DJ Qbert’s Thud Rumble is working with Intel to bring microcomputers into DJ mixers, which may eventually replace laptops.

Earlier this week at Intel’s IDF keynote, Qbert showed off a prototype of their Invader mixer – with a touchscreen display showing Traktor Pro on the mixer. Keep reading for what we know so far.

Thud Rumble Invader Mixer With Intel Inside
Gear: Invader mixer (prototype)

Designer: Thud Rumble by DJ QBERT.

Expected Price: $1,699

Availability: Shipping end of 2016.

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Say hello to Qbert’s dream laptop-free mixer?

Prototypes feature:
• Touchscreen display (looks to be about a 10″ screen)

• Two-channel mixing section

• EQ / browse encoders / knobs still seem to be in development

• 8 cue buttons (arcade buttons) for each deck

• Windows 10 / Intel processor inside

• Currently no soundcard, although they are “working with Native Instruments” to have an audio interface made…

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Our Dam Poet on the Billionaires’ Burden

Diane Ravitch's blog

Our poet is missing. Poet, come back! We need your voice, your wit, your passion.

“The Billionaire’s Burden” (based on
“The White Man’s Burden”, by Rudyard

Take up the Billionaire’s burden,
Send forth the tests ye breed
Go bind your schools to test style,
To serve his market’s need;
The weight of heavy VAMness,
On captive folk and mild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half teacher and half child.

Take up the Billionaire’s burden,
In patience to abide,
To veil the scheme for teach-bots,
The prime intent to hide;
With coded speech of Orwell,
You really must take pains
To make a hefty profit,
And see the major gains.

Take up the Billionaire’s burden,
The public schools to fleece—
Fill full the days with testing
And Common Core disease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end that you have sought,
Destroy the Opt-out movement
Lest work be all for…

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Writing a slow-burn book? Three surprising ways to measure progress

Nail Your Novel

600px-Arbol_de_PiedraSome novels take their time, especially those of a literary hue. We might need to quarry vast amounts of possibilities and storyways, find the book’s particular character, discover what a stubborn idea wants to be. (Here’s a post about it – What takes literary writers so long.)

With all that exploring and uncertainty, it can feel like we’re getting nowhere. Then something will suddenly reveal that we actually have more substance than we suspected. It’s happened to me a few times recently with Ever Rest, so I thought I’d share them here.

1 Conduct a research interview

A few months ago I needed input on the story, so I chatted up an expert and told him the story, from start to finish, checking every development and assumption. As I’d hoped, this clarified vital questions and generated ideas, but I also realised it marked a milestone. This was the…

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Looking for an Investigative Reporter to Question MRO—-Procedural, Ethical and Legal Justification Needed

Disrupted Physician

As the Medical Review Officer (MRO)  for the Massachusetts state Physician Health Program (PHP), Physician Health Services, Inc. (PHS, inc.), Dr. Wayne Gavryck’s responsibility is simple.  He is su…

Source: Looking for an Investigative Reporter to Question MRO—-Procedural, Ethical and Legal Justification Needed

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Imagine That: Members of Congress Receive Surprisingly Lucrative Big Bank Loans


Source: UndergroundReporter.org
Deirdre Fulton
August 19, 2016

A new study identifies “a direct channel through which financial institutions contribute to the net worth of members of the U.S. Congress”—especially those ostensibly tasked with overseeing those very Wall Street entities.

The paper from London Business School professors Ahmed Tahoun and Florin Vasvari, which is based on a “unique dataset” provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), finds that members of Congress sitting on the finance committees in the Senate and the House of Representatives “report greater levels of leverage and new liabilities as a proportion of their total net worth, relative to when they are not part of the finance committee or relative to other congressional members.”

The authors write that their analysis was “motivated in part by anecdotal evidence suggesting that some U.S. politicians, who are in a position to potentially affect the future performance of financial institutions that…

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5 FASCINATING Archaeological discoveries that have been left out of History Books


Look back in history one hundred years without going back any further. Better yet, look back in history 50 years, and you will see an entirely different historical perspective than what is being presented in history class today. History needs rewriting. 

Source: Ancient-Code.com
August 21, 2016

It’s as if history class is limited to only some of the many archaeological discoveries made around the globe.

The truth is that there are so many unprecedented things on planet Earth that we need to reevaluate everything we know about history.

While nearly everyone on Earth knows about The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Great Wall of China among other discoveries, the truth is that hundreds of archaeological findings have been omitted by mainstream scholars and consequently by history.

Underground tunnels

Tunnels across Europe

One of the more recent discoveries that have been made are the underground tunnels spread across the European Continent. Over…

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, August 20, 2016 [Geoengineeringwatch.org]


Source: GeoEngineeringWatch.org
Dane Wigington
August 20, 2016

The ongoing and completely out of control experimentation with Earth’s climate and life support systems is destroying what is yet left of the biosphere at blinding speed. The power structure is pushing back hard with new waves of propaganda in the desperate attempt to hide reality from the population till the last possible moment. I could never count the times I have been asked why would “they” (those in power) do this to themselves? Countless times I have given a long list of examples of all that “they” have already done to themselves (and to the rest of the biosphere). The detonation of over 2000 nuclear weapons has contaminated the entire planet. Fukushima is a triple nuclear volcano with no known technology to end the nightmare, and yet “they” are already building 60 more nuclear plants while putting old and dilapidated facilities back on…

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53 ADMITTED False Flag Attacks


Source: WashingtonsBlog.com
February 23, 2016

Not Theory … Admitted Fact

There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.

In the following 53 instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admits to it, either orally or in writing:

(1) Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. This is known as the “Mukden Incident” or the “Manchurian Incident”. The Tokyo International Military Tribunal found: “Several of the participators in the plan, including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have on various occasions admitted their part in the plot and have stated that the object of the ‘Incident’ was to afford an excuse for the occupation of…

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In 1967, the CIA Created the Label “Conspiracy Theorists” … to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the “Official” Narrative

History is helpful.


Source: ZeroHedge.com
February 25, 2015

Conspiracy Theorists USED TO Be Accepted As Normal

Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories.

The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other  founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories.

But those were the bad old days …Things have now changed.

The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967

That all changed in the 1960s.

Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories.  The dispatch was marked “psych” –  short for “psychological operations” or disinformation –  and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.

The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.

The dispatch states:

2. This trend…

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Kipchoge: Kenya’s ace card in marathon title race

African Press International (API)

STEVE OMONDI -1 | Jumamosi, Agosti 20, 2016


The showstopper of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the men’s marathon, Eliud Kipchoge on Sunday provided Kenya with a perfect opportunity to end the Games on a high note.

There are two things that worked for Kenya ahead of the last event of the Games.

One is the massive boost that Team Kenya received after Jemima Sumgong became the first Kenyan woman to win a marathon gold medal at the Olympics last Sunday.

The other is the depth and experience of the Kenyan team. The trio of Wesley Korir, Eliud Kipchoge and Stanley Biwott are considered seasoned runners each capable emerging victorious in Rio.

While Korir, by default led the team in an official capacity as the overall captain of Team Kenya in Rio, on the actual course of the race, the defacto leader in…

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