​Tech billionaire pays to be killed so his brain can be uploaded to a computer and preserved forever (Photos)

A United States’ Silicon Valley billionaire, has paid $10,000 to be killed in a suicidal way so the contents of his brain can be digitally uploaded and preserved forever in a computer.
                  Sam Altman
A 32-year-old Silicone Valley tech-billionaire, Sam Altman, is paying $10,000 to be killed so his brain can be digitally preserved forever in a computer.

According to a report by Dailymail UK , the entrepreneur is one of 25 people on a waiting list at Nectome, a startup company that says they can upload the contents of a person’s brain and store it on a computer.

But in exchange for eternally preserving his mind, Sam will have to die in a process similar to physician-assisted suicide which is only legal in five US states.

Somewhat ironically, the company Sam founded, Y Combinator, funds startups like Nectome.
The process he’s signed up for involves embalming the brain so it can later be simulated onto a computer, according to the MIT Technology Review.

The customer, alive, is hooked up to a machine and then injected with Nectome’s embalming chemicals. The company said the method is ‘100 percent fatal.’

‘The user experience will be identical to physician assisted suicide,’ Nectome’s co-founder Robert McIntyre told the Review.

On the company’s website, it says the mission is to ‘preserve your brain well enough to keep all its memories intact: from that great chapter of your favorite book to the feeling of cold winter air, baking an apple pie, or having dinner with your friends and family.

‘We believe that within the current century it will be feasible to digitize this information and use it to recreate your consciousness.’

The business pitch, similarly, said: ‘What if we told you we could back up your mind?’

Embalming fluid can keep a body frozen and intact, without the threat of it starting to decompose, for hundreds or potentially thousands of years. But in order for the procedure to work, the brain has to be fresh, according to the Review.

Nectome said it plans to connect people with a terminal illness who sign up to a heart and lung machine and pump the embalming mixture into their cateroid arteries in their necks while they are alive but under general anesthesia.

The practice does qualify as physician-assisted suicide, which is currently only legal in five out of the 50 states. And even in those states, an individual must have a terminal illness and have been told they will only live for six months or less.

The company has consulted lawyers familiar with the law, and said that if people have a terminal illness they believe this service will be legal to them.

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​US troops in Syria prepare for more Russian attacks after crushing up to 300 mercenaries in February battle.

Russians are now reportedly joining up to take revenge on the US after losing the fight in February.
US troops in Syria are digging in and preparing for future attacks after a massive battle played out in the country’s east

The US Brig. Gen. in charge of the US-led fight against ISIS confirmed that around 300 Russian mercenaries were killed in a massive battle with US forces on February 7, though the Kremlin denies it.

Russian websites have been seen as advertising jobs for more mercenaries, and a recruiter reportedly said Russians were now joining up to take revenge on the US after losing the fight in February.

US troops in Syria are digging in and preparing for future attacks after a massive battle played out in the country’s east that ended with up to 300 Russian mercenaries killed by US artillery and airpower.

Reporting from the ground in Syria, NBC News’ Richard Engel and Kennet Werner spoke to » Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga » , whose forces beat back the pro-Syrian government advance on a well known US position near valuable oilfields.

The Pentagon said the pro-Syrian forces, including many Russians hired by private military contractors, made an “unprovoked attack” on their positions with artillery fire. The US response included airstrikes and artillery shelling that sources say wiped out much of the advancing column in just minutes.

“Those artillery rounds could have landed and killed Americans, and that’s why we continue to prepare our defenses,” Braga, who directs the US-led operations against ISIS, told NBC News.

Braga also confirmed that it was largely Russian nationals that took part in the fighting, though the Kremlin denies this.

But despite the overwhelming victory that saw zero casualties on the US side, Braga said he’s “absolutely concerned” about further clashes in the future.

After the massive battle, Russian job listing sites were seen as advertising security work in Syria » , in what is likely a recruitment play for more mercenaries. A man claiming to recruit Russians to work as private military contractors said that the recruits he now met were

joining up to take revenge on the US » , after the battle shook their national pride.

Possible round two now, according to NBC News, the forces that once attacked the US sit just three miles away, and Braga is uneasy.

“There is no reason for that amount of combat power to be staring at us this closely,” Braga said. “I don’t think that’s healthy for de-escalation.”

As a result Braga’s forces are digging in and preparing for what could be a future clash.

Russia stands accused of using military contractors, or Russian nationals without proper Russian military uniforms, to conceal the true cost of fighting in places like Ukraine and Syria.

But when the Russian mercenaries were crushed by US airpower » , they reportedly had no anti-aircraft weaponry » .

It’s unclear how the Russian mercenaries and pro-Syrian government forces expect to stand a chance against the US without the involvement of the proper Russian military, or at least weapons that can take down the US Apache helicopters that are said to have strafed and mopped up the mercenaries towards the end of the battle » .

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​Trump taps Pompeo, dangerous Christian extremist for Secretary of State

Trump Taps Pompeo, Dangerous Christian Extremist, For Secretary Of State (Image by Gage Skidmore)
President Donald Trump has fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and replaced him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a dangerous Christian extremist.

  • Trump made the announcement that Tillerson was fired and Pompeo would replace him as secretary of state via Twitter earlier this morning:
  • Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, become our new Secretary of State will do a fantastic job! Thank you t Tillerson for his service! Gina Hasp become the new Director of the CI the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

Pompeo’s selection to serve as secretary of state is alarming but not surprising. As CIA Director Pompeo has rejected diversity and promoted conservative Christian dogma within the Central Intelligence Agency.

A recent report from Foreign Policy paints a dismal portrait of the CIA under Pompeo. According to the report, Pompeo was working to make the agency a bastion for white, male, Christian conservatives.

The Foreign Policy report explains:

  • The concerns are not that Pompeo is religious but that his religious convictions are bleeding over into the CIA.
  • According to four sources familiar with the matter, Pompeo, who attends weekly Bible studies held in government buildings, referenced God and Christianity repeatedly in his first all-hands speech and in a recent trip report while traveling overseas.

Commenting on the report, Raw Story notes:

  • Insiders — many of whom are afraid to come forward — say Pompeo’s religious beliefs are becoming part of CIA dogma to the dismay of longtime employees.

Michael Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, reports he is “being flooded with complaints about the creeping evangelical Christianity that is beginning to pervade the intelligence agency.”

Commenting on the discomfort of long-time agency insiders, Weinstein Notes:

  • They don’t typically file formal complaints within the government. But certain things are making them especially uncomfortable, such as officials signing off with the phrase ‘have a blessed day.’ That’s something straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale.

For the record, Mike Pompeo is a dangerous Christian extremist, and a sharp critic of Islam. Indeed, Pompeo even goes so far as to endorse the notion of a “Holy War” between Christians and Muslims, and believes the fight against terrorism is a war between Islam and Christianity.

Speaking at a church group in Wichita, Kansas, in 2014, Pompeo claimed that Christianity was the “only solution” to combat terrorism, arguing that the greatest “threat to America” is caused by “people who deeply believe that Islam is the way.”

Pompeo told the church-goers:

  • This threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer.
  • These folks believe that it is religiously driven for them to wipe Christians from the face of the earth.

Noting that “these folks” constitute a small minority among Muslims, Pompeo continued:

  • They abhor Christians, and will continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ our savior is truly the only solution for our world.

In addition, at an event hosted by a Virginia-based think in 2015, Pompeo again invoked the notion of a Holy War, describing the wars in which the U.S. is involved in as being “between the Christian West and the Islamic East.”

Cosmopolitan reports that Pompeo’s past comments concerning Muslims have drawn sharp criticism. For example, in the months after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Pompeo took to the House floor to call on Muslim leaders to denounce acts of terrorism committed in the name of Islam, declaring:

  • It’s been just under two months since the attacks in Boston, and in those intervening weeks, the silence of Muslim leaders has been deafening.

The future secretary of state went on to suggest that failing to condemn the terrorist attacks made Muslim leaders “potentially complicit” in those attacks.

In another anti-Muslim incident,, Pompeo, using veiled threats and intimidation tactics, forced a mosque located in Kansas to cancel an appearance by a prominent Muslim leader, in part because the speaker was scheduled to appear on the Christian holy day of Good Friday.

Bottom line: Pompeo is a dangerous Christian extremist. His Holy War mentality is alarming, and completely inappropriate for any individual serving as secretary of state. 

Source: patheos.com

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​US Court Fines Woman $16,000 For Braiding Hair

A Senegalese hairdresser has been forced to pay over $16,000 in fines after falling foul of a Tennessee law which outlawed employing workers who did not have a government licence to braid hair.
Fatou Diouf has been braiding hair all her life. She works professionally as a licenced natural hair stylist in the US’ State of Tennessee.

For her, hair braiding is a vocation that has brought her joy and remittances to support her family back home in Senegal. It’s also a means to support herself and her two children.

She said, “I never did any other job but hair braiding my whole life,” she said. “I cannot recall a time when I did not.”

But in recent times the job has become a burden. Fatou, who recently divorced her husband has been forced to pay $16,000 in fines to the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners.

Though braiders are free to work without a license in almost half the US, in Tennessee it’s not so since only licenced “natural hair stylists” may earn a living by braiding, twisting, wrapping, weaving, extending or locking hair.

She now pays $830 per month to the Tennessee government under a payment plan for her most recent violations. She says the payment is very stressful.

Based on her experiences, Diouf has become one of the most outspoken voices for reform. Together with the Institute for Justice and the Beacon Center, Fatou has testified in favour of a bill that would eliminate the state’s licence for natural hair stylists—and the Board’s basis for fining braiders.

“We can create more employment if this bill passes,” she said.

Diouf is not alone in the predicament. The Institute for Justice has identified nearly $100,000 in fines levied against dozens of braiders and more than 30 different natural hair shops and salons since 2009. All of those violations were for unlicensed braiding; none were triggered by any health or sanitation violation.

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​Major events in Trump’s decision to fire Rex Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
 Major events in President Donald Trump’s decision to fire his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson:

Dec. 13, 2016 — President Donald Trump announces that ExxonMobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson will serve as secretary of state. In a statement released by the presidential transition, Trump says Tillerson’s career “is the embodiment of the American dream” and his “tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State.”

Feb. 1, 2017 — Tillerson is confirmed by the Senate on a vote of 56-43. Tillerson was pressed during his confirmation hearings about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin while he led Exxon.

June 2, 2017 — Trump announces plans for the U.S. to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Tillerson had opposed the decision along with some other senior White House officials.

July 20, 2017 — Trump attends a heated national security meeting at the Pentagon on Afghanistan strategy. Tillerson reportedly privately calls Trump a “moron” after the session.

July 26, 2017 — Tillerson tells reporters he’s “not going anywhere” amid reports of tensions with the White House over policy decisions. He describes his relationship with the president in a positive light and says he would stay “as long as the president lets me.”

Aug. 27, 2017 — Tillerson says in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that the U.S. is committed to advancing American values in the aftermath of the White House response to a rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier in the month. Asked about the values of Trump, Tillerson says, “the president speaks for himself.”

Sept. 30, 2017 — Tillerson says the U.S. has a few channels in which it has been in contact with North Korea and was “probing” to see if Pyongyang would be willing to engage in direct talks on its missile and nuclear programs.

Oct. 1, 2017 — Trump tweets that he doesn’t think it’s worth seeking talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

Oct. 4, 2017 — Tillerson tells reporters he is not considering leaving his post following reports that he had referred to Trump as a “moron.” Tillerson declines to address the report itself, saying he is “not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration.”

March 8, 2018 — Tillerson says during a visit to Ethiopia that the U.S is not ready for direct talks with North Korea. He says “the first step” is “some kind of talks about talks.” Trump, in Washington, decides later that day to accept an invitation to meet with North Korea’s leader after an Oval Office meeting that included Vice-President Mike Pence, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

March 9, 2018 — Trump decides to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

March 12, 2018 — House Speaker Paul Ryan is informed of the president’s decision to replace Tillerson.

March 13, 2018 — Trump tweets, “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!” Trump tells reporters that Tillerson will be “much happier now.”

Source: ottawacitizen.com

​Why I sacked US Secretary of state, Tillerson – Trump

President Donald Trump of the US has revealed why he sacked US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
Trump dismissed him via a tweet on Tuesday.

“I just fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Yesterday Rex said something mean about Putin.

“I’ve warned every American that under no circumstances was anyone allowed to criticize Putin or Russia (even if they committed acts of war against us). Mike Pompeo will replace Rex,” Trump tweeted.

​US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson arrives Nigeria today

The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will arrive Nigeria today as part of his one week tour of some African countries.
He would be received on arrival by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador, Olukunle Bamgbose, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

His visit will make him the highest ranking official in the Donald Trump’s administration to visit Nigeria.

According to a Press Advisory from the US Embassy, the Secretary would hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

It is believed that the talks would centre around economic development, humanitarian assistance as well as insecurity.

According to the US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Don Yamamoto, Africa’s propensity for growth in the next century presents both a huge challenge as well as opportunities that must be well harnessed for the betterment of Africa and the world at large.

Speaking in a telephonic press briefing last week, Yamamoto said: “… We ask a lot of good questions about what is Africa going to look like in the year 2100 and beyond? If Africa is going to have a population of about 40 per cent of the world’s population, over 30 per cent of the world’s labour force, but more important is that it’s going to be really hugely youthful. Over 70 per cent, probably, under the age of 25.

“But more important is the potential for high rates of unemployment if we don’t position ourselves now to look at how we can develop Africa and be a part of that development and really the opportunity.

“You know, we call Africa the “final frontier” for freedom and opportunity, and really that is the answer. If you look at Africa today, you see so many other countries in the Congo and other places, looking at the rare earth minerals and metals

“The US looks at that, but more important, it looks at how can we help the African states and countries benefit from their own resources? How can the African states and populations continue to grow and develop? And really that’s our main focal point.

Though countries scheduled in Tillerson’s first round of visit include Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Chad, and Nigeria, however Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya are considered crucial to the US.

“Some of the scenes – let me just tell you – the scenes in these countries are three of the countries that we will be going to house three of the four largest American embassies in Africa. So they are cornerstone, pillar countries, as Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria.

“The other issue, too, is we’re looking at how these countries can play a really predominant role in growth, because they all have about 8-9 per cent economic growth rates.

Other areas of interest to the US that may likely form part of discussion borders around institution building. “We can’t have really robust economic development and addressing the ingenuity, the creativity of the people of Africa, unless we have strong institutions, governance, strong economic institutions that will really ignite and stimulate growth. And of course, human rights is also another important issue,” he said.

Tillerson has been on a week-long tour of Africa. He has visited the horn of Africa just days after he announced a new $533 million aid package for Africa.

He has also raised issues for international debate when last Thursday he advised Africans to be wary of loans received from China, so that they don’t forfeit their sovereignty as a nation.

Tillerson also said that Chinese investments “do not bring significant job creation locally” and criticised how Beijing structured loans to African government.

Source: thisdaylive.com