The Neuroscience of Curiosity: The Brain Treats Information as “Its Own Reward” Like Snacks or Money, Explain Researchers

(Franz Walker) People constantly being distracted by their phones has become a prevalent thing in today’s digitally connected society. Now, a recent study may shed light on the phenomenon.

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Condemnation Without Investigation is the Height of Ignorance

(Paul Lenda) Albert Einstein once said, “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.” Yet, we see this being the default response by so many people to so many things. Rejecting something we know nothing about is staying ignorant, which means stagnancy in our evolution. If we wish to grow, we should be open to something and learn more about it before we condemn it.

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Steven Aftergood: CIA Closes Down OSINT, Commission Objects

Steven Aftergood

Improved Access to Open Source Intelligence Urged

Congress should require the Director of National Intelligence to make open source intelligence more widely available, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended in its latest annual report.

Last June, the former OpenSource.gov web portal was “decommissioned.” Its contents were transferred to classified or restricted networks that are mostly inaccessible to those outside the intelligence community.

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ROBERT STEELE: CIA OSINT has always been a joke — closing down public access, like classifying our national security strategy, is a simple defense mechanism against ridicule. The US military is not doing any better — the $400M BAE contract with the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) tells me all I need to know about the fragmentation of DoD OSINT, still a budget-building rather than a sense-making exercise. No one in the USG — with the possible exception of President Donald Trump — actually wants  to get it right.  Everyone thrives on war as a racket, and war as a racket is possible in large part because our “thinkers” lack intelligence, integrity, and imagination.

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A Guide to Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Michael Edison Hayden

Columbia Journalism Review

Introduction | One: The Difference between Open and Closed Networks | Two: Searching the Open Web | Three: Verifying the Authenticity of Social Media Accounts | Four: Verifying Images and Videos | Five: Exploring Fringe Websites | Six: Using Archives, Saving Your Work | Seven: Learning New Platforms and Interacting with Hostile Communities | Appendix: Tools

ROBERT STEELE: This is a great guide if you only care about the 1% of 1% of 1% of 1% of 1% that is online.  The author, from the much-discredited Southern Law Poverty Center that scams people for donations while censoring haters (anyone committed to the truth), has done a fine job on the pimple under the donkey’s tail. He should apply to the CIA’s Open Source Center, where he will find himself in good company.  Serious people can start here: #OSINT.

Berto Jongman: Jake Creps OSINT Tools for the Dark Web

Berto Jongman

OSINT Tools for the Dark Web

As OSINT investigators, collectors, and analysts, we have to be familiar with the dark web and be able to navigate it with efficiency. We also have to be able to extract information from it in a targeted, efficient matter. Here are a few tools you can use to get you started, get you familiar, and get your comfortable in the difficult task of inspecting the dark web.

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Phi Beta Iota: This is the kindergarten version of Stephen E. Arnold and his Dark Web sources and methods accessible via http://arnoldit.com/.

The Need to be Somebody Separates You from Yourself

(Exploring your Mind) Sometimes you need to stop and think about why you want what you want. The external goals you choose due to vanity or the need to be somebody could stray you away from your true desires. Even worse, they could separate you from yourself. Are you the person who others wanted you to be or are you just yourself?

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How to Leverage Your Own Conscience as Pure Law

“Highly evolved people have their own conscience as pure law.” ~Lao Tzu
(Gary Z McGee) If we heed these wise words by Lao Tzu, then it stands to reason that we focus more on developing highly evolved people capable of honoring universal laws, rather than waste our energy bludgeoning people with invalid laws that violate the golden rule, the nonaggression principle, and the universal laws that dictate health.

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