Friday, July 29, 2011
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, from spiritual truth to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage." -- Sir Alexander Fraser Tytler (Scottish historian and classicist in 1790)
Worse Than Wartime Baghdad
July 28, 2011: Mexico’s most violent city, Ciudad Juarez, suffered over 3,100 murders last year. That's 238 per 100,000 population. That's far higher than Baghdad during the height of the terrorism violence a few years ago. In New York City, the rate is 6.5. The most violent American city, Camden, New Jersey, has a rate of 40. Meanwhile, Ciudad Juarez has a new police chief, who cleaned up the violence in Tijuana, a city with the same population (1.3 million), and the same problem (out-of-control drug gang violence.)
Records broken on hottest day in a decade in DC
WASHINGTON - The hottest day in the D.C. region in 10 years broke heat records at all three area airports.
The heat index reached 107 degrees Friday, mirroring the dangerous heat levels the Washington, D.C. region saw earlier this month.
According to the ABC 7 Weather Team, the record high of 104 was only two degrees shy of the highest temperature ever in Washington.
Map of the migration of modern man out of Africa. Triangles represent Aurignacian (considered the first modern humans) split-base points.
Fall of the Neanderthals: Volume of Modern Humans Infiltrating Europe Cited as Critical Factor
ScienceDaily (July 28, 2011) — New research sheds light on why, after 300,000 years of domination, European Neanderthals abruptly disappeared. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered that modern humans coming from Africa swarmed the region, arriving with over ten times the population as the Neanderthal inhabitants.
A senior Saudi cleric issued a religious ruling to allow fathers to arrange marriages for their daughters "even if they are in the cradle," setting up a confrontation between government reformers and influential conservative clergy.
If The Hunt for Red October taught us anything it's that submarines can be tracked by the sounds they make moving through the water. Well, not for much longer.
When a sub moves through the water, it faces two issues: One, the water it's displacing as it moves forward creates drag, which slows the sub down. Two, the wake it creates due to water rushing into the void left behind it is easily trackable. The Fluid Cloak, developed by Yaroslav Urzhumov and David Smith of Duke University, aims to solve both issues simultaneously.
The cloak is actually a mesh shell that surrounds the vessel, with different areas of the mesh being more permeable than others. In order to accomplish the actual cloaking, all water entering the mesh has to leave it at the same speed and direction as it entered. This means that while some spots would need to slow the flow of fluid, others would actually have to accelerate it as the sub passes—a feat accomplished by embedding millimeter-wide pumps, used for biomedical devices, throughout the mesh skin. We're still at least five years away from a working prototype, but when we're there? Finally an excuse for Crimson Tide 2
Trina Grimes Scott, 32, and Edwin Edwards, 83, married in a simple private ceremony in New Orleans. Edwards, a great grandfather, has been married twice before. Mr Edwards, who turns 84 next month, attended his first public event a couple weeks ago after completing his jail sentence, and introduced the beautiful blonde as his fiancée.
NOT JUST IN THE TANK — DRIVING THE TANK: #MSM reporter offers Obama #WhiteHouse helpful advice on #Twitter — and they take it. “A New York Times reporter this morning offered White House communications folks an unsolicited tip on using Twitter to drive improved public support for President Obama’s stance in the debt ceiling negotiations. And within minutes they took it.”
Harry needs to get a grip. Americans don’t understand why he has not passed a budget in 820 days. Americans don’t understand why Gov’t can’t live within its means.
SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATS TO NIKKI HALEY: How Dare You Consider Yourself White! Well, policing the color line is something South Carolina Democrats have been doing for 200 years. . . .
COLUMBIA -- What box should Gov. Nikki Haley check when it comes to her race?
The South Carolina Democratic Party tried Thursday to make Haley out as a liar for checking "white" as her race on her 2001 Lexington County voter registration application.
But the application had no specific option for "Indian." Her options were "white, black/African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American or other."
Probably not good. The Turkish Army has been the protector of their democracy since the 1920’s and a consistent voice of moderation. (It also fights very well.)
MASS RESIGNATIONS among Turkey’s highest-ranking military officers. “I don’t yet know what this means or what the implications will be, but obviously it’s a very big deal.”
There are fewer undocumented immigrants in California – and the Sacramento region – because many are now finding the American dream south of the border.
"It's now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico," Sacramento's Mexican consul general, Carlos González Gutiérrez, said Wednesday. "We have become a middle-class country."
Mexico's unemployment rate is now 4.9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent joblessness in the United States.
World Population to Surpass 7 Billion in 2011; Explosive Population Growth Means Challenges for Developing Nations
ScienceDaily (July 28, 2011) — Global population is expected to hit 7 billion later this year, up from 6 billion in 1999.
Official voted in the names of 10 people, including four who were dead
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1TWOvZyEK
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.'
Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
-- Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
'Brain Cap' Technology Turns Thought Into Motion; Mind-Machine Interface Could Lead to New Life-Changing Technologies for Millions of People
"Brain cap" technology now being developed allows users to turn their thoughts into motion.
Cornforth's pictures of Denali National Park
Now that state employment information for the first half of 2011 is available, one can’t help but notice which states are up, as well as a particularly telling example of one which is down.
Though admittedly the comparison isn’t apples to apples, it’s worth noting that of the 757,000 seasonally adjusted jobs added in the overall economy this year from January through June, the ten states with the highest percentage employment growth were responsible for well over half, or 390,000 of them, even though they only have about 20% of the nation’s population:
Six of the ten (Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming) have been conservative strongholds for decades. Montana, though its governor and two senators are currently Democrats, has been a red state in all but one presidential election since 1972. The final three highlighted above — Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin — were previously governed by Democrats who were replaced with GOP governors this year. All three are in the early stages of what may be remarkable turnarounds. I call them “the newly-reds.”
The fact is, he's good at dismantling. He's good at critiquing. He's good at not being the last guy, the one you didn't like. But he's not good at building, creating, calling into being. He was good at summoning hope, but he's not good at directing it and turning it into something concrete that answers a broad public desire.
And so his failures in the debt ceiling fight. He wasn't serious, he was only shrewd—and shrewdness wasn't enough. He demagogued the issue—no Social Security checks—until he was called out, and then went on the hustings spouting inanities. He left conservatives scratching their heads: They could have made a better, more moving case for the liberal ideal as translated into the modern moment, than he did. He never offered a plan. In a crisis he was merely sly. And no one likes sly, no one respects it.
George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, and Vladimir Putin all die and go to hell.
While there, they spy a red phone and ask what the phone is for.
The devil tells them it is for calling back to Earth.
Putin asks to call Russia and talks for 5 minutes.
When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is a million dollars, so
Putin writes him a check.
Next Queen Elizabeth calls England and talks for 30 minutes.
When she is finished the devil informs her that the cost is 6 million dollars,
so she writes him a check.
Finally George Bush gets his turn and talks for 4 hours.
When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is $5.00.
When Putin hears this he goes ballistic and asks the devil why Bush
got to call the USA so cheaply.
The devil smiles and replies, "Since Obama took over, the country has
gone to hell, so it's a local call."
Although this is another Muslim trying to kill us, this guy does seem like a whack job. Being kicked out for child porn? (The other question is why was he not kicked out 2 years ago when, in an all volunteer army, he claimed to be a conscientious objector to fighting Muslims?)
Counterterror official says soldier's bomb making materials came straight out of Al Qaeda explosives manual
The unemployment situation across America is bad, no doubt. But for African-Americans in some cities, this is not the great recession. It’s the Great Depression.
Take Charlotte, N.C., for example. It is a jewel of the “new South.” The largest financial center outside of New York City, it's the showcase for next year’s Democratic National Convention. It was a land of hope and opportunity for many blacks with a four-year college degree or higher.
According to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, in Charlotte, N.C., the unemployment rate for African-Americans is 19.2 percent. If you add in people who have given up looking for jobs, that number exceeds 20 percent, which, according to economists Algernon Austin and William Darity, has effectively mired blacks in a depression.
The economy expanded at meager rate of 1.3 percent annual rate in the spring after scarcely growing at all in the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday.
The combined growth for the first six months of the year was the weakest since the recession ended. The government revised the January-March figures to show just 0.4 percent growth - down sharply from its previous estimate of 1.9 percent.
A former ATF special agent tells Congress a National Security Council staffer was informed about Operation Fast and Furious before guns allowed into Mexico wound up at the murder scene of a U.S. agent.
The latest evidence that both the White House and attorney general knew and approved of Project Gunrunner and its deadly offshoot, Operation Fast and Furious, came this week in the testimony of William Newell, ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix office, before Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Sliding towards zero.
“He’s not bringing us together. He’s willfully dividing us. He’s petulant. Ronald Reagan would never go into the Oval Office without his jacket on — that’s how much he revered the presidency…
Divide us and we all lose. And this has got to stop. And if [Obama's] listening, or one of his people are listening, and you can quote me exactly for what I say, he is not acting presidential, he is behaving in a way designed, in my opinion, to divide us and make us look at each other with skepticism, with suspicion.
That’s the end of America as we know it when that happens."
The proposed ordinance is "expressly pre-empted" as it "attempts to regulate a medical procedure," San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi said in a tentative ruling issued a day earlier. "Moreover, it serves no legitimate purpose to allow a measure whose invalidity can be determined as a matter of law to remain on the ballot after such a ruling has been made."
...well, the city government in S.F. was being consistent with the Democrats in Washington: they don't want ANYTHING cut.
According to the latest daily statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance of $73.8 billion at the end of the day yesterday.
Apple's last earnings report (PDF here) showed that the company had $76.2 billion in cash and marketable securities at the end of June.