‘What was surprising was that if a person spent more than six daily hours exposed to bombing-related coverage, he or she was nine times more likely to report symptoms of high acute stress. It did not matter whether this person was directly exposed on the day of the event or whether the person lived in Boston or New York. While only 5% of the respondents reported suffering from those symptoms, there was a direct correlation between acute stress symptoms shown and the number of hours of bombing-related media exposure…’
Throw Away your Smartphone to Ensure Privacy
But you don’t have to do that. The better alternative is to put your mobile in an airtight container
From an anonymous Slashdot post
‘”Smart phones are designed to leak your private information — its a fact. The modern smartphone is no less than a spy machine. Its a micro satellite with just one target — YOU. It can listen continuously in your environment and record everything being said (and translate foreign languages on the fly or listen for keywords), has cameras pointed in two opposite directions you have no idea when they are filming, triangulates your position by satellite and transmits your location continuously to a government database server that permanently logs your movements, has facial recognition and fingerprint readers built in and you better believe its leaking any biometric identification information it gets, keeps tabs on who your friends are, their addresses and phone numbers, your communications with them, the websites you visit, the emails and texts you write. It sits in your wireless network behind your firewall and has a backup network connection.
‘Having seen the scope of the NSA’s operations clearly this is a terrible piece of equipment for anyone who believes in privacy to own. Its obvious that smartphones are used for mass surveillance and so perhaps it is time to just throw your phone away ?…’
The 1,200-year-old Phone
‘Nestled in an acid-free corrugated cardboard container was the earliest known example of telephone technology in the Western Hemisphere, evoking a lost civilization—and the anonymous ancient techie who dreamed it up.
The gourd-and-twine device, created 1,200 to 1,400 years ago, remains tantalizingly functional—and too fragile to test out. “This is unique,” NMAI curator Ramiro Matos, an anthropologist and archaeologist who specializes in the study of the central Andes, tells me. “Only one was ever discovered. It comes from the consciousness of an indigenous society with no written language.”…’
A new breed of crowd messaging technologies such as Rayzit will soon introduce crowd networking