“A 42-year-old HIV patient with leukemia appears to have no detectable HIV in his blood and no symptoms after a stem cell transplant from a donor carrying a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to the virus that causes AIDS, according to a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.”//cnn
“News reporting tends to simultaneously feed the public’s lust for ‘shocking’ information, but also feeds off it – the relationship is dynamic rather than causal. This endless demand for sensationalism sustains the confusion of rhetoric with reality to create, what Baudrillard described as “le vertige de la realité” or “dizzying whirl of reality” (1998, p. 34). By blurring predictions about ‘what could happen’ with ‘what is actually happening’ the message is given by various media that novel events are far more prevalent than they really are. Once a ‘signal event’, such as a novel form of cybercrime, captures media attention and heightens existing public anxiety then other news sources will feed off the original news story and it will spread virally across cyberspace.”//io9
“Corporations are the elite ruling class, dark soldiers of fortune rule the streets, and everybody has a price.”//CCG
“The Corp’s goal is to complete their secret agendas before the Runner can hack in and spoil their secret plans for world domination. It isn’t easy, though, as the Corp has strong defensive data forts protected by malevolent computer programs known as ICE (short for Intrusion Countermeasure Electronics). The Runner must use special programs of their own (called Icebreakers) to break through and steal the hidden plans – to keep the Corp from taking over completely.”//learningLURKER
“Only through skillful use of the high tech arsenal we’re making available and intelligent team play will players truly jack-in and kick ass.”//dystopia
“As an artificial limb designer and hobbyist robotics engineer, artist Christopher Conte rarely uses blueprints or sketches to craft his elaborate biomechanical sculptures. Instead, the New York-based machinist relies on his imagination. “I just get a vivid idea in my mind of what I want to make and start hunting for the parts,” he said. “I have a large inventory of antique parts, so I’ll often play with them like Legos and see what comes together.””//wired
“In Dystopia, you can either be a cyberpunk — a heavily armed data criminal — or work for the transnational super-corporations. Either way, you are going to be shooting and hacking people up with swords. Good times.”//neoseeker
“New tools equal new perceptions.
Through science we create technology and in using our new tools we recreate ourselves. But until very recently in our history, no democratic populace, no legislative body, ever indicated by choice, by vote, how this process should play out.”//Edge
“-precognews- RESOLUTION: 0.539 With the world spiraling towards global economic and environmental chaos, increasing numbers of nations are declaring martial law in an attempt to maintain Order. Pakistan, Iraq, Burma, China, Indonesia, and Saudia Arabia, to name but a few. Can this happen in the US? In this episode of the Pluri Media Group, we present one possible scenario of the near future.”/podcastdir/hacktv
“According to Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D) (PA-11), in mid-September of 2008, the United States of America came just three hours away from the collapse of the entire economy. In a span of 2 hours, $550 billion was drawn out of money market accounts in an electronic run on the banks.”//dailykos
“Yeah 550 Billion!
Money Market funds for those who might not be familiar with financials, and I had to ask to be sure, are rather like large checking accounts used to buy and sell large chunks of stock, currency or whatever. These are not insured for the most part as they are so large and they usually have a relatively short life as they are created then spent down.
What this appears to be is some manner of extremely large scale malicious actions. In short, if you have a huge money market account the usual thing to do would be to buy something with it. So why was such a vast sum of money in money market accounts that’d be simultaneously drawn down in such a way as to cause a collapse?”//cyberpunk.co.uk
“Crime in Night City is rampant, the media and the public are clamoring for their government to make them feel safe, to punish the wicked, to make the streets safe to walk again. The Combat Zone is a growing tumor of violence and anarchy. Growing corruption in the highest levels of the government in Night City is threatening to be exposed. “//datafortress
“Man beschließt, den Inquisitoren soviel Angst einzujagen, dass sie nicht wiederkommen. Dabei ergab sich die Möglichkeit einer weiteren Gruppe von Inquistoren eine Falle zustellen – was mit Glück auch unter nur minimalen Verlusten gelang. Aber, wie sich das für Cyberpunk gehört: So richtig glücklich war man am Tisch nach dem Sieg dann doch nicht – weiß man jetzt die Inquistioren gegen sich, deren Rache ohne Zweifel nicht auf sich warten lassen wird.”//cyberpunk.de
“And who better to be behind the downfall of society than advertisers?) Misogynist undertones run rampant throughout all the ads, so it’s no shock that feminine cyborgs are used exclusively in advertising targeting young males — they tap right into stock fantasies of complete feminine subservience.”//engaged
“A building boom fuelled double-digit growth, with thousands of Westerners arriving every day, eager to cash in on the emirate’s promise of easy living and wealth…. (((As opposed to the thousands of Westerners who flock to ashrams promising hardship and poverty, I reckon.)))//sterling