Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Can you see why the military wants to get away from PowerPoint?

U.S. military looks to dodge bullets ... in PowerPoint - THE DAILY CALLER

The United States may be the world’s only superpower, but high-level generals have become legitimately concerned about another power… specifically, PowerPoint

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/section/tech/#ixzz0mMQpjaOf

No surprise: Paper circulations are dropping

What's black, white, and bleeding money? - AP

The Audit Bureau of Circulations shows average weekday circulation fell 8.7 percent in recent months

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/section/business/#ixzz0mMQ5yXoO

Good news

Consumer confidence rises to 57.9 in April

Highest level since September 2008, just as the financial crisis escalated, according to a private research group

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/section/business/#ixzz0mMPjg4cH

I understand most of the material is monosyllabic

Marilyn Monroe's Writing To Be Released In Collection This Fall

Marilyn Monroe

Stepping Forward With 'Soulful' Opinions...From Paris

There can be no discussion of shoes without Paris's opinion firmly inserted.

A step forward

Illustration of Dr. Ville Kaajakari's shoe power generator

Shoe Power Generator, Embedded in the Sole of a Shoe, Harvest Energy

ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2010) — Dr. Ville Kaajakari, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Louisiana Tech University has developed a technology that harvests power from a small generator embedded in the sole of a shoe.

Kaajakari's innovative technology, developed at Louisiana Tech's Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM), is based on new voltage regulation circuits that efficiently convert a piezoelectric charge into usable voltage for charging batteries or for directly powering electronics.

"This technology could benefit, for example, hikers that need emergency location devices or beacons," said Kaajakari. "For more general use, you can use it to power portable devices without wasteful batteries."


Red hot chili pepper.

Scientists Learn to Block Pain at Its Source: New Non-Addictive Painkillers from Substance Similar to Ingredient in Hot Chili Peppers

ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2010) — A substance similar to capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their heat, is generated at the site of pain in the human body. Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have discovered how to block these capsaicin-like molecules and created a new class of non-addictive painkillers.

Delightful New Russian Missiles Can Be Hidden in Shipping Containers

Delightful New Russian Missiles Can Be Hidden in Shipping ContainersOh...great. A Russian company is now marketing a new cruise missile system that can be hidden in a shipping container, turning any merchant ship into a warship able to take out an aircraft carrier. Cool?

So who exactly would be in the market for the Club-K system? No bigs, just countries like Iran and Venezuela. And those countries could go ahead and pass the weapons along to even less savory characters.

Political Cartoon by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

Don’t trust the media, read it for yourself.

The Arizona law makes it a state crime for aliens not to have immigration documents on their person. This sounds draconian, except it’s been a federal crime for more than half a century — U.S.C. 1304(e). Has the open-borders crowd forgotten that it calls illegal aliens “undocumented” for a reason?

Consider the offending provision: “For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state . . . where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”

Meanwhile in Congress

Reid Forgets He Voted 'Against' Reform Cloture, Blames GOP For Failure...


Top Dem holds Wall Street fundraiser during Wall Street bill debate...

Very Interesting

Military's Hypersonic Falcon Missile Test

On the heels of last week's top-secret X37-B launch, the U.S. Air Force launched -- and ultimately crashed -- an experimental hypersonic glider theoretically capable of hitting Mach 20.

This conceptual image shows DARPA's original vision of the hypersonic glider, now known as the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2.

It was a watershed week for conspiracy theorists, with President Barack Obama throwing his support behind several major upgrades to the country's rapid-response strike capability.

On the heels of the top-secret X37-B launch, the U.S. Air Force launched an even more secret experimental hypersonic glider able to travel more than 4,000 miles in 30 minutes from launch. The craft -- dubbed the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 -- was launched via a Minotaur 4-Lite rocket Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Air Force announced.

Conspiracy theorists have long reported on a secret project known as "Aurora" -- a hypersonic spy plane capable of speeds up to Mach 6 (3,700 mph). The Falcon seems to be the culmination of that project, but it's capable of much, much more, according to a fact sheet from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The sheet explains that once the vehicle accelerates into the upper atmosphere, it is designed to separate from its booster and glide across the Pacific at around 13,000 mph, or nearly Mach 20.

The test vehicle launched last week reached Mach 5 on launch, and was designed to crash and sink into the sea and sink near Kwajalein Atoll, 2,000 miles south-west of Hawaii, 30 minutes later and 4,000 miles from the launch site.

I was 19, been on an Army Post for 3 months when I went on my first SouthWest flight. I had not seen a woman in that time and then this

This Was The Golden Age Of Air TravelThis Was The Golden Age Of Air TravelTravelers in the '60s and '70s didn't care about being stranded on a runway for eight hours. More time just meant more boozin' n' flirtin' with miniskirt-clad stewardesses. This gallery, courtesy of Vacations.com, show us what we've...lost?

A 100 years ago people would have bet on finding Noah’s Ark before a picture of Earth could be taken from Mars.

 Earth, Viewed From Another Planet

I can only imagine the feeling of standing on Mars and seeing this exact view of home

This would be HUGE

Has Noah's Ark Been Found on Turkish Mountaintop?

The remains of Noah's Ark have been discovered 13,000 feet up a Turkish mountain -- according to a sensational claim by evangelical explorers.

Noah’s Ark Ministries International

An explorer examines wooden beams inside what some are nearly certain is the remains of Noah's Ark.

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say wooden remains they have discovered on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey are the remains of Noah's Ark.

The group claims that carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old, meaning they date to around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Mt. Ararat has long been suspected as the final resting place of the craft by evangelicals and literalists hoping to validate biblical stories.

Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team that made the discovery, said: "It's not 100 percent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it."

There have been several reported discoveries of the remains of Noah's Ark over the years, most notably a find by archaeologist Ron Wyatt in 1987. At the time, the Turkish government officially declared a national park around his find, a boat-shaped object stretched across the mountains of Ararat.

Nevertheless, the evangelical ministry remains convinced that the current find is in fact more likely to be the actual artifact, calling upon Dutch Ark researcher Gerrit Aalten to verify its legitimacy.

Remember McCain was pro immigration reform until recently.

Calling the situation in Arizona 'the worst I've ever seen,' John McCain says drugs are pouring into U.S. from Mexico, and tough immigration law was the only option.

Fascinating. Indifference on the sub conscious level.

Human Brain Recognizes and Reacts to Race

ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2010) — The human brain fires differently when dealing with people outside of one's own race, according to new research out of the University of Toronto Scarborough.

This research, conducted by social neuroscientists at University of Toronto-Scarborough, explored the sensitivity of the "mirror-neuron-system" to race and ethnicity. The researchers had study participants view a series of videos while hooked up to electroencephalogram (EEG) machines. The participants -- all white -- watched simple videos in which men of different races picked up a glass and took a sip of water. They watched white, black, South Asian and East Asian men perform the task.

Typically, when people observe others perform a simple task, their motor cortex region fires similarly to when they are performing the task themselves. However, the U of T research team, led by PhD student Jennifer Gutsell and Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Inzlicht, found that participants' motor cortex was significantly less likely to fire when they watched the visible minority men perform the simple task. In some cases when participants watched the non-white men performing the task, their brains actually registered as little activity as when they watched a blank screen.

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Think what we could have saved on ObamaCare if only…

Brazilians told to have more sexual intercourse to avoid illness

High blood pressure afflicts a quarter of Brazil's 190-million strong population

Brazilians told to have more sexual intercourse to avoid illness

Brazilians can fight off chronic illness by engaging regularly in physical exercise, and particularly in sexual intercourse, the country's health minister said.

When 'business' meets defense

"It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control. Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable."

ARMY BRIG. GEN. H. R. McMASTER, on the growing use of PowerPoint presentations among military commanders.


The Politics of ‘Anything Goes’

* “Even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us–the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of ‘anything goes.’ Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America–there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America–there’s the United States of America.”–state senator Barack Obama, Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2004

* “In the video message to his supporters, [President] Obama said his administration’s success depends on the outcome of this fall’s elections and warned that if Republicans regain control of Congress, they could ‘undo all that we have accomplished.’ ‘This year, the stakes are higher than ever,’ he said, according to a transcript of his remarks provided by Democratic officials. ‘It will be up to each of you to make sure that young people, African Americans, Latinos and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again. . . .’ “–Washington Post, April 26, 2010

So we have two parts of the country that are calling for the National Guard: Ariz and Chi. One is because the Fed will not control the border. The other is because of a lot more than gun control.

SO HOW’S THAT GUN CONTROL WORKING FOR YOU? A Community Disorganized: Chicago Democrats Want National Guard Brought In. “In order to curb Chicago’s rampant and increasing outbreak of violence, State Representatives John Fritchey (D-11th District) and LaShawn Ford (D-8th District) want to call in the National Guard. Yesterday, the legislators urged city and state officials to use the Guard to bolster a thinly stretched Chicago Police.”

Links to Yesterday


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