G’Day World “On The Pod” #45 – Jason Miller

Jason S. Miller is a 38 y.o. American activist from Kansas who has been writing articles and blog posts articulating his concerns over the current American administration. We talk a lot about America’s current push for PAX AMERICANA and, in particular, the objectives of Rumsfeld/Cheney-lead “think tank” Project for the New American Century.

Jason’s blog: Thomas Paine’s Corner

Blueprint for American Imperialism: Project for the New American Century. Of particular interest, is this quote from Page 63 of the PNAC document “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century“:

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”.

This document was written in September 2000, 12 months before America got a new Pearl Harbour in the form of 9/11.

Jason’s activist essays have appeared on over 100 Websites, the distribution of his newsletter is now over 1500, and he has had 24,000 hits on his blog since May of 2005.

Some stats Jason provided in his recent newsletter:

Cost of the Empire’s Quest for Global Domination (and other stats):

American military deaths: 1,852 (since the occupation began on 3/19/03)

Americans Wounded in the Invasion and Occupation: 13,877

Iraqi Civilian Deaths: 23,000 to 25,000 (despite the propaganda to the contrary, they count as human beings too)

Monetary Cost of War: $188 billion and counting

National Debt: $7.9 trillion and counting (thanks to China and Japan for floating the Neocons the cash to carry out their perverse version of the American Dream)

You can email Jason directly at willpowerful@hotmail.com

G’Day World “On The Pod” #44 – Jeremy Hague (SKYLOOK)

Jeremy Hague and Paul Andrews are the Melbourne guys behind SKYLOOK, a new Outlook toolbar for Skype which they launched to the world a week ago. I think it’s pretty cool because, among other things, it automatically records Skype calls. Handy for a podcaster!

Make sure you listen to the show because there is a free give-away!

G’Day World “On The Pod” #43 – Todd Cochrane

One of the guys who is kicking major ass in the podcasting world is Todd Cochrane. Not only does Todd run the very popular GEEK NEWS CENTRAL podcast, but he also is the main dude behind the TECHPODCASTS directory. He lives in Hawaii with his family and is a busy guy. I thought that the 12 month anniversary of podcasting would be a good time to pull together some of the guys who are trying to build a business out of it (eg Todd, Adam Curry and Evan Williams) onto the show so we could all talk about where we think it is and where it’s going. Todd was the only guy who replied to the email and so… he’s on the show!

Someone asked if this was “sleeping with the enemy” and I really don’t think of guys like Todd as “the enemy”. Competition? Sure. But I wish him and his crew nothing but success. A rising tide carries all ships. Podcasting is going to be big and there will be room for all of us to have some fun and make a few bucks.

This is also the first show I recorded using the new SKYLOOK tool. I recommend you check it out. It’s an OUTLOOK toolbar that manages Skype and records Skype calls. Check it out.

Hope you like the show.

G’Day World “On The Pod” #42 – Dr Aubrey de Grey

Want to live forever? Okay, not forever, but let’s say… 1000 years?

Think I’m kidding? Well I’m not. For 10 – 15 years I’ve been telling people that I believe the science to significantly extend the human lifespan would be here in my lifetime and that I intend to use it to try to live 500 – 1000 years.

And my guest tonight, Dr Aubrey de Grey, biogerontologist from the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK, is the man leading the field in this incredibly exciting research.

As his website says:

The central goal of my biogerontology work is to expedite the development of a true cure for human aging.

He has developed the term SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) and is confident that, given enough funding (a measly $100 million a year for ten years), we can make significant in-roads towards curing human aging. He and his partners have established The Methuselah Mouse Prize, a scientific competition designed to draw attention to the ability of new technologies to slow and even reverse the damage of the aging process. And a couple of days ago, Technology Review magazine issued another challenge – Technology Review is announcing a prize for any molecular biologist working in the field of aging who is willing to take up the challenge: submit an intellectually serious argument that SENS is so wrong that it is unworthy of learned debate, and you will be paid $20,000 if it convinces independent referees.

Out of all of the interviews I’ve done in the last 8 months, I have to say this is personally the most exciting. Getting to assist guys like Dr de Grey to get their message out to the wider population makes this podcasting thing worthwhile.

Now… GO! Listen to the show! And then come back here and spend some SERIOUS QUALITY TIME checking out the links…

    SENS home
    Read Technology Review’s detailed article on Dr de Grey
    Donate money at the MPRize website

YAHOO NEWS RSS feed on “Aubrey de Grey” to you can stay up to date

Further reading:

The Spike (Damien Broderick)
The Age of Spiritual Machines (Ray Kurzweil)
The Prospect of Immortality (Robert Ettinger)