Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Welcome to the Gathering...

Gathering of the Tribes is an affinity network producing cultural enrichment for the northeast San Pablo bay area. Contact us for info about our Liberated Zones [GOTT.Productions@) gmail.com] [facebook.com]

FM Radio Programs
Our Tribal network is liberating the airwaves at 89.5 FM in the northeast San Pablo Bay Area (American Canyon, Benicia, Crockett, Fairfield, Suisun, Vallejo), courtesy of Ozcat Radio [link].
Tune in with our Smart Phone Tune-in App [link], Desktop U-stream [link], Live Mp3 (.pls) stream[link], and on your Netbook / Tablet [link].
* Northbay UpRising morning show! [link] Tuesdays, 6 to 9am, local rock, hip-hop, and reggae  communitarian culture, news and info, hosted by Dr.G.!
* The Mothership Connection! [link] Saturdays, 5 to 5:30pm, with Mis Demeanor, community, culture, and local music!
* Gathering of the Tribes radio! [link], Thursdays, 5 to 6pm with Rock, Tribal News and a Liberated Zone calender, hosted by Renegade Illuminati Dr.G.
* MisDemeanor's Hitlist: "Best in Bay Area Bangas"! [link] Thursdays, 3 to 4pm, with Hip-Hop, interviews, exclusive tracks, and more, hosted by Mis Demeanor!
Gathering of the Tribes music pages include bios and links to many of the local musicians we include in our FM radio playlist [gottmusic.blogspot.com].
* Donate to Ozcat Radio here at [link]! Donations to Ozcat Radio help keep community radio alive and free! Please note, Ozcat Radio, their sponsors and associates, are not responsible for content produced for broadcast purposes or on the Web by the Gathering of the Tribes

Liberated Zones and live showcases 
At venues around the Bay, including The Gathering, a Liberated Zone for InDIYpendent Culture!
With an open mic, featured performers and artists, and the Northbay 'zine Library! Contact us for more info.

Northbay 'zine Library [NorthbayZineLibrary.blogspot.com]

Northbay Evolver Network (affiliate)
[NorthbayEvolverNetwork.blogspot.com] [facebook.com/northbay.evolver]

1st Amendment Distributions (affiliate)
[1stAmendmentDistro.blogspot.com], distributing "underground" periodicals, including newspapers, 'zines, and fliers.

Tribal Pow-Wows!
The Gathering of the Tribes invites you to create a Liberated Zone. Pow-Wow sessions are held monthly on every 3rd Friday at 8pm (after the open mic) at the IntegreTea 717 Marin st. in Vallejo's Art District! 
* Guerrilla movie showings!
* InDIYpendant Culture Fair!
* Really Really Free Market!
* Gathering of the Tribes music festival!
* Community radio journalism!
* Peace & Justice (have fun while saving the world) [link]!
* The Northbay 'zine & comix library [link]!
* Updates about affiliated alternative arts networks, including the Northbay Evolver Network [link]!
* Organize Live & local showcases of music and talent at various venues in the Northbay!
* Northbay Freeschool [link]: The Northbay Freeschool is a catalog where people can find a free class to learn basic life skills, vocational information, and fringe subjects. Includes various Free School networks in other parts of the Bay.
* 1st Amendment Distributions: A free newspaper, 'zine and magazine distribution service [link].
* Ozcat and V-CAT: Would you like to learn how to produce Indy Media?
* Vallejo Youth Commission: Alternative arts needs a voice on this community organization.
* Create a Liberated Zone [link]! Liberated Zones around the San Pablo Bay and beyond [link]!
Contribute to the Gathering of the Tribes by making a small donation. 
$5 makes a lotta fliers!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 25th GOTT Radio

Gathering of the Tribes radio! [link], A Liberated Zone on the FM, to enhance alternative culture and cognitive freedom! Listen Live! Thursdays, 5 to 6pm with Music, Tribal News and info, convened by Dr.G., a Renegade Illuminati with Thee Temple [link], alongside a psychonautical crew affiliated with the Northbay Evolver network [link]. Sponsored by H2C.org, providing holistic medicine for a variety of physical and mental conditions, as provided under Cal. Prop. 215. Tune in at 89.5FM in the northeast San Pablo Bay Area (American Canyon, Benicia, Crockett, Fairfield, Suisun, Vallejo), Smart Phone Tune-in App [link], Desktop U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], Live Mp3 (.pls) stream[link], Netbook / Laptop [link].
Send info, music tracks, events listings etc., to [GOTT.PRODUCTIONS@) Gmail.com]

New Music and an Interview with...
One -Leg Chuck
Rasta-Billy band from Northern California

Stranger News
* "Argonne scientists announce first room-temperature magnetic skyrmion bubbles" (2015-06-12, anl.gov) [archive.is/kbobu]

* "Scientists tune X-rays with tiny mirrors" (2015-05-05, anl.gov) [archive.is/06KUE]

* "Planarian Regeneration Model Discovered by Artificial Intelligence" (2015-06-04, tufts.edu) [archive.is/COOAl]

Space News
* "Moon engulfed in permanent, lopsided dust cloud" (2015-06-17, colorado.edu) [archive.is/oE8X9]

* "Titan’s atmosphere even more Earth-like than previously thought" (2015-06-18, ucl.ac.uk) [archive.is/XY9x6]

Ancient News

* "An Underground City of Giants discovered in the Grand Canyon" (locklip.com) page 1 [archive.is/paG7s], page 2 [archive.is/fMJ1d] [begin excerpt]: According to an article published in The Arizona Gazette on April 5, 1909, the Grand Canyon was once home to civilization that most likely consisted of individuals of cyclopean proportions. If such a civilization ever lived, surely it would have left behind some structure as a testament of its existence. The article mentions the discovery of an enormous underground citadel by an explorer named G.E. Kinkaid, who stumbled upon it while rafting on the Colorado River. It is worth mentioning that Kinkaid was an established archaeologist and had financial backing from the Smithsonian Institute. The entrance to the city was at the end of a  tunnel that stretched for almost a mile underground. The architecture suggested the builders of the underground city possessed advanced engineering skills. The central hub of the subterranean city was a mammoth chamber out of which passageways radiated like spokes on a wheel. The walls of the main chamber were adorned with copper weapons and tablets covered in hieroglyphic symbols, not dissimilar to those found in Egypt. Another finding that pointed to an Egyptian link were the mummified bodies, by far the most intriguing things inside the citadel. No mummy measured less than 9 feet and all of them were wrapped in dark linen. Kinkaid wrote he had stood one of them up and photographed it by flashlight, but that photo is nowhere to be found.There are some who believe the story of the subterranean city of giants is true and that a tight lid has been carefully placed on top of the affair. Conspiracy theorist John Rhodes once said he knew the exact location of the entrance to the city but that it was guarded 24/7 by soldiers carrying M-16 rifles. Another idea floating around the internet said that the underground city now serves as a museum for the shadowy ruling class. Needless to say, the Smithsonian Institute denied knowledge of the existence of such an enigmatic subterranean city, but their disclosure fails to convince everyone. The abundance of conspiracy theories built around the idea that the Smithsonian actively hides or destroys evidence in order to maintain the standard historical viewpoint does little to help the issue. Due to an acute absence of evidence, it seems that for the moment, the story of an underground city of giants is just that – a story. [end excerpt]

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 18th, GOTT Radio

Gathering of the Tribes radio! [link], A Liberated Zone on the FM, to enhance alternative culture and cognitive freedom! Listen Live! Thursdays, 5 to 6pm with Music, Tribal News and info, convened by Dr.G., a Renegade Illuminati with Thee Temple [link], alongside a psychonautical crew affiliated with the Northbay Evolver network [link]. Sponsored by H2C.org, providing holistic medicine for a variety of physical and mental conditions, as provided under Cal. Prop. 215. Tune in at 89.5FM in the northeast San Pablo Bay Area (American Canyon, Benicia, Crockett, Fairfield, Suisun, Vallejo), Smart Phone Tune-in App [link], Desktop U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], Live Mp3 (.pls) stream[link], Netbook / Laptop [link].
Send info, music tracks, events listings etc., to [GOTT.PRODUCTIONS@) Gmail.com]

Tribal News 

Stranger News
* "Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound" (2015-03-23, osu.edu) [archive.is/LxJIi]

* "Stanford engineers' breakthrough heralds super-efficient light-based computers" (2015-05-28, engineering.stanford.edu) [archive.is/BQ3xH]

* "Engineers develop a computer that operates on water droplets" (2015-06-09, phys.org) [archive.is/YovVV]

* "Donuts, math, and superdense teleportation of quantum information" (2015-05-28, engineering.illinois.edu) [archive.is/YVjXo]

Space News
* "Similarities between aurorae on Mars and Earth; An international team of researchers has for the first time predicted the occurrence of aurorae visible to the naked eye on a planet other than Earth" (201-05-27, aalto.fi) [archive.is/SVXWD]

* "Bright Spots Shine in Newest Dawn Ceres Images" (2015-06-10, jpl.nasa.gov) [archive.is/GyvBW]
Vote on your favorite explanation for the bright lights of Ceres [jpl.nasa.gov/dawn/world_ceres]

The Saturn planetary system, orbiting our star Sol, is surrounded by a dust ring larger than predicted, regulated by the orbit of the planet Iapetus which sweeps up the dust, keeping it clear of the inner ring of planets orbiting Saturn.
* "Biggest Ring Around Saturn Just Got Supersized" (2015-06-10, space.com) [archive.is/uyKgS]. Image caption: This NASA graphic shows the relationship between Saturn's giant Phoebe ring and the planet's moons Phoebe and Iapetus. Phoebe serves as the source of the ring's material while Iapetus is embedded in the ring.

This artist's conception shows how Saturn's giant Phoebe ring would appear as seen in infrared light. Here, the ring is set against a background of stars lit by faint nebulas. See full image at [archive.is/gSJHC]

Ancient News
* "Poorly preserved fossil features evidence of dino blood" (2015-06-09, UPI Newswire) [archive.is/X31ot] [begin excerpt]: Researchers at Imperial College London believe they've identified red blood cells and collagen fibers in a poorly preserved dinosaur bone.
It's not the first time researchers have located dino blood, but if the latest discovery is confirmed, it may suggests preserved soft tissue is more abundant than previously thought.
"Although remnants of soft tissues have previously been discovered in rare, exceptionally preserved fossils," lead researcher Susannah Maidment explained in a press release, "what is particularly exciting about our study is that we have discovered structures reminiscent of blood cells and collagen fibres in scrappy, poorly preserved fossils." [end excerpt]

* "Out of Africa via Egypt" (2015-06-01, sanger.ac.uk) [archive.is/7RpTB]

* "Archaeologists find evidence of prehistoric gold trade" (2015-06-05, AFP Newswire) [archive.is/5DB4A] [begin excerpt]: An ancient route between Britain and Ireland supported a gold trade as far back as the early Bronze Age. Archaeologists in England say the trading of gold among the people of the British Isles dates back to 2,500 B.C.
The revelation is largely thanks to a new identification technique, which uses chemical signatures to trace the origins of gold artifacts. The measuring technique suggests some of Ireland's oldest gold artifacts are forged from foreign gold -- ores sourced from Cornwall, England.
"This is an unexpected and particularly interesting result as it suggests that Bronze Age gold workers in Ireland were making artefacts out of material sourced from outside of the country, despite the existence of a number of easily-accessible and rich gold deposits found locally," Chris Standish, an archaeologist at the University of Southampton and lead author of a study on the early gold trade, explained in a press release. [end excerpt]

Twin mounds outside Marinka (Donetsk region of Novorossiya, 2015-06-06)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

June 11th, GOTT Radio

Gathering of the Tribes radio! [link], A Liberated Zone on the FM, to enhance alternative culture and cognitive freedom! Listen Live! Thursdays, 5 to 6pm with Music, Tribal News and info, convened by Dr.G., a Renegade Illuminati with Thee Temple [link], alongside a psychonautical crew affiliated with the Northbay Evolver network [link]. Sponsored by H2C.org, providing holistic medicine for a variety of physical and mental conditions, as provided under Cal. Prop. 215. Tune in at 89.5FM in the northeast San Pablo Bay Area (American Canyon, Benicia, Crockett, Fairfield, Suisun, Vallejo), Smart Phone Tune-in App [link], Desktop U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], Live Mp3 (.pls) stream[link], Netbook / Laptop [link].
Send info, music tracks, events listings etc., to [GOTT.PRODUCTIONS@) Gmail.com]

NOTE: the "news" from June 4th is being posted on the page for June 11th. For you in the audience who are interested in the Space News of the previous broadcast, scroll down. This webpage ain't finished yet, and new content will be added through June 11th.

** FOODie - "Wormwood Conspiracy"
** Lee Howard's Musical Universe - "Arrival to Orgasma"
** Talib Kweli - "The Actual"
** Trevor Lyon - "Run Babylon"
** Trevor Lyon, Mendo Dope - "Gateway Love"

Tribal News 
* "The Psychedelic Transhumanists" (2009-09-29, hplusmagazine.com) [archive.is/n3EqA] [begin excerpt]: Transhumanism in a fortune cookie: the familiar human world is just one point along a continuum of evolution, and we have an unprecedented capacity to participate in that process. And yet, the future being as slippery as it is, there are as many visions for how this might occur as there are visionaries to guess at it. Computer scientists tend to have one transhumanism; genetic engineers, another. However, coherent themes emerge for those who have taken it upon themselves to make a sweeping survey of human inquiry, integrating a keen reading of the vectors of our technology with postmodern insight into the nature of mind.
Some of these thinkers have been catalyzed by the psychedelic experience — in a way, the most informative window into a world beyond the human that we have yet discovered. They understand the message of psychedelics and the message of technology to converge on the horizon of a deeper reading of reality that recognizes mind and matter as dimensions of the same truth — a truth for which language has ill-prepared us.
Among the ranks of these “psychedelic transhumanists” are legendary rebels like Timothy Leary, wise fools like Terence McKenna, cultural commentators like Erik Davis and Mark Pesce and avantpsychopharmacologists like David Pearce. Hailing from disparate knowledge domains, they all share a hyperliterate intelligence that is, in its own way, rigorous. Their arguments are not necessarily subject to the conventional scientific method, but they are not so easily refuted.
Their common vision shares much with the rest of the transhuman community, including an embrace of technology and science as both potent and inevitable; an evolutionary model of the universe and humanity; a sense of the human organism as something that can be tinkered with and expanded; a recognition of drugs as a technology that can dramatically reinvent identity, and a playful challenging of fixed boundaries. In many ways they demonstrate the seed of transhumanism in this moment by exemplifying self-revision and the reevaluation of assumptions as an open ended and ongoing process. And along the way, they tatter the mechanistic control fantasies we have held onto in spite of our most sophisticated inquiries.

* "Transcendence: R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell Talk Singularity, Psychedelics and Technoculture" (2015-03-23, realitysandwich.com) [archive.is/nQxzy] [begin excerpt]: Did you know that there’s such a thing as psychedelic transhumanism? Or that Timothy Leary’s SMI2LE (Space Migration, Increased Intelligence, Life Extension) is likely the second “explicitly, broadly transhumanist message to go into circulation?” Well, as you venture deeper into the terrain of transhumanism, this jumbled Rorschach of psychedelia, D.I.Y. culture, personal computers, Silicon Valley and A.I. actually starts to make sense. [end excerpt]

Stranger News
* "One Step Closer to a Single-Molecule Device" (2015-06-03, engineering.columbia.edu) [archive.is/Jvt2e] [begin excerpt]: Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so, they have developed molecular diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs. Venkataraman’s group is the first to develop a single-molecule diode that may have real-world technological applications for nanoscale devices. Their paper, “Single-Molecule Diodes with High On-Off Ratios through Environmental Control,” was published May 25 in Nature Nanotechnology. [end excerpt]

* "DNA Double Helix Does Double Duty in Assembling Arrays of Nanoparticles; Synthetic pieces of biological molecule form framework and glue for making nanoparticle clusters and arrays" (2015-05-25, bnl.gov) [archive.is/eS3J3] [begin excerpt]: In a new twist on the use of DNA in nanoscale construction, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators put synthetic strands of the biological material to work in two ways: They used ropelike configurations of the DNA double helix to form a rigid geometrical framework, and added dangling pieces of single-stranded DNA to glue nanoparticles in place.
The method, described in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, produced predictable clusters and arrays of nanoparticles—an important step toward the design of materials with tailored structures and functions for applications in energy, optics, and medicine. [end excerpt]
[image caption] Scientists built octahedrons using ropelike structures made of bundles of DNA double-helix molecules to form the frames (a). Single strands of DNA attached at the vertices (numbered in red) can be used to attach nanoparticles coated with complementary strands. This approach can yield a variety of structures, including ones with the same type of particle at each vertex (b), arrangements with particles placed only on certain vertices (c), and structures with different particles placed strategically on different vertices (d).

* "Electric thruster propels China's interstellar ambitions" (2015-06-08, news.xinhuanet.com) [archive.is/9QAXa] [begin excerpt]:
An electric thruster, creating a thrust as gentle as a breath blowing out a candle, could send a spacecraft to Mars, so long as it keeps "blowing" and accelerating the craft over time. Electric propulsion is regarded as one of the top cutting-edge space technologies as it could make humans go into deep space at a lower cost than other forms of propulsion. The few countries mastering the technology have kept it confidential. Relying on its own efforts, China has developed the state-of-the-art technology, following the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan, and hopes to enter the international electric propulsion communication satellite market.
China plans to send its first full electric propulsion satellite into orbit around 2020, providing broadband communication data transmission to China and neighboring regions, according to Wang Min, deputy chief designer of the communication satellite, at the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). China also plans to launch a hybrid propulsion communication satellite at the end of 2016. The electric propulsion system would be used in China's space station in the future, Wang says.
Electric propulsion systems are mainly of the ion thruster or Hall thruster types. They are essentially similar, using electricity to ionize the propellant, usually xenon, and accelerating the ions to produce thrust. The biggest advantage of electric propulsion is that it uses a tenth of the amount of propellant required by traditional chemical propulsion systems. A typical 5-tonne chemical propulsion communication satellite contains three tonnes of fuel. With an electric propulsion system, it would only need 300 kg of propellant, Wang says. [end excerpt]

Space News
* "Mystery methane on mars: the saga continues; A scientist has raised questions about the latest detection of methane on Mars, suggesting that NASA’s rover could be responsible for the mysterious burp. Highly unlikely, but not impossible, says the Curiosity team" (2015-05-14, astrobio.net) [archive.is/c1Tdg]

* "NASA Lets You Experience "Pluto Time" with New Custom Tool" (2015-06-05, solarsystem.nasa.gov) [archive.is/CBUoB] [begin excerpt]:
Just how dim is the sunlight on Pluto, some three billion miles away? While sunlight is much weaker than it is here on Earth, it isn't as dark as you might expect. In fact, for just a moment during dawn and dusk each day, the illumination on Earth matches that of high noon on Pluto.
We call this "Pluto Time". If you go outside at this time on a clear day, the world around you will be as dim as the surface of Pluto.
It's always Pluto Time somewhere, and NASA wants to see your view, using a new interactive widget that provides the approximate time, based on your location. The tool also allows you to set reminders for upcoming Pluto Times.
Go out and see what Pluto Time looks like! Take a photo during your Pluto Time - preferably with a local landmark - and share it on social media with #PlutoTime. We'll highlight some of the most interesting shots from around the world and combine your photos into a mosaic image of Pluto and its moons to be unveiled in August.
Once you've experienced Pluto Time - yourself or with friends and family - join NASA in counting down the days to New Horizons' historic flyby of Pluto and its moons.
Following a more than nine-year journey, New Horizons will pass approximately 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) above Pluto's surface, reaching its closest approach at 7:49 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 14.
The New Horizons mission is the first in NASA's New Frontiers program and the first mission to the Kuiper Belt, a gigantic zone of icy bodies and small planets orbiting beyond Neptune. The lightweight New Horizons spacecraft will zip through the Pluto system at more than 30,000 mph (about 50,000 km/h) with the most powerful suite of science instruments ever sent on a first reconnaissance mission.
For more information, sample photos, and to experience Pluto Time for yourself, go to:

* "NASA's Hubble Finds Pluto's Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos" (2015-06-03, solarsystem.nasa.gov) [archive.is/jnmk3], image [archive.is/vT22J]


* "How spacetime is built by quantum entanglement: New insight into unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics" (2015-05-27, ipmu.jp) [archive.is/BDtOC]
A collaboration of physicists and a mathematician has made a significant step toward unifying general relativity and quantum mechanics by explaining how spacetime emerges from quantum entanglement in a more fundamental theory. The paper announcing the discovery by Hirosi Ooguri, a Principal Investigator at the University of Tokyo’s Kavli IPMU, with Caltech mathematician Matilde Marcolli and graduate students Jennifer Lin and Bogdan Stoica, will be published in Physical Review Letters as an Editors’ Suggestion “for the potential interest in the results presented and on the success of the paper in communicating its message, in particular to readers from other fields.”
Physicists and mathematicians have long sought a Theory of Everything (ToE) that unifies general relativity and quantum mechanics. General relativity explains gravity and large-scale phenomena such as the dynamics of stars and galaxies in the universe, while quantum mechanics explains microscopic phenomena from the subatomic to molecular scales.
The holographic principle is widely regarded as an essential feature of a successful Theory of Everything. The holographic principle states that gravity in a three-dimensional volume can be described by quantum mechanics on a two-dimensional surface surrounding the volume. In particular, the three dimensions of the volume should emerge from the two dimensions of the surface. However, understanding the precise mechanics for the emergence of the volume from the surface has been elusive.
(Image:) Holographic Mapping Discovered by Ooguri and Collaborators: The mathematical formula derived by Ooguri and his collaborators relates local data in the extra dimensions of the gravitational theory, depicted by the red point, are expressed in terms of quantum entanglements, depicted by the blue domes. (credit: Jennifer Lin et al.)
Now, Ooguri and his collaborators have found that quantum entanglement is the key to solving this question. Using a quantum theory (that does not include gravity), they showed how to compute energy density, which is a source of gravitational interactions in three dimensions, using quantum entanglement data on the surface. This is analogous to diagnosing conditions inside of your body by looking at X-ray images on two-dimensional sheets. This allowed them to interpret universal properties of quantum entanglement as conditions on the energy density that should be satisfied by any consistent quantum theory of gravity, without actually explicitly including gravity in the theory.  The importance of quantum entanglement has been suggested before, but its precise role in emergence of spacetime was not clear until the new paper by Ooguri and collaborators.
Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon whereby quantum states such as spin or polarization of particles at different locations cannot be described independently. Measuring (and hence acting on) one particle must also act on the other, something that Einstein called “spooky action at distance.” The work of Ooguri and collaborators shows that this quantum entanglement generates the extra dimensions of the gravitational theory.
Comment from paper author Hirosi Ooguri:
"It was known that quantum entanglement is related to deep issues in the unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics, such as the black hole information paradox and the firewall paradox. Our paper sheds new light on the relation between quantum entanglement and the microscopic structure of spacetime by explicit calculations. The interface between quantum gravity and information science is becoming increasingly important for both fields. I myself am collaborating with information scientists to pursue this line of research further." All figures are found at [web.ipmu.jp/press/20150527-PRJentanglement]