‘Compliance’ Is the Scariest Movie of the Year … Because It’s All Too Real.


“Horror.” The label instantly reminds us of the twisted creations filmmakers have whipped up to terrify audiences from the early days of cinema. Vampires, torture chambers, Jason Voorhees, creepy blob creatures — the genre opens the door for a director’s imagination to run wild. In turn, the creations do the same to the audience. What’s in the closet of that abandoned cabin in the woods? Whatever you’re afraid of.

After a scary horror movie, when the spine finally settles from all that tingling, there’s a moment of relief. The hey-no-one-really-died-at-the-hands-of-a-knife-fingered-dream-ghost-killer-guy deep breath is the reason why slasher movies, gore fests, and spooky supernatural tales are fun, as opposed to truly terrifying. Genuine horror is achieved when there is no deep breath, which is exactly what makes Compliance 2012’s most disturbing, shocking, and gratifying “horror” movie of the year. Craig Zobel sent a shockwave through Sundance when his latest feature played for the first time, evoking such a stirring emotion in its mild-mannered crowd that most write-ups of the film could, initially, only focus on the walkouts and violent criticisms during the Q&A. The immediate response shouted from the crowd was indicative of the general reaction: “Sundance, you can do better!” Compliance doesn’t slap audiences with over-the-top, jaw-dropping shocks. Instead, it sticks to ugly truth, forcing people to ask questions about themselves. Really, really, really scary questions.

Based on actual events, Zobel’s film chronicles one night at a midwestern fast food joint. The perfect place for a serial killer to trap his victims and pick them off one by one, no? Actually, no. In the case of Zobel’s psychological docudrama, the mastermind behind the real life horrors never even steps foot in the restaurant. To work his evil, he just picks up the phone and dials. The film was adapted from a 2004 report in which 18-year-old girl was the victim of several acts of sexual abuse in the backroom of the the Kentucky McDonald’s where she worked. The perpetrators were her manager and the manager’s fiancee, both acting out orders from a policeman who told them that the teenager reportedly stole money from a customer. The twist: the policeman was no policeman, instead a prankster who called the manager in hopes of convincing her to enact his twisted plan. One would think logic (or better yet, the desperate cries of the teenage victim) would make the manager or fiancee question the “policeman” caller’s identity, especially when strip searching becomes involved, but there was never a thought in either person’s mind. Obeying the law — no matter how ludicrous — was the number one priority.

Horror films are often an exercise in style, invigorating simple material with flashy camera work or innovative production design to reap the feeling of freshness from viewers all-too-familiar with the tropes. Those recognizable attributes make Compliance difficult to categorize as a horror movie, but that’s what it is at its core, albeit one stripped of theatrics. Zobel shoots his adaptation of the events (changing names, places and minor details) like a surgeon; every choice is deeply cinematic, but his restraint never allows it to creep into conventional horror territory. The fear grows organically as the darkest side of human nature is pulled back in three tremendous performers by the film’s core trio. Ann Dowd, as the sweet, aging manager Sandra, who just wants to do the right thing from beginning to end. She’s blinded by “Officer Daniels'” calm demeanor, the voice of actor Pat Healy, who plays a monster with a soothing voice. The assault on the teenage Becky is a slow, painful burn, actress Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust the B) rightfully showing the character’s attempts to also comply with the bizarre orders. She’s eventually pushed to the tipping point, and the result is devastating.

No one wants to believe that human’s possess the ability to do horrible things. In his infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, psychology professor Philip Zimbardo unearthed the potential for regular joes to become instinctually violent, putting 24 university students in the roles of “prisoners” and “guards” and watching their hot-headed personalities culture like ravenous bacteria. The Abu Ghraib torture scandal raised similar questions about the potential of human action, including blunt, big picture inquiries like, “why?” and “how?” Compliance provokes that same line of thinking. It’s a challenging film, but an example of the horror film at its best.

The next few months have a lot of potential gems in store for horror buffs, with the wild ghost tale The Possession right around the corner, the haunted house pic Sinister and a fourth Paranormal Activity scheduled for October. But Compliance is a true taste of horror outside-the-box, where that abandoned cabin closet is a real life person, and the terrifying mystery behind what lies behind the door is pure human emotion.

Source: Hollywood.com

Israeli Airport System Saves Lives.


An Israeli company named “Xsight” offers airports a way to avoid expensive delays and more importanty to save lives.

July 25, 2000, marked the beginning of the end of commercial high-speed supersonic flight – a method of airline travel that transported passengers between New York and Paris within just a few hours. On that date, an Air France Concorde supersonic plane caught fire, exploded, and crashed into a hotel, within minutes of takeoff.

All passengers and crew on the flight were killed, as were some employees of the hotel, for a death toll of 113.

The reason for the crash? A 17-inch metal strip that fell off a plane that had taken off minutes before.

Although the Concorde continued to fly for several years after the incident, the crash, along with other issues, took the wind out of the plane’s sails, and the Concorde — and commercial supersonic flight — was eventually scrapped.

If the idea of a tiny piece of metal taking down a hulking aircraft sounds ridiculous, you’re clearly not familiar with FOD (Foreign Object Debris), a problem that air travel authorities, like the Federal Aviation Authority, are very concerned about. Besides claiming lives, FOD incidents cost the airline industry an estimated $13 billion a year in repairs, delays, worker costs, and so on.

As a result, there has been a huge demand at airports around the world for FOD detection systems. Israel’s Xsight Systems’ FODetect is one of the leading providers of FOD detection systems, and is already installed in airports in the US, Europe, and Asia.

“Had the runway been inspected before the Concorde’s takeoff, the tragedy would have been avoided,” Oded Hanson, Xsight CTO and co-founder told The Times of Israel. “But with takeoffs at commercial airports coming within two minutes of each other, there would have been no way to find the fatal metal strip. Patrols on runways take place only several times a day, and the only way to find such debris is when workers or pilots observe them, which is very difficult to do when you’re driving a vehicle down the runway.”

FODetect uses hybrid radar and electro optical technology to detect junk on runways, with units installed with runway lights. That, said Hanson, is what separates Xsight’s system from the three others that are on the market for automated FOD detection. “The lights are already installed and there is an electrical infrastructure in place already. We add the FODetect sensors to the lights, with each sensor responsible for the area around it. When debris is detected, the control tower is alerted, and they can contact the pilots and hold up flights as necessary. And thanks to the installed GPS, they can tell ground crew exactly where the debris is located.”

FODetect is the only system that lets control tower workers “see” what is actually happening on the runway. “They can’t see the runway from the tower, but with our system they are able to see and read exactly what is happening on the ground.”

FODetect has been installed at Logan Airport in Boston, Ben Gurion Airport, and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. The system is approved by the FAA, which wrote in a report last month that “the FODetect system was able to detect the objects of various shapes, sizes, and materials on runway surfaces and perform satisfactorily in nighttime, daytime, sun, rain, mist, fog, and snow conditions.”

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Source: timesofisrael.com

 

Chemotherapy backfires – causes healthy cells to feed growth of cancer tumours.


Ever since chemotherapy was introduced into the practice of western medicine, doctors and oncologists have been trying to answer this nagging question: Why does chemotherapy seem to work at first, but then cancer tumors cells grow back even more aggressively while the body becomes resistant to chemotherapy?

It turns out that chemotherapy damages healthy cells, causing them to secrete a protein that accelerates the growth of cancer tumours.

This protein, dubbed “WNT16B,” is taken up by nearby cancer cells, causing them to “grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy,” said Peter Nelson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He’s the co-author of the study that documented this phenomenon, published in Nature Medicine.

This protein, it turns out, explains why cancer tumors grow more aggressively following chemotherapy treatments. In essence, chemotherapy turns healthy cells into WNT16B factories which churn out this “activator” chemical that accelerates cancer tumor growth.

The findings of the study were confirmed with prostate cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer tumors. This discovery that chemotherapy backfires by accelerating cancer tumor growth is being characterized as “completely unexpected” by scientists.

The chemotherapy fraud exposed

As NaturalNews has explained over the last decade, chemotherapy is medical fraud. Rather than boosting the immune response of patients, it harms the immune system, causing tumors to grow back. This latest researching further confirms what we’ve known for years in the holistic health community: That chemotherapy is, flatly stated, poison. It’s not “treatment,” it’s not medicine, and it’s not prevention or a cure. It’s poison with virtually no medicinal value except in perhaps one to two percent of cancer cases.

The No. 1 side effect of chemotherapy is, by the way, cancer. Cancer centers should technically be renamed “poison centers” because they are in the business of poisoning patients with a toxic cocktail of chemicals that modern science reveals to be a cancer tumor growth accelerant!

Source: Nature.

Sleeping in Space.


How do astronauts sleep in space? A visiting sleep researcher is shedding light on the effects of spaceflight on astronauts’ sleeping patterns.

Dr Laura Barger, an instructor at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine and an Associate Physiologist at Brigham and the Women’s Hospital in Boston, investigated the sleep of astronauts on Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions over the past decade, and is bringing her expertise to Melbourne.

A former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Dr Barger’s research interests have focused on the health and safety risks associated with unusual and extended work hours. As part of the Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety Group, she has also studied medical residents, police officers, firefighters, federal air marshals, and mission controllers supporting the Phoenix Mars Lander mission.

Dr Barger said astronauts face a number of challenges when trying to sleep in space including unusual shift patterns, which could have similar effects observed in some shift workers on earth, a 90-minute light-dark cycle for every time astronauts orbit the earth and the physical ‘free-fall’ sleeping environment.

“We studied sleep aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station Missions and found there is a vast amount of sleep deficiency among astronauts and a widespread use of sleep promoting medications during spaceflight,” Dr Barger said.

Dr Barger is in Melbourne with the support of the Harvard Club of Australia Foundation. She will work with Monash University sleep researchers, including Associate Professor Shantha Rajaratnam, also a member of the Harvard Work Hours, Health, and Safety Group, on the association between work hours, sleep deficiency and motor vehicle crashes.

“Across all occupations, one safety outcome we measure is the incidence of motor vehicle crashes. One goal of the Harvard Work Hours Health and Safety Group is to come up with a strategy for future research examining drowsy driving,” Dr Barger said.

In addition to undertaking research, Dr Barger will conduct a series of lectures and seminars at Monash, sharing her insight into the effects of spaceflight on sleep and the circadian timing system and the effects of extended work hours and sleep loss on health and safety.

Credit: http://www.monash.edu.au