Saturday, March 6, 2010

Being More Like A Man?...From Paris

Do you remember that fantastic scene in 'My Fair Lady', in which Professor Higgins ranted to his buddy Coronal Pickering: "Woman are irrational, irritating, exasperating, maddening, and infuriating! Why can't a woman be more like a man?" The Professor continued: "Men are honest, good natured, eternally noble, historically fair and easy to please."
So. The question remains. Why CAN'T a woman be more like a man?
(To be continued in a manner consistent with irrational thought, irritating argument and infuriating other words, the truth)

Not here? Army promotes a Islamic Crazy, the navy promotes a female Captain Bligh. Yes here.

UK HEALTHCARE: Neglected by 'lazy' nurses, man, 22, dying of thirst rang the police to beg for water...

We have been here

North America is so green, Asia so brown

Researchers from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre have released the clearest and most complete image of Planet Earth ever seen...

Pieced together using thousands of images observed from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imagining Spectroradiometer (MODIS), which is onboard the satellite Terra, the crystal clear view of our home planet was taken from 700 km above the Earth's surface

Of course, American Media is not mentioning this


Pelosi vowed in 2007, after string of GOP scandals, that Dems would 'drain the swamp,' but her party has been rocked recently by its own share of controversy.

Foolish Enough to Elect O

One of the key arguments of Barack Obama's Presidential campaign was that he would improve America's image around the world. This idea was based on the false assumption that anti-Americanism was due to factors peculiar to the Bush administration, as opposed to the basic realities of America's role in the world and the hostility that many feel toward our values and interests. Thus, anyone foolish enough to believe that electing Obama would transform our international relationships must be disappointed.

Most recently, student protests have broken out in Indonesia against Obama's planned visit to the land of his youth. One might think that Indonesia, especially, would welcome Obama as a favorite son.  Here, protesters hurl shoes at a picture of Obama:


Most liberals liked it when an Islamic militant threw his shoe at George Bush. I've seen no comment on their feelings about having the same courtesy extended to Obama.

My Great Pyrenees is hiding under the table

Typed in “bill roberts” in to Bing’s images. This was the best picture to come up. So I tried Willaim A Roberts and the second picture came up. Time to stop.

The greatest entrance ever! Stick around for the Heineken

No one made an entrance quite like Peter O'Toole did (

We work for them

Public relations manager
Federal  $132,410
Private  $88,241

Broadcast technician
Federal  $90,310
Private   $49,265

Federal  $98,060
Private   $72,120

Graphic designer
Federal  $70,820
Private   $46,565

Landscape architects
Federal  $80,830
Private   $58,380

Federal  $38,400
Private   $23,279

Laundry, dry-cleaning worker

Black Swans and Narrative Fallacy. If you are a History lover this article is for you

Seizing the Opportunity to Destroy Western Civilization

A fable agreed upon

A fable agreed upon

Nassim Nicholas Taleb defines black swans as events that:

  1. Are totally unpredictable by mortal minds.
  2. Have a disproportionately large impact.
  3. Have retroactive predictability imposed on them through the foresight of 20/20 hindsight.

Taleb frequently points to the outbreak of World War I as an example of a black swan. He scoffs at historical accounts that present the outbreak as the result of trends that built up over the preceding decades, dismissing them as manifestations of the narrative fallacy:

Narrative fallacy: our need to fit a story or pattern to a series of connected or disconnected facts.

As evidence of the narrative fallacy in histories of World War I, Taleb cites Niall Ferguson’s The Pity Of War on the failure of bond investors to price the possibility of war into their trades right before the war broke out. Ferguson now returns the favor in Complexity and Collapse, citing Taleb in his excoriation of historians who peddle epic theories of social collapse like Giambattista Vico, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Karl Marx, Oswald Spengler, Arnold Toynbee, Paul Kennedy, and Jared Diamond. After any major historical event, Ferguson complains:

…historians arrive on the scene. They are the scholars who specialize in the study of “fat tail” events—the low-frequency, high-impact moments that inhabit the tails of probability distributions, such as wars, revolutions, financial crashes, and imperial collapses. But historians often misunderstand complexity in decoding these events. They are trained to explain calamity in terms of long-term causes, often dating back decades. This is what Nassim Taleb rightly condemned in The Black Swan as “the narrative fallacy”: the construction of psychologically satisfying stories on the principle of post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
Drawing casual inferences about causation is an age-old habit. Take World War I. A huge war breaks out in the summer of 1914, to the great surprise of nearly everyone. Before long, historians have devised a story line commensurate with the disaster: a treaty governing the neutrality of Belgium that was signed in 1839, the waning of Ottoman power in the Balkans dating back to the 1870s, and malevolent Germans and the navy they began building in 1897. A contemporary version of this fallacy traces the 9/11 attacks back to the Egyptian government’s 1966 execution of Sayyid Qutb, the Islamist writer who inspired the Muslim Brotherhood. Most recently, the financial crisis that began in 2007 has been attributed to measures of financial deregulation taken in the United States in the 1980s.

Ferguson proclaims that the real truth is found in the opposite direction:

In reality, the proximate triggers of a crisis are often sufficient to explain the sudden shift from a good equilibrium to a bad mess. Thus, World War I was actually caused by a series of diplomatic miscalculations in the summer of 1914, the real origins of 9/11 lie in the politics of Saudi Arabia in the 1990s, and the financial crisis was principally due to errors in monetary policy by the U.S. Federal Reserve and to China’s rapid accumulation of dollar reserves after 2001. Most of the fat-tail phenomena that historians study are not the climaxes of prolonged and deterministic story lines; instead, they represent perturbations, and sometimes the complete breakdowns, of complex systems.

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Harry Truman was an ordinary man who found greatness in principles. From Jody

Harry Truman was a different kind of President.  He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri . His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and,  later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale.."

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

The son of Hamas

A remarkable and true story of betrayal, love and grace by the son of the founder of Hamas. Three things changed his life - the horrific violence of Hamas, the words of a British cabbie and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Now 32, Mosab is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founder and leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Throughout the last decade, from the second Intifada to the current stalemate, he worked alongside his father in the West Bank. During that time the younger Mr. Yousef also secretly embraced Christianity. And as he reveals in his book "Son of Hamas," out this week, he became one of the top spies for Israel's internal security arm, the Shin Bet.

Yesterday in DC

Critics say Obama's deficit panel appointee is a radical, should be investigated for failure to register as lobbyist.

CBO: Obama’s budgets will add $9.7 trillion to the deficit by 2020

Was the Truther Democrat who shot those cops at the Pentagon a “right-wing extremist”?

CATO: Will Taxing Foreign Visitors Promote Tourism?

Great! "Only" 36,000 Jobs Lost! (Remember, the “unemployment rate” is only those drawing benefits, it is not everyone out of work.)

"Today is a big day in America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good."--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, March 5

The Value Of Your Time...From Paris

A recent commercial advertised something other than the product. The concept was so powerful, it overwhelmed the brand name of the product. The concept? Saving time. The voice asked "Would you like to do a load of laundry (wash and dry) in under 35 min? I thought about how much time is consumed with life 'tasks' and how far we have come addressing what is important; what we value most is TIME to do what we value most.
We've come a long way baby!

16% unemployed and the Dems want to do what?

States, EPA in Climate Battle

EPA threatens to regulate carbon emissions if Congress won't — but states say new regulations will kill jobs

Alice Review


Tim Burton's "Alice" Is A Bad Marriage Between Disney and Goth

If Alice in Wonderland is a hybrid of Disney sensibilities and Burton's dark weirdness, I'm afraid the Disney side is dominant. A 3D remake of Lewis Carroll's classic novels, Alice has a heart of darkness wrapped in a cloying exterior.

Something very compelling about this photo

Orangutan Hacks Snack Machine

At the Hanover zoo, an orangutan must pull a succession of strings before being rewarded with a nut. Sometimes, the experience gets a bit frustrating: More »

I have often thought that Texas drivers are polite for this reason – and that politeness is contagious.

Starbucks, Like Robert Heinlein & William S. Burroughs, Knows That an Armed Society is a Polite Society.

Going after the Repubs

The Floor of Congress:Day by Day Cartoon