Konstantinos-The ‘last’ announcement

Hello dear friends and readers. I would like to let you know that for some time now I feel a nudge to close down my two blogs, ‘Awakening to the Divine’ and ‘Konstantinos’s Lightwork’. Lately, and by that I mean for the last 4 months or so, I seem to wish to focus more on my personal work among other things. My personal work is about writing and drawing the story/ies that I create. It’s about the field of the 9th art or else known as comic book industry.

And I know that like elsewhere, there too, someone can find all kinds of things: from the most admirable work to the most profane. Though I recognize that these two sound too definite and I have seen for myself that everything have something good to offer. And I wish to continue offering good and do my work for the Light through that kind of field and not through the blogs anymore.

I feel that they have served their purpose, to me and to you all, in different ways, hope mostly beneficial.  That means though, that I’ll have to leave for good my web connections with all of you and with some people who I have come to interact with since November 2011. I got inspired and learned many things from all these beautiful persons.

I could start mentioning names but they are many and even by mentioning some of them, I feel that it wouldn’t be fair for the rest of them. So I prefer to refer to them all in a general way. I’m talking about a group of people that welcomed me in their company warmly and fulheartedly. I’ll never forget them.

I hope these people and each one of you out there, to continue doing your work for the Light, for the benefit of this world, its people and the rest of its life forms. I’ll sure continue trying to do my best not only through the field I mentioned above but through other ways as well (as I do already, actually). But not through blogs from now on, at least that’s how I feel about it for the time being.

I’d be glad to keep contacts with those who would like to find me via e-mail or skype, just know that I won’t do ‘readings’ or ‘channelings’ for anyone anymore. And in the end, why should I? I remind you, the voice of your God Self lies in each one of you. When we decide to exercise the ability to hear it, then we learn a little more about being masters of ourselves. Of course this isn’t as simple as it sound but it’s worth it. And I still learn about it and many other things as well.

I’ll try (since I haven’t done this before) to close down the blogs in the next hours or tomorrow.

I Love you all, people. Continue offering through your own paths, the good that this world seems to need so much. I’ll continue being with you on this.

All the best to all of you (-_-) <3 !

Konstantinos

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Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/30/258313116/mapping-emotions-on-the-body-love-makes-us-warm-all-over

by MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF

December 30, 2013 4:04 PM
People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas.

People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas.

Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen.

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other’s eyes over a latte.

Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got “butterflies in your stomach” or you’re heart raced with excitement.

When a team of scientists in Finland asked people to map out where they felt different emotions on their bodies, it found that the results were surprisingly consistent, even across cultures.

People reported that happiness and love sparked activity across nearly the entire body, while depression had the opposite effect: It dampened feelings in the arms, legs and head. Danger and fear triggered strong sensations in the chest area, the volunteers said. And anger was one of the few emotions that activated the arms.

The scientists hope that these body emoticons may one day help psychologists diagnose or treat mood disorders.

“Our emotional system in the brain sends signals to the body so we can deal with our situation,” says Lauri Nummenmaa, a psychologist at Aalto University who lead the study.

“Say you see a snake and you feel fear,” Nummenmaa says. “Your nervous system increases oxygen to your muscles and raises your heart rate so you can deal with the threat. It’s an automated system. We don’t have to think about it.”

That idea has been known for centuries. But scientists still don’t agree on whether these bodily changes are distinct for each emotion and whether this pattern serves as a way for the mind to consciously identify emotions.

Basic emotions, such as happiness, sadness and fear, form the building blocks for more complex feelings.

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To try and figure out that out, Nummenmaa and his team ran a simple computer experiment with about 700 volunteers from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan.

The team showed the volunteers two blank silhouettes of person on a screen and then told the subjects to think about one of 14 emotions: love, disgust, anger, pride, etc. The volunteers then painted areas of the body that felt stimulated by that emotion. On the second silhouette, they painted areas of the body that get deactivated during that emotion.

“People find the experiment quite amusing. It’s quite fun,” Nummenmaa tells Shots. “We kept the questions online so you try the experiment yourself.” (You can try it here.)

Not everybody painted each emotion in the same way. But when the team averaged the maps together, signature patterns emerged for each emotion. The team published these sensation maps Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The team still doesn’t know how these self-reported sensations match with the physiological responses that occur with emotion.

But previous studies have found marked changes in bodily sensations in mood disorders, Nummenmaa says. “For instance, with depression sometimes people have pain in their chest.”

And there’s even some evidence that when you change your own body language — like your posture or stance — you can alter your mind.

Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, who was not involved in this study, says he’s “delighted” by Nummenmaa’s findings because they offer more support for what he’s been suggesting for years: Each emotion activates a distinct set of body parts, he thinks, and the mind’s recognition of those patterns helps us consciously identify that emotion.

“People look at emotions as something in relation to other people,” Damasio, who is a professor at the University of Southern California, says. “But emotions also have to do with how we deal with the environment — threats and opportunities.” For those, Damasio says, you need your body as well as your mind.

Dr. M. T. Keshe’s Vision for a New World [Video]

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Dr. M. T. Keshe’s Vision for a New World [Video]

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Date: Sunday, 15-Dec-2013 14:04:02

Dr. M. T. Keshe’s Vision for a New World [Video]

Text: “Good trade… Watch the warp speed.”
Reblogged from 13th Paradigm
If you found it difficult or a little dry to wade through the information on the Keshe Foundation web site, this is a wonderful summary of what those technologies will yield. Dr. Keshe is a spunky and courageous guy!
Oh, and some people doubt his ability to follow through with his claims but we shall soon see if he can deliver. ~BP
Dr. M. T. Keshe’s Vision for a New World
Dr. M. T. Keshe has a HUGE VISION! His foundation has invented technologies that will render fossil fuel and propulsion systems for transportation obsolete. His technologies for healing and eradicating any disease (known or unknown) stand ready for use in hospitals and clinics worldwide.
Dr. Keshes’s vision is to release these technologies to the world’s scientists for manufacture and implementation into global society for the betterment of all mankind.
And he is doing exactly that. The Keshe Foundation, based in Belgium, has patented its designs and inventions in every country of the world simultaneously in order to prevent the confiscation of this technology. He has offered everything he knows and has developed to the world’s citizens for peaceful use.

Here is a summary of some of the amazing discoveries and inventions Dr. Keshe demonstrates in his two-hour video. The video is slow to get started but hang in there, the demonstrations are well worth your time.
1) Magnetism and Plasmatronics and counter gravity is here.
2) It is real and it is suppressed technology: China Iran and Russia now have this technology, as well as Belgium and Holland.
3) Health benefits of using a replicator to create vitamins as a plasmatron
4) Any disease (even those that have not been generated yet) can be eradicated.
5) NASA (controlled by NAZIS to save their skin after WWII) built old technology spacecraft. This technology is not needed any longer.
6) Science will need to be retaught. Full stop. Period.
7) His arrest (Dr. Keshe) by Canadian authorities was a planned controlled operation and they confiscated all his belongings.
8) Following his arrest Dr. Keshe published everything taken from him, on the internet.
9) Mach 35- 40 with wheel-less cars are possible on Earth but no more than that; it is earth’s limit for humans.
10) Space suits are not needed in space. With plasma gravity magnet-tronics you go to that frequency.
11) Magnets can be bi polar or single north polar on all sides These mono-polar elements create permanent oscillation (i.e., free energy!)
12) Create or replicate your own water from the atmosphere no matter where you are.
13) Weightlessness in space in not necessary. We can just replicate that atmosphere and live within it.
14) Mars travel and well beyond is now a matter of time here from earth with this application of technology.
15) Lady wakes from coma with these frequencies to the astonishment of hospitals.
16) Reprocessing the body to eat and drink as the body demands is now possible in plasma circles.
17) No need for hunger or drought.
18) No person on earth should be without this concept; principle and devices should be worldwide.
19) Plasma is a cell and we use the energy inside that atom and when we have used it we replace it in the atom and have damaged nothing. This is clean energy and Fukushima can be cleaned out at the correct frequency.
20) CO2 from air (the vacuum of space) could produce anything in a replicator (i.e., a solid steel tube.)
21) Then he makes a lit torch out of it a few days out of the energy of the earth.
22) Light can make anything from more light to food. From earth, for example, the light is strong and can reproduce anything; in space, it is more scarce.
23) His lights do not go out unless disconnected manually.
24) In space we do not need to take anything with us. NOTHING, except this technology and we can thrive anywhere.
25) No need for physical body for space and just energy only, the body will only interact with our cells.
26) Once you understand the structure of the universe, we can then see it is not possible to be alone in this galaxy.
27) This universe is split out of these atoms. The same process with a bigger gravitational field. We are part of universal cosmos.
28) We are one with all other ancestors and no way we can be alone , this technology proves it.
29) Crossing the universe is only a matter of a split second in human terms with this anti-matter condition or transition energy.
30) Principle matter or anti-matter will come forward with this technology and our body can attune to different dimensionalities with light as a portable plasma.
31) Light is a plasma-shaped form and changes “its jacket,” so to speak. The light is due to the friction of the tool, which is energy, based on friction generated inside.
32) The dark matter (or source fields of energy) are everywhere in the universe and are reachable with this technology.
33) The current killing by our rulers will not be allowed to have this technology and this is Pandora’s Box for real.
34) The BIG BANG THEORY is NONSENSE and the reality is EXPLAINED .
35) Dr. Keshe’s classic Quote: ” This technology will not cause damage in any way to any body or living creature” .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=71xl3EdswWg

4 Foods that can Fight Depression

by 
October 19th, 2013
Updated 10/19/2013 at 1:09 pm

turmeric leaf 263x164 4 Foods that can Fight DepressionAn estimated 1-in-10 Americans take antidepressants. That’s a shocking number of people relying on Big Pharma remedies for something that can be dealt with naturally. For many of these people, and those who are depressed but not taking anything for it, depression can be debilitating. But, it can also be managed with diet and lifestyle changes. Study after study has shown that by increasing physical activity, getting more sunshine, and changing your diet, you can alter your state of mind and beat depression without drugs.

Successfully conquering your depression begins by eliminating processed foods and drinks from your diet. These foods contain additives and unnatural ingredients that can alter your body’s chemistry and certainly your mood. Also, exercising regularly increases endorphins and blood flow to the brain, making it another good natural depression-buster.

In addition to these 5 natural solutions for treating depression, try adding these depression-busting foods to your regular diet:

1. Turmeric

A study published in Phytotherapy Research recently said that the bright yellow spice turmeric isn’t only good at treating depression, it may do it better than the antidepressant drugs being pushed down our throats. The antidepressant effects of turmeric were similar when compared directly with the effects of Prozac. But when you consider all of the side effects of antidepressants, turmeric was a clear winner.

2. Green Tea

The health benefits of green tea are seemingly endless, from improved heart health to better brain function. So, it’s no surprise that it can help regulate moods. It contains something called L-theanine, an amino acid that can help in the creation of alpha brain waves. These brain waves have a calming effect and can improve focus. As Natural News reports, L-theanine is also easily absorbed, which makes its effects immediate.

3. Fish

A lack of omega-3 fats in your diet can lead to mood imbalances including depression. By adding fatty fish to your diet, you can correct any possible imbalances and reap the other benefits of omega-3 fats. Interestingly, this is backed up byresearch that shows world regions like Scandinavia and Asia with high fish intake have lower a incidence of depression.

4. Nuts and Seeds

Magnesium is a mineral found in abundance in certain nuts and seeds. It can boost your mood by increasing energy production and also stimulating the production of serotonin—one of the brain’s feel-good chemicals. Healthy fats also boost overall health and help stabilize blood sugar. Pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts are particularly good choices.

Despite what your doctor may tell you and despite how depression makes you feel, you do not need drugs to get better. In many cases, these drugs could make you feel worse. By changing your diet and your lifestyle, you can begin to feel immediate relief from the grips of depression.

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Facebook wants to know why you didn’t publish that status update you started writing.

 

 

On Second Thought …

Facebook wants to know why you didn’t publish that status update you started writing.
This rash is getting wor
It’s at this point that you reconsider your status update.
Photo by Slate

A couple of months ago, a friend of mine asked on Facebook:

Do you think that facebook tracks the stuff that people type and then erase before hitting <enter>? (or the “post” button)

Good question.

We spend a lot of time thinking about what to post on Facebook. Should you argue that political point your high school friend made? Do your friends really want to see yet another photo of your cat (or baby)? Most of us have, at one time or another, started writing something and then, probably wisely, changed our minds.

Unfortunately, the code in your browser that powers Facebook still knows what you typed—even if you decide not to publish it.* It turns out that the things you explicitly choose not to share aren’t entirely private.

Facebook calls these unposted thoughts “self-censorship,” and insights into how it collects these nonposts can be found in a recent paper written by two Facebookers. Sauvik Das, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon and summer software engineer intern at Facebook, and Adam Kramer, a Facebook data scientist, have put online an article presenting theirstudy of the self-censorship behavior collected from 5 million English-speaking Facebook users. (The paper was also published at the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.*) It reveals a lot about how Facebook monitors our unshared thoughts and what it thinks about them.

The study examined aborted status updates, posts on other people’s timelines, and comments on others’ posts. To collect the text you type, Facebook sends code to your browser. That code automatically analyzes what you type into any text box and reports metadata back to Facebook.

Storing text as you type isn’t uncommon on other websites. For example, if you use Gmail, your draft messages are automatically saved as you type them. Even if you close the browser without saving, you can usually find a (nearly) complete copy of the email you were typing in your Drafts folder. Facebook is using essentially the same technology here. The difference is that Google is saving your messages to help you. Facebook users don’t expect their unposted thoughts to be collected, nor do they benefit from it.

It is not clear to the average reader how this data collection is covered by Facebook’s privacy policy. In Facebook’s Data Use Policy, under a section called “Information we receive and how it is used,” it’s made clear that the company collects information you choose to share or when you “view or otherwise interact with things.” But nothing suggests that it collects content you explicitly don’t share. Typing and deleting text in a box could be considered a type of interaction, but I suspect very few of us would expect that data to be saved. When I reached out to Facebook, a representative told me that the company believes this self-censorship is a type of interaction covered by the policy.

In their article, Das and Kramer claim to only send back information to Facebook that indicates whether you self-censored, not what you typed. The Facebook rep I spoke with agreed that the company isn’t collecting the text of self-censored posts. But it’s certainly technologically possible, and it’s clear that Facebook is interested in the content of your self-censored posts. Das and Kramer’s article closes with the following: “we have arrived at a better understanding of how and where self-censorship manifests on social media; next, we will need to better understand what and why.” This implies that Facebook wants to know what you are typing in order to understand it. The same code Facebook uses to check for self-censorship can tell the company what you typed, so the technology exists to collect that data it wants right now.

It is easy to connect this to all the recent news about NSA surveillance. On the surface, it’s similar enough. An organization is collecting metadata—that is, everything but the content of a communication—and analyzing it to understand people’s behavior. However, there are some important differences. While it may be uncomfortable that the NSA has access to our private communications, the agency is are monitoring things we have actually put online. Facebook, on the other hand, is analyzing thoughts that we have intentionally chosen not to share.

This may be closer to the recent revelation that the FBI can turn on a computer’s webcam without activating the indicator light to monitor criminals. People surveilled through their computers’ cameras aren’t choosing to share video of themselves, just as people who self-censor on Facebook aren’t choosing to share their thoughts. The difference is that the FBI needs a warrant but Facebook can proceed without permission from anyone.

Why does Facebook care anyway? Das and Kramer argue that self-censorship can be bad because it withholds valuable information. If someone chooses not to post, they claim, “[Facebook] loses value from the lack of content generation.” After all, Facebook shows you ads based on what you post. Furthermore, they argue that it’s not fair if someone decides not to post because he doesn’t want to spam his hundreds of friends—a few people could be interested in the message. “Consider, for example, the college student who wants to promote a social event for a special interest group, but does not for fear of spamming his other friends—some of who may, in fact, appreciate his efforts,” they write.

This paternalistic view isn’t abstract. Facebook studies this because the more its engineers understand about self-censorship, the more precisely they can fine-tune their system to minimize self-censorship’s prevalence. This goal—designing Facebook to decrease self-censorship—is explicit in the paper.

So Facebook considers your thoughtful discretion about what to post as bad, because it withholds value from Facebook and from other users. Facebook monitors those unposted thoughts to better understand them, in order to build a system that minimizes this deliberate behavior. This feels dangerously close to “ALL THAT HAPPENS MUST BE KNOWN,” a motto of the eponymous dystopian Internet company in Dave Eggers’ recent novel The Circle.

Update, Dec. 15, 2013: This article was updated to include the fact that Das and Kramer’s paper was published at the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media in addition to being posted online.

Update, Dec. 16, 2013: This article was updated to clarify that it is the browser code, not Facebook, that reads whatever you type.

This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, the New America Foundation, and SlateFuture Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, visit the Future Tense blog and the Future Tense home page. You can also follow us on Twitter.

Jennifer Golbeck is director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and an associate professor at the University of Maryland.

link: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/12/facebook_self_censorship_what_happens_to_the_posts_you_don_t_publish.html?wpisrc=burger_bar

Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they’re robots

Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they’re robots

Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they're robotsExpand

This is how it starts, people. First we get our chatbots to sound and act realistic — and then we get them to convince everyone they’re actually human. Listen to this crazy conversation between Time‘s Michael Scherer and a telemarketing robot who refuses to admit her true artificial nature.

Recently, Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer received a phone call from an apparently bright and engaging woman asking him if he wanted a deal on his health insurance. But he soon got the feeling something wasn’t quite right.

After asking the telemarketer point blank if she was a real person or a computer-operated robot, she chuckled charmingly and insisted she was real. Looking to press the issue, Scherer asked her a series of questions, which she promptly failed. Such as, “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” To which she responded by saying she didn’t understand the question. When asked what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained of a bad connection (ah, the oldest trick in the book).

Here, listen for yourself [Konstantinos's note: Better go to the link above in order to listen these]

Several Time reporters called her back.

Her name, she said, was “Samantha West.” More from Time:

If you want, you can call her too. Her number is (484) 589-5611. This number, if you Google it, is the subject of much discussion online as other recipients of Samantha West calls complain on chat boards about the mysteriously persistent lady who keeps calling them. “A friendly sounded woman on the other end claimed I requested health insurance information,” writes one mark. “She doggedly refused to deviate from her script.”

After answering her questions, one Time reporter was transferred to an actual human who did not promptly end the call, as others had when asked about Samantha. Asked for the company’s website, the real human on the other end of the line said it was premierhealthagency.com, the website of a Ft. Lauderdale company. “We’re here to help. . . because we care,” is the company motto on its homepage. A Time reporter called the company directly, identified himself and said Time was doing a story about the robot who calls people on the company’s behalf. “We don’t use robot calls, sir,” said the person who answered the phone, before promptly hanging up the phone.

Disturbing, no? This is a problem that’s only set to get worse. And just wait until these things are smart enough to start scamming unsuspecting victims.

[ h/t ubergizmo | Image: ociacia / Shutterstock ]