Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Resurrection...From Paris

Reverence.  Wonderment. Tears.

Impossible to watch this drama unwrap, without crying.  This tiny microcosm of society, with anxious wives, (anxious mistresses),  and sweet seven year old boys waiting. 

A billion people from around the world held hands and watched this resurrection.

What a band of brothers.  What a story.

You read it right. This is the Dem candidate for Gov of the largest state.

Jerry Brown: "We Need More Welfare and Fewer Jobs"

If you think the situation in California is bad now, wait until Governor Moonbeam gets reinstated. Here's his economic policy:

The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs. Jobs for every American is doomed to failure because of modern automation and production. We ought to recognize it and create an income-maintenance system so every single American has the dignity and the wherewithal for shelter, basic food, and medical care. I'm talking about welfare for all.

You see, when everyone is on welfare, we can just let robots do all the work while we sit around our government-provided homes and watch Oprah all day. Then we'll all be Democrats. Utopia!


Dems still way ahead in the cash race

In the 40 races deemed toss-ups by the Cook Political Report, a political handicapper, Democratic candidates had a combined $39.3 million of cash on hand as of June 30, the most-recent filing deadline. Republican candidates had $16.5 million in the bank.

16 Unexpected Health And Beauty Benefits Of Sex


(Actually just a select few, but if you need these type of reasons you are missing the point)

2. Boosts immunity. You know the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Turns out there was a typo in that medical journal. It should have said, "Having sex once or twice a week increases levels of an antibody called immunoglobin A (that's the stuff that fights off colds and other infections), which really keeps the doctor away!" Deduction: more sex means a stronger immune system.

10. Acts as a natural pain killer. Oxytocin, one of the chemicals released during sex, increases endorphins and decreases pain, particularly headaches—which means that standby headache excuse isn't going to cut it anymore. Sex also speeds up the healing of wounds, even stubborn sores like those suffered by diabetics. Before heading to the medicine cabinet, see if a quickie can't cure minor ailments!

11. Sheds pounds. Got a few pounds to lose but aren't willing to abandon your love affair with hot wings and chocolate cake? Sex could be an option! While it may not be as productive at weight loss as more traditional cardio or strength training, we burn an average of 170 calories per hour of active sex, which is about a pound after 21 hour-long sessions. There are certainly worse ways to lose weight.

12. Lowers our risk of cancer. We love our guys, so let's love their prostates too by helping them get off more often. Studies show that men in their 20s who ejaculate 5+ times a week reduced their risk of prostate cancer by a third, and older men reporting 21+ ejaculations per month lowered their risk as well. As for us ladies, regular sex has been shown to reduce our risk of breast cancer.

2 classic books that were considered failures, initially.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

10 classic SF books that were originally considered failuresAccording to the Huxley biography by Nicholas Murray (page 263), Brave New World initially sold about 13,000 copies in the U.K., which wasn't bad. But in the U.S., it was more or less a failure, because "its jaundiced view of the materialist Utopia would be less welcome" stateside. (And it was already starting on its long path to become one of the most banned books of all time.)

Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

10 classic SF books that were originally considered failuresRayner Unwin, Tolkien's publisher, wrote to his father, Sir Stanley Unwin, that this series could lose their company a thousand pounds. His father responded that if Rayner really believed the books were a work of genius, "then you may lose a thousand pounds." (Rayner was also responsible for dividing the story into three books, but also fought against cutting anything out of it.) In the event, according to Leslie Jones' biography of Tolkien (page 101) The Fellowship Of The Ring's original print run of 3,500 copies sold out within six weeks, necessitating a second printing.

Oct. 13, 1884: Greenwich Resolves Subprime Meridian Crisis

1884: Geographers and astronomers adopt Greenwich as the Prime Meridian, the international standard for zero degrees longitude.

The late 19th century was an era of standardization. With the Second Industrial Revolution stimulating world trade, the Treaty of the Meter established the International System of weights and measures in 1875. With railroads linking together entire continents, nations were replacing hundreds (or even thousands) of diverging local times with a system of hour-wide time zones. (The United States adopted its zones in 1883.)

Amid all this, navigation at sea — and the charting of stars in the heavens — often remained a matter of local, national or even religious preference. Maps might be based on longitude east or west of Jerusalem, Saint Petersburg, Rome, Pisa, Copenhagen (think Tycho Brahe), Oslo, Paris, Greenwich (just east of central London), El Hierro (in the Canary Islands), Philadelphia (former U.S. capital) and Washington, D.C. These divergent reference meridians — representing a mixture of astronomical, theological and maritime power — ranged over 112 degrees of longitude.

You could do the math, but that meant you did the math. These were the days before computers and even the bulkiest of mechanical calculators. Got abacus?

Many state boundaries in the U.S. West were determined by the Washington Meridian, which then ran through the Old Naval Observatory in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. But an 1850 law established its use “for all astronomical purposes, and … the meridian of Greenwich shall be adopted for all nautical purposes.”

In the interests of global amity — and commerce — U.S. President Chester Alan Arthur convened the International Meridian Conference in Washington in 1884. Delegates from 25 countries attended.

The conference set out to select a Prime Meridian for the world

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Calling it like it is

Just Admit It, Newspapers: You’re Scared of Muslims. “No, Martel/Brauchli, you pulled the cartoon because your fear of Muslims outweighs your commitment to free expression, period.” May you have joy of the incentive structure you’re creating, O guardians of societal values. Because you’re going to be living with it.

That is $67.50 per person. Amazing. And continues the point about Repub women

Bachmann Rakes in $5.4 million; Smashing Congressional Fundraising Record... “I am so grateful to the more than 80,000 people who have contributed to my campaign this quarter,”  Bachmann said in a statement Wednesday. 

Perhaps it is time to bring up a line from Shakespeare ...

'Methinks thou doth protest too much ..."

'Spirit of political disclosure'? - TheDC

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was once with a political advocacy group that refused to disclose donors

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So, is that right? It's too funked up to be vulnerable to terrorist attack?


The US electrical grid is too crappy to be vulnerable to terrorist attack, say physicists

The US government worries that terrorists could take down the country's electrical grid just by hitting a small node in the system. But a new study reveals the grid is too unreliable for that kind of attack. More »

Yes sirreeeee, Bob! You can find them funky-lookin' toadstool trees righty here on Earth!


Where on Earth do these extraterrestrial toadstool trees grow?

The Socotra archipelago is an isolated island chain in the middle of the Indian Ocean. One-third of the flora on Socotra grows nowhere else on the planet, including these curious dragon's blood trees (Dracaena cinnabari). More »

Risky bidness


Restarting A Stalled Plane Engine The Hard Way

"Back in the old days of skydiving, with the kind of planes they used, sometimes the engine would stall in the air, and then they would have to get out and turn it by hand to get it going again." More »

The secret is in the link between head and hand

I suppose that could be taken the wrong way

Click here to read Handwriting Practice Could Improve Your Cognitive Abilities

Handwriting Practice Could Improve Your Cognitive Abilities

Typing is certainly a lot more efficient, but discarding handwriting entirely might not be such a great idea. Picking up a pencil and a pad of paper to write out your ideas could aid your thought process and learning ability. More »

Not a journey for the faint of heart

There are easier ways to go watch a golf tournament

One Man's Mile-Long Sewer Journey Ends at Golf Tournament

A 3,000 gallon surge of raw sewage sucked a Missouri construction worker one mile through a 27-inch wide sewer pipe before he was finally rescued at the 15th hole of a golf course yesterday. He's recovering in the hospital. More »


Chef discovers extremely rare round egg


Artist creates unusual "people reef"

Diver swims up to the life-sized statues on the sea bed underwater at Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park in Mexico

Diver swims up to the life-sized statues on the sea bed underwater at Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park in Mexico

Up, up and away ...

Airline captain dies at the controls while flying plane

An unnamed captain died while he was flying a plane - but the aircraft stopped off and, after a short delay, made sure the passengers reached their destination

The Qatar Airways captain was in charge of Flight QR645, operating from Manila to Doha, and 'passed away on board', an e-mail statement from the airline company said.


Someone cue the music: "Torn between two lovers ..."

Between a rock and a hard place: Among the last to be rescued, the miner who has a wife AND a mistress on the surface

 Miner Yonni Barrios

Yonni Barrios's affair was discovered by his wife of 28 years when he was trapped underground. She will not be there when he's rescued tonight.

    Is this where your tax dollars should be going? Supporting segregationist gay bar’s rent and lubs?

    Public Funds for Condoms and Lubricants at Gay Bar

    Big Government can seize pretty much all the money it wants from us. So long as the economy has not yet been bled to death, the only problem is, what to do with so much loot? Bureauweenies in Arkansas came up with this idea: use some to facilitate homosexuality:

    A non-profit organization called "Brotha's and Sistah's Inc." (B&S) applied for and received a $50,000 grant as part of an overall $340,419 in grant awarded by the AMHC [Arkansas Minority Health Commission] for HIV/AIDS prevention. The targeted population listed in the application is "Arkansas' Black LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Community's MSM (Men having Sex with Men)."
    The B&S grant funded the organization's operation inside a gay nightclub called Club Good Times on 3910 Asher Avenue in Little Rock that according to the application "caters to the Black SGL (Same Gender Loving) population in Arkansas." In fact, B&S lists their address as the same address as Club Good Times on their application. The funding was  for the distribution of materials inside the club such as condoms and lubricants, and for renting space from Club Good Times.


    The Estate Tax Nail-Biter

    The Hill, Estate Tax May Become Another Nail-Biter Debate When Lawmakers Return:

    Interest groups on both sides of the estate tax debate are unsure how the issue will play out when lawmakers return to Washington for the post-election lame-duck session. ...

    “Unfortunately, I think there is a pretty good chance that they just run it out and let [the repeal] expire,” said Phil Kerpen, vice president of policy at Americans for Prosperity.
    Democratic lawmakers were supposed to have wrapped an estate-tax fix in legislation extending the middle-class tax cuts enacted under President Bush.
    Sources close to the matter said the fix resuscitated 2009 law, which placed a 45 percent tax on estates exceeding $3.5 million. The levy would be indexed for inflation so fewer people would become ensnared by it.
    But Democratic leaders opted to delay action on the Bush-era tax cuts until after the election, thereby punting a resolution on the estate tax into the lame-duck session.
    “Inaction is certainly possible, particularly in the lame-duck, which tend to be unproductive,” Chuck Marr, director of federal tax policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told The Hill. “We certainly saw last year that inaction is possible.”

    This Is Why You Shouldn't Eat Happy Meals

    Click here to read This Is Why You Shouldn't Eat Happy Meals

    Sally Davies bought a McDonald's Happy Meal on April 26, 2010. She placed it on her coffee table, uncovered, and took photos every day for six months. This video shows the results, which are quite scary

    Sally Davies bought a McDonald's Happy Meal on April 26, 2010. She placed it on her coffee table, uncovered, and took photos every day for six months. This video shows the results, which are quite scary.

    180 days—and she says there were no worms, mold, smell, or visible decomposition of any kind.

    Another plane the Air Force can not retire

    An A-10 Thunderbolt II flies a close-air-support mission over Afghanistan on Oct. 7. The A-10 has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and are highly accurate weapons-delivery platforms. The first production A-10A was delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in October 1975. It was designed specially for the close-air-support mission and had the ability to combine large military loads, long loiter and wide combat radius, which proved to be vital assets to the United States and its allies during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Noble Anvil. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon)

    An A-10 Thunderbolt II flies a close-air-support mission over Afghanistan on Oct. 7.

    October 13, 2010: In Afghanistan, the most requested ground support aircraft is the U.S. A-10. It's been that way since 2002, and there was similar A-10 affection in Iraq. Troops from all nations quickly come to appreciate the unique abilities of this 1970s era aircraft, that the U.S. Air Force has several times tried to retire. Now, over 300 remaining A-10s are being upgraded, so that they can fly until 2028. This includes new electronics as well as structural and engine refurbishment.

    One of the cardinal rules of success.

    On The Bleeding Edge Of The West. “Public opinion follows momentum. It was like this during the Cold War, too. What changed between the Carter years and the Reagan years? The United States invaded Grenada. Why did the United States invade Grenada? It was the first step in shifting momentum, and global politics follows momentum. The world’s peoples will magnetically move toward whoever they think is winning.”

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    Chicago hometown reporters shield Emanuel from outsider's questions...

    Eat your veggies.

    Consuming Vegetables Linked to Decreased Breast Cancer Risk in African-American Women

    ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2010) — Investigators from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have reported that African American women who consume more vegetables are less likely to develop estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer than women with low vegetable intake. The study results, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, were based on data from the Black Women's Health Study (BWHS), a large follow-up study of 59,000 African American women from across the U.S. conducted by investigators at the Slone Epidemiology Center since 1995.

    The incidence of ER-/PR- breast cancer was 43 percent lower among women consuming at least two vegetables per day compared with women who ate fewer than four vegetables per week.

    The Corruption Continues

    Barney Frank's Swanky Free Private Jet Ride

    Barney Frank's  Free Private Jet Ride 

    U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, immersed in one of the toughest political fights of his career, took a free private jet to the Virgin Islands courtesy of a Maine congresswoman’s billionaire fiance — whose company received a $200 million federal bailout, the Herald has learned.

    They Don’t Think You are Very Smart, Part Three

    They don’t think you are very smart, part two

    Michael Barone observes an irony in the White House's demagogic campaign against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: "Back in 2008, we were supposed to vote for the candidate foreigners loved. Now in 2010, we are supposed to vote against the party foreigners support."

    Read this carefully. It pretty well encapsulates all that O is doing (failing) in foreign policy.

    NASA boss ignores world’s big polluters to pick on little ol’ Canada.

    James Hansen, the head of one of President Barack Obama’s NASA labs, came to Canada last week to tell us not to allow a French company called Total to proceed with its Canadian oilsands project.

    Even for Obama, that’s quite a foreign policy accomplishment: Interfering with two allies at once. NASA used to be about exploring space — that’s what the S stands for. But NASA’s new boss, Charles Bolden, recently told Al Jazeera TV that Obama has given him new marching orders: Inspire children to learn math, expand international relationships. “Perhaps foremost. he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering.”

    But when you think about it, Hansen is following Obama’s instructions perfectly: The Saudis probably do “feel good” that NASA is trying to shut down their Canadian oil competitors.

    They don’t think you are very smart

    BIDEN: Dems not running on administration's accomplishments because 'it's just too hard to explain'...

    OBAMA: DC's 'lightning fast' news cycle confuses Americans...

    Obama: 'There's no such thing as shovel-ready projects'...


    He also disagreed with Tom Brokaw that calling a woman a whore is like calling a black a nigger. Out of touch.

    Jerry Brown to Meg Whitman: Hey, that “whore” conversation was private

    Good to Remember

    Tea Party began as reaction to Republican failures. Yes, GOP leaders, of all people, shouldn’t get cocky. If they blow it this time, they’re likely to see third-party challenges not only at the Presidential, but at the Congressional-race level in 2012.

    Different Rules for Them than US

    If This Were the Private Sector, Those Congressional Staffers Would End Up in Jail. Jail, like taxes, is for the little people.

    Something else is at work here. Interesting distinction.

    Higher Education Predicts Better Cardiovascular Health Outcomes in High-Income Countries

    ScienceDaily (Sep. 7, 2010) — In one of the first international studies to compare the link between formal education and heart disease and stroke, the incidence of these diseases and certain risk factors decreased as educational levels increased in high-income countries, but not in low- and middle-income countries.

    Researchers -- who reported their study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association -- also found that smoking rates unexpectedly increased with greater education level among women in high-income and low-and middle-income regions. Furthermore, highly educated women in low-and-middle-income countries had a slight increase in the incidence of fatal and nonfatal heart attack and stroke. Among all other groups, heart disease declined as education increased, with highly educated men in high-income countries showing the lowest level of disease.

    In general, low- and middle-income countries have not achieved a significant degree of industrialization relative to their populations, and often have a medium to low standard of living. There is a strong correlation between low income and high population growth.

    "We can't simply take studies that are conducted in high-income countries, particularly as they relate to socioeconomic status and health outcomes, and extrapolate them to low- and middle-income countries," said Abhinav Goyal, M.D., M.H.S., lead author of the study and assistant professor of epidemiology and medicine (cardiology) at Emory Rollins School of Public Health and Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga

    Probably true. The problem is the outliers. All (dare we use that word) the great mathematicians have been male. That is the part that is hard to explain. On the other hand 60% of the undergraduates are female so this problem will be solved in 30 to 40 years.

    Females Are Equal to Males in Math Skills, Large Study Shows

    ScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2010) — The mathematical skills of boys and girls, as well as men and women, are substantially equal, according to a new examination of existing studies in the current online edition of journal Psychological Bulletin.

    From Dr. Y referring to Paris’ (married to a Dr) comments re my post about payment to Doctors ( Clearly the country going broke over Obama Care and Doctors holding the highest paid job in the country went over their area of concerns. Doctors focus on the individual in front of them. They are not trained to to see the big picture – hence Hospital administrators. Attorneys on the other hand personify everything that made this country great – and everything that is wrong with it.)

    I also took Bill to task for this post. What in the world is he thinking? I know of know (sic) lawyer who has saved anyone's life as a lawyer (other than a few death row people). Yet how many lives does a physician, much less an anesthesiologist, save every day? Lawyers.....

    Sexist Comment: Why do Repub women look so much better than the Dems?


    If money is any indication, the hottest Republican House candidate in the country is Kristi Noem. The 38-year-old rancher has raised more campaign cash than any Republican house challenger in the country.

    Sell it back to Ted

    CNN’s primetime ratings last night: The lowest in 10 years