that’s followed today, was born.

Video Making Software

When you learn how to use established technology properly it is not only going to change your everyday living. however, it will allow it to be better and more exciting in means by which you never believed possible. Certainly, our entire industry came out of a number of the early comprehension of the quantum mechanics of a number of the materials. The computer industry is going to be faced with many challenges if it’s to keep the growth standard determined by the Moore’s Law. In July this past year, the business changed this strategy. Meanwhile, some companies for the very first time aren’t able to decrease the cost of each small transistor.

Lawyers learn specific abilities and how to effectively utilize them. Actually, the law is now a market standard and is frequently utilized to set long-term research and development targets. The government may not be trusted in these types of matters. It’s becoming harder and more difficult to get funding for extended term research, particularly for the pure science topics.

Some research is going on to learn more about the potential for applying a little voltage to alter the color of the vehicle as desired. More knowledge doesn’t necessarily imply infinite understanding. It’s hard to overstate the significance of Moore’s Law to the whole world. Maximizing the worth of a professional legal coach necessitates commitment. It can be agreed upon that great ethics is a required portion of everyday living.

Many of us are acquainted with Moore’s law. Over the previous 30 years there’s been a lengthy string of industry experts who have predicted the conclusion of Moore’s Law within five to ten decades,” he states. The same is true for microfluidic sensors, which may be used to do biological assays and environmental tests.

Nobody can take this period of time any more. It was also at this time which I embraced the idea of system computer software simulation as a portion of the plan process. The very good times wouldn’t go on indefinitely. To comprehend why, it’s far better return to the start. The conclusion of Moore’s law isn’t a technical issue, it is a financial issue, says Bottoms. The conclusion of Moore’s Law isn’t a new matter.

Jason Williams

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China Launches New Satellite

China has launched an exciting development in the field of weather prediction – the Gaofen 1 satellite.  The satellite is classed as an Earth Observation device and has been launched by SASTIND – China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.  It is the very first satellite capable of broadcast high resolution pictures back to earth,

The device was actually developed by the Chinese Academy of Space Technology and the launch took place last Friday from the province of Gansu in  the North of the country. It was carried into orbit by a Long March rocket and there are great hopes for the satellite. It is hoped that it will provide numerous services for agriculture, disaster prevention and provide general environmental services to the scientific community. Particularly apt after the recent inclusion of China in the last Earth Hour.

China has suffered from many natural disasters in the last few years and it is hoped that Gaofen 1 will play an important role in initially predicting these events and also in monitoring events in progress. Many natural disaster cover huge areas especially things like floods and snowstorms, the satellite should be able to predict the extent of some of these events.

The Gaofen 1 can move very fast aswell so can be repositioned to cover different areas when needed.  Gaofen 1 is expected to be only the first in a series of these high resolution satellites that are launched.  In fact SASTIND are expected to launch about 5 more in the next three years or so.  These wll create a spation coverage and observation system across the country.

It is hoped that these satellites are only used for scientific and weather prediction purposes, although there is obviously a worry that their use is extended given the reputation for the regimes monitoring and controling it’s population.  Ironically many of the films of the launch were not accessible last week in China – with viewers receiving the message – that this youtube video not available in your country !  Fortunately most Chinese internet users are well used to this sort of filtering and  they are usually skilled in using security tools like proxies and VPNs to neatly sidestep these restrictions.