15-year-old student arrested for ‘terrorizing school’ with YouTube video of phone app.

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GRAY, LA — A 15-year-old student has been arrested after uploading a YouTube video of gameplay from a phone application.  Authorities said his video “terrorized and interfered with operation of his school” and charged him with offenses that could give him a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.

The boy, who has not been named, was a student at H.L. Bourgeois High school.  He had downloaded a phone application called “The Real Strike” which utilizes the camera on a smart phone and superimposes a picture of a gun over the live-feed video.  Whatever the camera phone points towards shows up on the screen with a graphic of a gun pointed towards it.  The user can then use the app to simulate a mock shootout, and can record and share the results.

The student used his phone at school to record some of his classmates, allegedly making a video of a mock shootout at school.  He took his phone home and uploaded the video to YouTube.  Worried parents reported him to the police and he was arrested.  He was charged with “terrorizing and interference with the operation of a school,” according to WGNO.

A video app that anyone can download for $2.99 and use in under 5 minutes, that harmed no one, can now be considered terrorism.

“You can’t ignore it,” says Major Malcolm Wolfe of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office. “We don’t know at what time that game becomes reality.”

According to Wolfe, “He said it was a result of him being frustrated and tired of being bullied. He said that he had no intentions of hurting anybody.  We have to take all threats seriously and we have no way of knowing that without investigating  and getting to the bottom of it.”

Terrorizing in Louisiana (RS 14:40.1) is punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison, with or without hard labor, and up to $15,000 in fines.  Unlawful disruption of the operation of a school (RS 14:40.6) carries a minimum sentence of 1 year in prison and a maximum of 5.  A maximum combined sentence, if convicted, would be 20 years in prison.

The video has been taken down so nobody else will be terrorized, and the school will no longer be disrupted from operation.

The boy has no access to firearms, according to parents.  He has been jailed at the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention center, according to Houma Today.

Here is an application review of “The Real Strike.” Browsing YouTube will produce other videos of the same app being used to point at real people.

Source: http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/15-year-old-student-arrested-terrorizing-school-youtube-video-phone-app/

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Unarmed man shot by police for seeking help after serious car accident.

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CHARLOTTE, NC — After pulling himself out of a devastating car accident, a man seeking help was shot and killed as he approached police officers, prompting a national outcry against the excessive use of force against an innocent, unarmed man.  The police department reversed its initial defense of the shooting to actually charging the officer with voluntary manslaughter.

In the early hours of Saturday, September 14, Jonathan Ferrell, age 24, was the driver in a serious crash in which his truck struck some trees crashed into trees in rural Mecklenburg County.  Managing to free himself from the mangled wreckage by climbing out the back window of his truck, he sought help from the nearest home, which was about 1/2 mile away.  But his unexpected knock at the door at 2:30 AM was not openly received.  The woman inside the home initially thought that the urgent knocks were being made by her husband, but quickly became frightened when she discovered that it was a stranger, whom she thought was a burglar.

“To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize,” said  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe. “She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm, called 9-1-1.”

The man stood outside and “continued to attempt to gain the attention of the homeowner,” a police statement said.  Chief Monroe described the Ferrell’s desperate knocks as “vicious” during a press conference.

Police arrived and located Ferrell a short distance from the home, who must have been relieved to see some first-responders to his car accident.  But police were looking for a burglary suspect, not a victim.

According to the Charlotte Observer, 3 Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers located the man who matched the description from the 9-1-1 call, and Officer Randall Kerrick fired his weapon multiple times as Ferrell ran towards them.

Chief Monroe gave the following description of the scene in a press conference: “He immediately charged toward the three officers, one in particular.  That officer in particular fired his weapon several times, striking the individual multiple times.”

Monroe also conceded that he did not think he was trying to rob the woman, saying, “I don’t believe threats were made.”  The chief confirmed that Ferrell was unarmed.

Ferrell died at the scene.  No evidence of alcohol has been related to the crash.

Initially police authorities defended the shooting, describing Kerrick’s actions late Saturday as “appropriate and lawful,” reported the Charlotte Observer.  But the shooting was evidently too much to defend, and the department, to their credit, filed charges against Officer Randall Kerrick Saturday evening.  Kerrick turned himself in, facing charges of voluntary manslaughter.

All three officers have been placed on paid leave.

“The evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick and the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive,” police said in a statement. “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter. “

Kerrick, 27, of Midland, was already released on $50,000 bond, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office website. Kerrick joined the police force in April 2011.

Ferrell was a former football player at Florida A&M University, and played safety during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He participated on the 2010 Co-MEAC Championship football team, according to WTXL.

He would have turned 25 next month, and leaves behind a fiancée .

Source: http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/unarmed-man-shot-police-seeking-help-serious-car-accident/

Texas man was beaten by police, nearly drowned after being busted for sleeping in his own car without a permit.

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GALVESTON, TX — After doing what he thought was the responsible thing, a man napping by the side of the road found himself being savagely beaten by police and almost drowned in the surf.  He is now suing the city, as well as two officers involved in the incident, in federal court.

Reginald Deon Davis, 34, was returning to his home in La Marque after a friend’s birthday party early in the morning of March 19th when he decided that he was too exhausted to drive any further.  Pulling his car over to the seawall, Davis let his wife know he would be late coming home and dozed off.  Unfortunately for Davis, it is against city ordinance to sleep in a car without a camping permit.  Around 1:45AM, Officer Jose Santos, one of the officers named in the lawsuit, found Davis sleeping and asked him to get out of his vehicle.

This was a tough spot for Davis to be in, as he had two strikes and some outstanding traffic violations.  After being searched and asked to stand by the patrol car, Davis fled on foot.  Officers reported that they believed Davis was trying to dispose of some evidence into the ocean, but Davis maintains that he was running in fear of losing his freedom.  He was possibly facing a third strike, which could mean an exorbitant prison sentence.

Officer Santos fired a taser to subdue Davis before tackling him and holding him in the sand.  Soon more officers arrived and began surrounding Davis, punching and kicking him in the head and holding his head submerged in the tide, commanding him to put his hands behind his back.  At the time, Davis was wearing a cast on his right arm.

“You saw at least 20 strikes. You saw at least three kicks to the face. You saw a man’s head being held under water,” Chad Pinkerton, Davis’ attorney, told CBS News. “That’s excessive force.”

Even though the beating was caught on a police dash cam, the department is standing by the actions of the officers. “Police work is dirty sometimes and our people are out there doing a tough job. And they did this within policy. Of course it looks terrible, but it is what it is, and they were making a lawful arrest,” Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto said.

According to the local ABC affiliate, Porretto said, “Our officers were faced with a violent offender, who ran, assaulted an officer and continually resisted arrest.”

Davis served 100 days for evading arrest, but was not charged with assaulting an officer.

Why a victimless crime like sleeping in your own car needs to be enforced with such intensity as to warrant a pursuit and a beating remains unclear.  The excuse of preventing the man from disposing of “evidence” only leaves us to conclude that the officers were using violence to attempt to preserve their chance at enforcing prohibition laws, of which they had no reason to believe Davis was breaking.

You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7Rhtepasj4

Source: http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/texas-man-beaten-police-nearly-drowned-busted-sleeping-car/

NSA admits it violated American’s privacy by spying on their phone calls.

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The National Security Agency for almost three years searched a massive database of Americans’ phone call records attempting to identify potential terrorists in violation of court-approved privacy rules, and the problem went unfixed because no one at the agency had a full technical understanding of how its system worked, according to new documents and senior government officials.  

Moreover, it was Justice Department officials who discovered the problem and reported it to the court that oversees surveillance programs, the documents show, undermining assertions by the NSA that self-reporting is part of its culture.

The improper activity went on from May 2006 to January 2009, according to a March 2009 opinion by Judge Reggie B. Walton, who serves on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

It was one of more than a dozen documents declassified and released Tuesday in response to lawsuits by civil liberties groups and at the direction of President Obama in the wake of the June disclosure by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden of the massive phone records collection.

The documents released today are a testament to the government’s strong commitment to detecting, correcting and reporting mistakes that occur in implementing technologically complex intelligence collection activities, and to continually improving its oversight and compliance processes,” said James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence.

A strong rebuke of the NSA by the court comes less than a month after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a highly critical FISA court opinion that took the agency to task for its operation of a separate surveillance program. Taken together, the documents released by the office over the past month paint a troubling picture of an agency that has sought and won far-reaching surveillance powers to run complex domestic data collection without anyone having full technical understanding of the efforts, and that has repeatedly misrepresented the programs’ scope to its court overseer.

Such revelations call into question the effectiveness of an oversight program that depends on accurate disclosure by the NSA to a court that acts in secret and says it lacks the resources to verifyindependently the agency’s assertions.

“It has finally come to light that the FISC’s authorizations of this vast collection program have been premised on a flawed depiction of how the NSA uses” the phone data, Walton wrote.

“This misperception by the FISC existed from the inception of its authorized collection in May 2006, buttressed by repeated inaccurate statements made in the government’s submissions,” he continued.
Privacy procedures “have been so frequently and systemically violated that it can fairly be said that this critical element of the overall [phone records] regime has never fully functioned effectively,” he said.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/declassified-court-documents-highlight-nsa-violations/2013/09/10/60b5822c-1a4b-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html

View the NSA documents: 
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/world/declassified-fisa-court-documents-on-intelligence-collection/447/

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Source: http://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2013/09/nsa-admits-it-violated-americans.html

A Crashing Dollar Is Designed To End The American Empire.

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I have been writing about a potential war against Iran and Syria for several years even though I have always said there would be no war as most have imagined it would be. I have noted with interest the resistance of the US military to the suicidal warmongering of the Bankers who think they own the government.

The American Empire was given to the American Branch of our Banker Occupied Government. They had accepted the mantle of enforcer for the World Council, an interlocking board of controlling interest which includes the Rothschild network, the British royal family, the Black Nobility and their associates. The Black Nobility refers to the nobles of Europe who sided with William of Orange, the Dutch Prince who became King of England and Ireland. He brought fractional reserve banking from the Netherlands. This system had previously ruined the people of Venice in 1348 but the Bankers escaped and moved to Holland.  

The Jews had been banned from England by the Edict of Expulsion from King Edward I in 1290. The Jews were not allowed back into England until Oliver Cromwell needed their finances to wage a war against the Irish and a civil war at home.

William of Orange brought fractional reserve banking to England which allowed bankers to collect interest on the money they created out of nothing. The Bank of England was created as a privately owned charted corporation in 1694. It was not nationalized until after WW II.

English shippers had engaged in the early years of the African slave trade  to help Spanish and Portuguese merchants and colonists even before  English colonies allowed slavery. England made 10,000 voyages to take Africans who had been purchased for $20 to be sold in the New World. This slave trade was run by the Jews of Portugal, Spain and England. Aaron Lopez of the United States was a Portuguese Jewish slave trader. He had a silent partner in England (most likely the Rothschilds) who took most of the profits. England banned the African slave trade in 1807. The Jews had already found a replacement source of profit in the Opium trade. They had been making money from the Opium trade prior to the first Opium War (1838-1842). The second war was from 1856 to 1860. The illegal drug trade made the Rothschild network even more incredibly wealthy.

Another source of great wealth for the Jews was colonialism. The Jews wound up owning the mines. The Africans worked for low wages. The Europeans and English soldiers and civil servants had poorly paid jobs with meager pensions.

The British Empire was intentionally destroyed between 1914 and 1944. The Jews wanted the Brits in WW I so the Bolshevik revolution could succeed and 60 million Gentiles could be killed. The Jews did make money from WW I and WW II. Israel which can be thought of as Rothschild Land was created out of the two wars that bankrupted Great Britain. An associate of J P Morgan told Philadelphia businessmen in 1915 that one benefit of America entering World War I was to bankrupt Britain. France and Germany.

The British Empire was given to America’s Banker Occupied Government at the Bretton Woods conference in 1944. This allowed the United States Federal Reserve Bank to print dollars which were accepted as gold had been in the 19th century.  America could print dollars and buy cars from Europe and Japan. America could print dollars and buy food, toys, clothes and electronics for nothing. And most important of all America could print dollars so they could pay for the occupation of the world with I Owe You Nothing Federal Reserve Notes.

This subsidy allowed the American BOG to act as enforcer for the New Colonialism of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the elite corporations. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology did a study which found that 147 corporations controlled world trade. And that these 147 corporations through interlocking Boards of Directors and investments were really one corporation. The banks are allowed to create money out of nothing which leads to mountains of Unpayable Debts which transfers all control and all profits to the 147 international corporations of which the Too Big To Jail Banks and  the Rothschild Network are key players along with the European nobility.

I have previously described the Vietnam War and the Afghan war as America’s Opium wars. The Bankers launder a trillion dollars a year in illegal drugs and weapons sales. They also launder 500 billion dollars a year in bribes. 40% of all bribes were given to Chinese officials. I believe one reason for the assassination of President Kennedy was the desire to make trillions of dollars from the international drug trade. The Bankers used drugs  to destroy our lives and families so resistance to the New World could be weakened. This is a tactic they had learned in their occupation of China.

America was printing so much money that they decided to listen to the tax protester Irwin Schiff. He had said they shouldn’t bother collecting taxes on Americans. All they had to do was to print Green Things. What he said in jest was taken seriously by the Bankers. In 1993 the US Congress ratified the North American Free Trade Act. It sent 12 million jobs and 56,000 manufacturing plants overseas. The US now runs trillion dollar plus budget deficits. America also has an infrastructure deficit of more than 4 trillion dollars. I saw a clip from a documentary comparing American levees to what the Dutch use to hold back the sea. All the Americans could afford was essentially twigs and mud pies. All our money had to go to defend the NWO neo-colonialists and the Israelis.

Israel claims all of the territory from the Nile to the Euphrates. There are 300 million Gentiles living in those countries Israel claims as theirs. 911 was done by the Israelis with the help of politicians in both political parties and the active cooperation of our Corporate Media. The decision to invade Iraq and Afghanistan was made prior to 911. When the Bush administration demanded Osama Bin Laden from the Taliban regime, the Afghans responded correctly by asking for the proof and the indictment. There was no proof. And in any event Osama died in 2001 even before the US invaded the country ostensibly to capture him. One reason for the invasion was the immensely profitable Opium trade which kills 100,000 people worldwide every year. The low cost of heroin has reduced the age of the first time heroin users in the US to 14 and 1/2. The other reason for the Afghan war and the droning of Pakistan was the destruction of oil and natural gas pipelines American oil companies did not like.

The US has spent 6 trillion dollars it does not have on the War on Terror which is just a euphemism for American killing Israel’s neighbors.

I have also said many times that you need to understand that the Bankers know that you are their enemy and have plans to kill you. Step one was the introduction of poisons and toxins into our food, water and vaccines. The second step was the de-industrialization of America and the impoverishment of the American working and middle classes. The third step was the financialization of the economy. Instead of making things America’s brightest college graduates were selling Mortgage Backed securities and Credit Default Swaps.

We are nearly at the end of the American Empire which I had said previously died on the road to Damascus. The dollar was designed to die in a sudden rush of Hyperinflation which will transfer what little the people of the world have left to the Bankers. At that point America will no longer wage wars against anyone. The Jewish New World Order will recruit Americans from their impoverishment to commit war crimes for Zion. Of course according to the long range plan, soldiers will be replaced by robotic killers and drone aircraft, ships and armored cars.

I did say we will not have a World War III as people imagined it. I knew that as a child in grade school when I said that there would never a Global Thermonuclear War because Hydrogen bombs kill rich people. Those are bad weapons. But mass starvation is good because that kills poor people who can’t pay the vigorish. No point in keeping people around who are too poor to be exploited.

No. We are not in peril from nuclear weapons. The real threat has always been the Bankers. The Bankers have stolen everything and they are planning a Hyperinflation that will take what little is left of our pensions and savings. It will also cut our wages in half. They then plan to destroy America with nationwide food riots and multiple simultaneous race wars. At that point the Bankers will release a series of plagues that are designed kill six or more billion people.

The Bankers want us to line up for a new Global Digital currency that would track our every movement and reduce us to slavery.

The Bankers have always absolutely despised you. Now the Bankers want you dead. Those are the lessons of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Hegel wrote of the Master Slave relationship. In that essay he said that only the Slave can inform the Master that they have a new relationship because the Old Master is incapable of learning.

In the next few months the people of the world must unite and say No to the Bankers. If we do not learn to say No, 90% of us will die and 10% will learn to accept Slavery.

Source: http://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/a-crashing-dollar-is-designed-to-end-the-american-empire/

Indiana man sentenced to 8 months in federal prison for teaching people to beat polygraphs.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA — An Indiana man thought he had the freedom to speak about controversial topics and teach others what he knows.  The Federal Government disagreed.  This week that man found out that the penalty for free speech is 8 months in federal prison.  He taught people how to beat polygraph tests.  The case has sparked a debate about whether or not the right to lie, or teach others to lie, should be protected under the First Amendment.

“My wife and I are terrified,” said Chad Dixon, of Marion, Indiana. “I stumbled into this. I’m a Little League coach in Indiana…never in my wildest dreams did I somehow imagine I was committing a crime.”

Dixon, 34, had been struggling to find work as an electrical engineer and began working as a polygrapher.  He soon began giving lessons on defeating the polygraph test.

A polygraph test measures blood pressure, sweat activity, respiration and movement to identify people who lie or try to beat the test.  While polygraph data is not admissible in court, polygraphers use the information to detect what they believe are lies, followed by an attempt to elicit a confession to confirm their suspicions.

Polygraph instructors, like Dixon, claim to teach methods that help the test-subjects avoid scrutiny. Polygraph countermeasures include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic.

“It may be unfortunate for federal law enforcement … but it is protected speech to tell people how to lie on a polygraph,” Dixon’s lawyer, Nina Ginsberg, said.

Despite having no criminal record, the Federal government found out about his lessons and began pursuing him for obstructing federal proceedings and wire fraud.

Federal district Judge Liam O’Grady seemed somewhat sympathetic to Dixon’s argument that merely imparting controversial knowledge to others was a form of free speech, telling attorneys at one point, “There’s nothing unlawful about maybe 95 percent of the business he conducted.”

The other 5 percent?  Explicitly advising prospective federal employees they should lie about having received his training.

Prosecutors asked the federal judge to send a “strong message” in sentencing Dixon.  They reportedly are seeking to discourage potential whistleblowers, criminals, and spies from obtaining national security clearance and gaining access to state secrets.  The federal government uses lie detector tests on 70,000 job applicants per year.

“It does not require much looking to find a respected scientist who has convincingly argued that polygraphs do not operate above chance levels and are therefore detrimental to national security,” McClatchy reported Nina Ginsberg as writing in her response to prosecutors. “Mr. Dixon has done nothing that warrants the government’s attempts to make him the poster child for its newly undertaken campaign to wipe out polygraph countermeasures training.”

Dixon taught between 70 and 100 students.  Now regretting his classes, he said his training amounted to little more than telling people to relax, pinch their abdominal muscles, and silently count backward in increments of three on certain questions.

“Far from embarking on a ‘career of criminal deceit,’ Mr. Dixon was a struggling owner of a small family-owned electrical contracting company, with a third child on the way, who saw a way to stave off foreclosure and protect his family from ballooning financial debt,” Ginsberg wrote. “The government’s exaggerated attempts to lay the fate of society’s most vulnerable and the protection of our national borders at Mr. Dixon’s feet should be seen for what it is.”

“Nothing like this has been done before,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection official Josh Schwartz, according to McClatchy. “Most certainly our nation’s security will be enhanced. There are a lot of bad people out there…this will help us remove some of those pests from society.”

These pests apparently include those exercising their freedom to speak and teach others what they know.  Prosecutors extracted a guilty plea from Dixon late last year to charges of obstruction and wire fraud.  His current lawyer, Ginsburg, says that his plea was given after unsolicited advice from lawyers across the country.  She contests his innocence and wants to fight the charges.

A father of four, Dixon’s family has suffered from this ordeal and his home has gone into foreclosure due to the investigation.  And now he will be sent to prison.

Judge O’Grady’s sentence will bolster federal prosecutors’ pursuit of similar cases.  He stated, “a sentence of incarceration is absolutely necessary to deter others.”

Source: http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/indiana-man-sentenced-8-months-federal-prison-teaching-people-beat-lie-detectors/

More than 200,000 people has applied for a 1-way trip to Mars.

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One year ago, Mars One announced big plans for the Red Planet: a human settlement. The colonizing mission, planned for 2023, would be stylized like a reality TV show, but with the added drama that its participants, the would-be first humans to set foot on another planet, will never get to go home.

Despite that caveat, the foundation announced on Monday that it has received some 202,586 applications from hopefuls eager to live out the rest of their lives on another world – or, to be, exact, within 200 square meters of combined interior space and on a swath of the barren planet accessible only when clad in a protective suit.

“Its kind of a no-brainer to me, though I know that a lot of people don’t feel that way,” says Matt Ambler, a recent Yale graduate and an IT consultant in Washington DC who applied to be among the settlers.

“This is going to be a pretty important thing to do with my life,” he says. “Talk about leaving your mark on humanity.”

Mars One reported that the applicants came from 140 countries, with about a quarter coming from the United States, 10 percent from India, and 6 percent from China. Brazil, Great Britain, Canada, Russia, and Mexico, each put up about 4 percent of the applicants. All of the countries named in the applicant pool place above 100 in the UN’s Human Development Index Ranking for 2012, with the exception of China (101) and India (136), and presumably offer a higher quality of life than can Mars.

The foundation says it will select around six teams of four individuals in 2015. Those teams will spend seven years in training, and the first team will leave for the Red Planet in 2022, arriving the following year. After that, teams will arrive on Mars every two years, and the application portal will reopen to “replenish the training pool,” according to Mars One’s website.

The mission, which will be outfitted with technology purchased from private developers, to expected to cost about $6 billion, a point that the foundation has called its “biggest problem.”

So where will that money come from? Viewers like you.

The fictional Hunger Games, imagined in the 2008 book, fed on a population’s interest in watching people grapple with a 1-in-26 chance of being reunited with their families; Mars One expects that its pockets will brim with the investments of people eager to watch people with essentially zero odds of going home.

“People are interested in a manned mission to Mars; Mars One uses this interest to finance the mission,” according to the foundation’s website, which cites revenue from Olympics broadcasts as evidence of what viewership can bring.

That means that, after Mars One removes the “unsuitable” applicants – applicants must meet certain physical requirements, including perfect vision and a height between 5’2” and 6’3” – viewers will have a say in who gets ferried to Mars, never to come home again, the group says.

Already, applicants who eschewed anonymity have posted videos on the foundation’s websites describing why the public should choose them to colonize Mars.

“You have to appeal to the public to go,” says Jessica Eicher, a senior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Ms. Eicher’s fiancé, David Barbeau, is also an applicant, and the couple expresses plans to become the extraterrestrial equivalent of Adam and Eve.

“Our shared dream is to have a family on Mars with the combined support of the entire human race,” writes Mr. Barbeau, a firefighter in Anchorage, Alaska, in his Mars One application profile. “After all, it takes an entire earth to raise an off world colony.”

At the moment, Mars One says on its website that it will “strongly advise the settlement habitants not to attempt to have children,” given the unknown effects of reduced gravity on conception and fetus development.

“We just feel like people would like us,” Eicher tells the Monitor. “Everyone can relate to a family.”

John Traphagan, a religion professor at the University of Texas at Austin and an advisor to Mars One, says that Mars One is above all looking for tolerant individuals who will cope well with the close quarters.

“The capacity to work well with others is exceedingly important,” he says, noting that in addition to screening for good-natured applicants, Mars One also plans to develop training schemes to prepare the would-be colonizers for the extreme isolation.

Still, all that might not be enough to ward against the possible physiological trauma of the Mars expedition, says Dr. Traphagan.

When Mars One launched in May 2012, the brainchild of Dutch scientist and entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, the blowback was immediate. Besides physical safety concerns, like the effects of radiation on the new astronauts, there were social and psychological worries: Will the group be able to emotionally withstand seven months in a cramped and noisy spaceship, where the only available food is tasteless and freeze-dried and where a shower is just not possible?

Will those astronauts be prepared to cope with living out the rest of their lives with no expectation of seeing their friends and family ever again, or without hope of again experiencing the basic comforts – or even just the lapping waters and warbling birds – of their home planet? Will living what Traphagan calls “restricted lives” with no prospect for travel away from the base, nor anything new to see or plan or hope for, drive the perpetual astronauts mad?

And will these recruits be prepared to live until the end with just each other, or will this be a parable of how, as Jean Paul Sartre put it, “hell is other people”?

“We don’t know,” says Traphagan. ”Humans really don’t have much experience off our planet. We really don’t know what we’re getting into.”

To date, there have been a few studies on long-term isolation, in which participants have been quartered up and monitored for the sociological and psychological effects of such extreme togetherness. But Traphagan notes that participants in those studies benefit from a known release date.

“You know that the year is going to end,” says Traphagan “But on Mars, it doesn’t end. There’s no way to simulate going somewhere and never returning.”

Mr. Ambler, among those who have posted a video to Mars One, says that he is not afraid of the one-way-ticket aspect to the mission.

“That’s the whole point of a colony,” he says, citing the early American settlers. “You go there and you live there.”

Of course, what happened to the England’s first attempt at a settlement in the New World, the 1587 Roanoke Colony, remains a mystery, and Mr. Ambler acknowledges that.

“I’m really not afraid of this,” he says. “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”

Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0910/More-than-200-000-people-apply-for-a-one-way-trip-to-Mars