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ASIAN PARA GAMES 2018: ‘Inspiring the Spirit and Energy of Asia’

Written By zeolite on Friday, October 5, 2018 | 8:23 AM

ASIAN PARA GAMES 2018: ‘Inspiring the Spirit and Energy of Asia’
The year of 2018 will definitely be the year in which the spirit of Sport reverberates from Indonesia across Asia and the rest of the world. Following the 18th Asian Games scheduled to take place from August 18th to September 2nd, 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, the 3rd Asian Para Games will also be held from October 6th to 13th at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in the capital city of Jakarta.

The Indonesia Asian Para Games 2018 (or INAPG 2018) will mark the first major international multi-sports event held in Indonesia involving athletes with a range of disabilities coming from countries from across the Asia. Continuing the spirit of Asian Games 2018, INAPG 2018 has selected the slogan of ‘Inspiring the Spirit and Energy of Asia’ which is aimed to further foster unity and brotherhood among Asian nations as well as support global social equality.

Just as in the Asian Games 2018, INAPG 2018 will also introduce a unique Indonesian animal as its mascot. As symbol of Motivation and Mobility: the Brahminy Kite or locally known as ‘Elang Bondol’ that was chosen as mascot, and aptly named Momo (from Motivation and Mobility). 

Fittingly, Elang Bondol also happens to be the mascot of the capital city Jakarta, host of this year’s Asian Para Games.

This multi-sporting event will feature15 Paralympic and three non-Paralympic sports, which are: Archery, Para Athletic, Badminton, Boccia, Chess, Cycling, Goal Ball, Judo, Lawn Ball, Para Powerlifting, Para Swimming, Shooting Para Sport, Tenpin Bowling, Table Tennis, Volleyball Sitting, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, and Wheelchair Tennis. Around 4,000 Para Athletes from 43 countries will be competing for the total of 581 medals.
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6 Sexiest Female Celebrities, According To Straight Women

6 Sexiest Female Celebrities, According To Straight Women
We here at Rebel Circus conducted a super scientific poll and asked all the straight women in our offices which starlet they would consider switching teams for. From Rashida Jones to Jemima Kirke, here are 15 of the sexiest celebrity women — according to straight women.

Who do you think should be on our list? Sound off below!

Rihanna. Like, damn. Rihanna is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women in the business, but she also has an unmatched sense of sex appeal that no one’s got beat. She’s hypnotic, to say the least. There’s just something about her eyes that scream magic. Dare we say there’s no one as alluring as the Barbados-born superstar? (Sorry, Beyonce.)
Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza. From the get, Aubrey Plaza brooded her way into our hearts as the apathetic — and hilarious — April Ludgate on “Parks and Recreation.” Known for her Sahara-dry humor and amazing comedic delivery, the the 31-year-old actress is also drop-dead gorgeous. In short, the half-boricua is hot and hilarious — the best of both worlds.
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington. Who hasn’t been guilty of drooling over the brilliant Kerry Washington? From her style to her looks, the “Scandal” star can do no wrong. And did we mention how flawless and youthful her skin looks? The 39-year-old actress is ageless — seriously, she doesn’t look a day over her time on “Save the Last Dance.”
Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones. With some quality Peggy Lipton/Quincy Jones genes, the celebrity offspring has a girl-next-door charm that is as irresistible as it enviable. Seriously, you either want to be with the 40-year-old starlet or be her. She’s funny, witty and sexy, and proven herself to be one of the most darling women in TV and film.
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron. Safe to say, Charlize Theorin is the genetically perfect human specimen. Over the years, she’s intentionally “handicapped” her looks by shaving her head, gaining weight and wearing unflattering clothes — all in order to be taken seriously. She recently got some backlash for stating that Hollywood is hard on “pretty” actresses like herself, but we still think she deserves a spot on our list. Because look at her.
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson. We think everyone can agree that ScarJo is one of the sexiest actresses of our time. Even in “Her,” where she only performed a voice role with no physical presence, she was still oddly erotic. Plus, theres also the fact that she’s super confident about her body image and Marilyn Monroe-esque curves, making her even that much more desirable. Modern sex symbol? Definitely.
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Psychokinesis: Facts About Mind Over Matter

Written By zeolite on Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 7:49 PM

"Who here is psychic? Raise my hand!" 

 That's an old joke, but there are several claimed types of psychic powers, including precognition (knowing the future) and telepathy (describing things at a remote location). But for sheer impressiveness it's hard to beat psychokinesis, the ability to move objects through mind power. The word is derived from the Greek words for "mind" and "motion" and is also called PK or telekinesis.
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Fictional psychokinetics are easy to find: The popular X-Men comic and film franchise includes the character Jean Grey, whose powers include extrasensory perception and psychokinesis. The 2009 movie "Push" is about a group of young Americans with various psychic abilities who team up and use their paranormal powers against a shadowy U.S. government agency.

Though many Americans believe in psychic ability (about 15 percent of us, according to a 2005 Baylor Religion Survey), scientific evidence for its existence remains elusive. Some people even link psychokinesis to the spiritual world, suggesting for example that some reports of ghosts — such as poltergeists — are not manifestations of the undead at all, but instead the unconscious releases of a person's psychic anger or angst.

If people could move everyday objects with nothing more than their thoughts, this should be quite easy to demonstrate: Who wouldn't like their latte delivered by a psychic barista from across the counter, floating it right to your hand with a mere gesture?

This doesn't happen, of course. Instead researchers have focused on what they term "micro-PK," or the manipulation of very small objects. The idea is that if the ability exists, its force is obviously very weak. Therefore, the less physical energy that would have to be exerted on an object to physically move it, the more obvious the effect should be. For this reason, laboratory experiments often focus on rather mundane feats such as trying to make dice land on a certain number at an above-chance rate, or influencing a computerized random number generator.

Because of this change in methodologies, psychokinesis experiments rely more heavily on complex statistical analyses; the issue was not whether a person could bend a spoon or knock a glass over with their minds, for example, but whether they could make a coin come up heads significantly above 50 percent of the time over the course of 1,000 trials.

Spiritualism and mediums 
The idea of people being able to move objects through mind power alone has intrigued people for centuries, though only in the late 1800s was it seen as an ability that might be scientifically demonstrated. This occurred during the heyday of the early religion Spiritualism, when psychic mediums claimed to contact the dead during séances, and objects would suddenly and mysteriously move, float, or fly by themselves across the darkened room, seemingly untouched by human hands. Though many people were convinced — including, ironically, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes — it was all a hoax. Fraudulent psychics resorted to trickery, using everything from hidden wires to black-clad accomplices to make objects appear to move untouched.

 As the public slowly grew wise to the faked psychokinesis, the phenomenon faded from view. It was revived again in the 1930s and 1940s, when a researcher at Duke University named J.B. Rhine became interested in the idea that people could affect the outcome of random events using their minds. Rhine began with tests of dice rolls, asking subjects to influence the outcome through the power of their minds. Though his results were mixed and the effects were small, they were enough to convince him that there was something mysterious going on. Unfortunately for Rhine, other researchers failed to duplicate his findings, and many errors were found in his methods.

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Central Sulawesi quake: What we know so far

Central Sulawesi quake: What we know so far
A tsunami hit Palu, Donggala and Mamuju in Central Sulawesi on Friday evening, triggered by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked the province at 5:02 p.m. Jakarta time. The epicenter of the quake is about 27 kilometers northeast of Donggala and 10 km deep.

Prior to the earthquake, in the afternoon, Donggala regency was hit by a 6.0 magnitude quake that killed at least one and injured several others. The quake struck about 2 km north of Donggala at a depth of 10 km and lasted 10 seconds. The earthquake was followed by several aftershocks of magnitudes between 3.2 and 5. The main quake was felt in Donggala, Palu and Poso.

Soon after the evening quake, a tsunami warning for Central Sulawesi was issued at 5:07 p.m. The warning, however, was revoked around 30 minutes later. Soon, pictures and video footage of buildings being hit by water went viral on social media. Confusion ensued due to a lack of information from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) as communications were cut off.

It was only later that the BNPB confirmed that a tsunami had occurred. Its wave reached 1.5 meters high and hit, among other structures, Palu Grand Mall and Baiturrahman Mosque, both located near the coastline.

On Wednesday, the Palu Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Central Sulawesi said the region had been rocked by 30 earthquakes daily over the last four months. The daily quakes were caused by shifts in the Palu-Koro fault, which extends from Poso to the waters of Tolitoli regency and branches off to the Matano fault in South Sulawesi.

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