INTERESTING: Value Is Based on Your Reputation

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A New Digital Currency Whose Value Is Based on Your Reputation
BY KLINT FINLEY   07.18.14  |   6:30 AM  

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Unlike with bitcoin—which keeps its currency scarce by rewarding it only to those who participate in what amounts to a race to solve complex cryptographic puzzles—anyone will be able to create a new Document Coin anytime they want. The value of each coin will be completely subjective, depending on who creates the coin and why. “For example, the coin my disco singer friend created and gave me at my barbeque might be what gets me past the rope at the club,” Anderson says. A coin minted by tech pundit Tim O’Reilly might be highly prized in Silicon Valley circles, but of little interest to musicians. “It’s a bit like a combination of a social network with baseball trading.”

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Maybe some day, a “FERD” or a “jasper john” would actually be worth something?


Not bloody well likely.

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INTERESTING: Immigration Most Important; Gooferment and Economy close behind

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 16, 2014
One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem
Immigration concerns surged in July, while economic mentions ebbed
by Lydia Saad

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PRINCETON, NJ — With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation’s southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5% in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now virtually ties “dissatisfaction with government,” at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country’s top problem.

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Funny how it all circles back to Gooferment!

Mix in the Middle East, Terrorism, and Oil; “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” to quote Oliver Hardy.

Wonder who The Sheeple will blame now?

Or just go back to Survivor, DWTS, or Kardashian nonsense.


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INTERESTING: Hospital Elevator Buttons

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hospital Elevator Buttons Dirtier Than Toilets, Study Says
Diana Vilibert
July 9, 2014 4:03 pm

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One thing you can do to keep your risk of transmitting bacteria down on any elevator? Make sure you’re washing your fingertips, especially the pointer finger on your dominant hand. “Often when people use a hand cleanser, they’re very good at washing their palms, but not their fingertips,” Dr. Redelmeier explains. “And yet most of the transmission does not occur in the middle of the hand, it occurs at the periphery of the hand.”

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For the amount of time I spent in hospitals, I should be dead.

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INTERESTING: A “dry” Las Vegas

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry

Amid a brutal drought the reservoir that supplies 90 per cent of Las Vegas’s water is fast disappearing and desperate attempts to save Sin City are under way

Lake Mead: boaters seen in front of a white
Lake Mead: boaters seen in front of a white “bathtub ring” on the rocks on the upstream side of the Hoover Dam Photo: Getty

By Nick Allen, Las Vegas4:11PM BST 28 Jun 2014

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Outside Las Vegas’s Bellagio hotel tourists gasp in amazement as fountains shoot 500ft into the air, performing a spectacular dance in time to the music of Frank Sinatra.

Gondolas ferry honeymooners around canals modelled on those of Venice, Roman-themed swimming pools stretch for acres, and thousands of sprinklers keep golf courses lush in the middle of the desert.

But, as with many things in Sin City, the apparently endless supply of water is an illusion. America’s most decadent destination has been engaged in a potentially catastrophic gamble with nature and now, 14 years into a devastating drought, it is on the verge of losing it all.

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I remember visiting Lake Mead when the “bath tub ring” was first appearing.

I say to my bride: “There is what happens when no one person owns the water. A private business would raise the prices to equilibrium. Selling exactly as much water — or pretty close to exactly — as is replenished. And cheap people would conserve.”

So true then. So true now.

The “tragedy of the commons” demonstrated.

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INTERESTING: Standing up for three hours a day

Saturday, June 21, 2014

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A leading UK sports consultant has said that the public should be encouraged to do more “low-level” exercise and that standing up for three hours a day can extend life span by two years.

Dr Mike Loosemore, head of the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health at University College London, said: “There is now enormous evidence that simply standing makes huge differences to your health.”

“Low-level activity, even regularly getting off your seat, can change your life forever,” said Dr Loosemore, writing for the BBC. “Active individuals reduce their risk of heart disease by 40% against their inactive counterparts.”

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I think I’ll try this at work.

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INTERESTING: What’s Shabbos Elevator?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Working Around God: Technology, the Pace of Life, and the Shabbos Elevator
Theology and technology in New York City’s elevators

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Why the hold up? I live in a historically Jewish building in New York City. On most days, its two elevators service each section of this rather monolithic structure—just enough to keep up with the flow of residents going up and down. But come Friday evening, one of the cars is switched into Shabbos mode, meaning that it stops at every single floor automatically, backing the tenants up like resentful clogs in beige-yellow arteries. It does so for religious reasons, since many observant Jews avoid pressing electric buttons on Shabbat.

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Despite growing up in mixed ethnic NYC neighborhood, I never heard of such a thing.

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INTERESTING: Unfair competition?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014–rah.html

California Chrome co-owner rips Triple Crown rules
By Larry Fine

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“If you’ve got a horse that earns points to run in the Kentucky Derby, those 20 horses that start the Kentucky are the only 20 eligible to run in all three races,” he said.

“This is the coward’s way out.”

Belmont runner-up Commissioner, who lost by a head, also did not run the first two Triple Crown races, and third-placed Medal Count skipped the Preakness after finishing eighth in the Derby.

Only three horses in the 11-horse field ran the entire Triple Crown series, including Ride On Curlin’, who finished dead last at Belmont.

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Interesting, so they other owners “game” the system.

I’m sure that there is money as a motivation.

Guess they have to make better “rules”.

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INTERESTING: DNA Sequencing Diagnoses

Monday, June 9, 2014

DNA Sequencing Diagnoses Boy’s Mysterious Bacterial Disease
This is the first time doctors have used DNA sequencing for emergency diagnosis and treatment.
By Francie Diep Posted 06.06.2014 at 4:00 pm

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In this case, 14-year-old Joshua Osborn fell seriously ill in the summer of 2013. Fluid collected in his brain and he had serious seizures. Yet all of the tests doctors gave him didn’t found any traces of fungi, bacteria or viruses, the doctors reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. So the doctors asked Osborn’s parents’ permission to try an experimental DNA test.

The test looked for bits of genetic material of illness-causing microbes in samples taken from Osborn’s blood and spinal fluid. This contrasts to the medical genetic testing most people are familiar with, in which scientists search for genetic problems in a person’s own DNA. In Osborn’s case, doctors were looking for bits of DNA from foreign critters. The international team that developed the test published a paper about it this week.

Two days after scientists received Osborn’s samples, they had a diagnosis: leptospira, a type of bacteria that only rarely causes the symptoms Osborn was suffering. The boy’s doctors decided to treat him with penicillin. He recovered gradually over the next seven days, his doctors reported.

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Now we are getting somewhere!

Hate to think of what it cost, but WOW! What results!!!

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INTERESTING: Unintended consequences

Monday, June 2, 2014

I was in the Turnpike bar and I heard the owner describe why they did away with running a tab.

The smoking ban!

They’d have people run a tab and, then say they were going out for a smoke, never to come back.

An interesting application of the “Law of Unintended Consequences”

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Robo-Boats Disguised As Crocodiles Sneakily Study Hippo Poo
Nothing to see here, hippo…
By Douglas Main Posted 05.22.2014 at 4:46 pm

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Pretty interesting video.

Note the “scientists” have to get advice from a local guide.

And, who can say with a straight face: “I studied hippo poo last season.”

Also, who pays them?

Neat use of technology.

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INTERESTING: China train to America

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

China may build an undersea train to America
May 9 at 8:01 pm
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Screengrab of China’s proposed global train routes from

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China is planning to build a train line that would, in theory, connect Beijing to the United States. According to a report in the Beijing Times, citing an expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chinese officials are considering a route that would start in the country’s northeast, thread through eastern Siberia and cross the Bering Strait via a 125-mile long underwater tunnel into Alaska.

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To that end, Beijing has assiduously resurrected the narrative of the ancient Silk Road as well as given prime billing to the tales of China’s famed Ming dynasty treasure fleets, which sailed all across the Indian Ocean. Seen in such grand historic perspective, a tunnel to Alaska doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

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Sadly, the USA because of it’s debt, deficit, huge amount of diktats, and a crapy economy, there’s no “building” here.

No one does big project with big benefits.


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INTERESTING: “tiny villages”?

Monday, May 12, 2014

I’ve Seen People Turn Garbage Into Some Cool Stuff. But THIS…. This Is Absolute Brilliance.

I’m sure the “City Fathers” won’t like this.

If they have ordinances about “feeding the homeless”, imagine a city with “homeless housing”?

I am fascinated by “tiny houses” as “interesting” for those that can do it. This is the next step down (i.e., no toilet, kitchen, or power). But I’m sure it’s better than a doorway or a dumpster.

Wonder how long before there are “tiny villages”?

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INTERESTING: No more diet coke for me

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Since going “primal” (i.e., following the Paleo diet as best I can), all I drink is mostly water, coffee, tea, and wine. (Quantities not necessarily in that order.)

I happened to drink a can of Diet Coke the other day, and it now tastes awful.

Guess like anything, your “tastes” do change.

Bad news for Coke!

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INTERESTING: What did Grok, the caveman, eat?

Monday, April 28, 2014

You’re Not Highly Evolved
Here’s where our bodies still mess up
By Veronique Greenwood Posted 04.16.2014 at 9:00 am

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Our love of calorie-rich foods was useful early in our evolutionary history, but now that food is plentiful, that same predilection may contribute to the obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, evolution won’t offer its own solution for a long time. For example, 9,000 years elapsed between when some cultures first domesticated cows and when 90 percent of those populations finally were able to digest the lactose in milk.

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One of the reasons I’m attempting to follow a paleo diet.

What did Grok, the caveman, eat?

Anything that he could find or catch. Went hungry a lot. And ran from what chased him.


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INTERESTING: On “paycheck equality”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An interesting paper on “paycheck equality”. IMHO it distracts from the hidden reality that all us workers in Corporate America face in the workplace every day. Only answer is to own your own business. Great place America. Everyone should recognize that they are really in their own business. Even us “wage slaves”. We’re in “our own business”, but only have one Customer, our employer. Need to diversify to minimize that risk. :-) fjohn

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INTERESTING: Wally Pipp and an urban legend

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wally Pipp … 

… and the Lou Gehrig story.


Urban Legends!

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INTERESTING: Monolithic Domes

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Monolithic is dedicated to improving people’s lives worldwide by introducing and constructing Monolithic Domes, for personal and public use, that are disaster-resistant, energy-efficient and cost-effective.

Monolithic Domes are the most energy efficient and safest buildings that can be built and that can be designed for many uses. Many schools now conduct their classes in Monolithic Domes. Some are designated as tornado shelters. Others have Monolithic Dome gymnasiums, auditoriums, multipurpose centers, libraries, cafeterias, etc. Because Monolithic’s technology meets FEMA criteria for a structure that can provide near-absolute disaster protection, some schools have received FEMA grants of 75% of their construction costs. These schools will save 60% to 75% of the energy costs as compared to conventional buildings. The energy savings will pay for the building in total in less than 20 years. And in most cases, they save money on first cost for the construction.

In addition to schools, Monolithic designs homes, churches, office complexes, bulk storages, etc. Located in Italy, Texas, Monolithic has been constructing these quality buildings for more than 35 years. The buildings are built to last for centuries.

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Sounds interesting?

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INTERESTING: Thinking about “Asks and answers”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Look for the Best Answers for You, Not the ‘Right’ Ones
22 Mar 2014/by Karen R. Koenig/1 Comment/in Brilliance
Topics: Authentic Self, Being Present, Choices, Taking Action

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Best-for-you decisions concede that you can’t have all the information in the world at your finger tips, but that you can whittle down what’s relevant and essential. Your conclusions may or may not withstand the test of time, but they will always give you peace of mind through knowing that you whole-heartedly did what appeared best for you in the given moment, and none of us can do any better than that.

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I’m not sure that I agree.

Of course, every decision ever made was done with imperfect dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom). And, you can not go back and remake a decision. And “decisions” sometime get good results and bad results. Good results don’t imply a “good” decision; bad results don’t imply a “bad” decision.

“Gambling your last dollar you need on a roulette number” would be a “bad” decision even if you won the bet. 

When I think of the “right” decision choice, I think moral, ethical, effective, and efficient. My rewards shouldn’t come into it. (They do sneak in.) 

Maybe the author is thinking peer pressure. Or choosing the expected result. 

Any way, a short read and maybe I have it wrong.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

On the Institution of Marriage
Column by PSYCHOTICNUT, posted on March 19, 2014
in Marriage
Column by new Root Striker Steven Holman.
Exclusive to STR

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Marriage began as an institution of force and control, has historically been an institution of force and control, and remains to this day an institution of force and control. Marriage as an institution, therefore, ought to be opposed if you follow the Non-Aggression Principle. Some may still cling to it as a security blanket, and I understand that. I was once a minarchist for the same reason. I believe the consistent, principled approach, however, is to oppose the institution of marriage.

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While I still maintain that the Gooferment could use “partnership” law to cover it … …

… … that would not satisfy “the politics”. Nor the ability of the Gooferment to stick its nose in everyone’s biz.


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INTERESTING: The Five Second Rule Will Make You Sick

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


{Quoting the character Ramona Nowitzki to Howard in The Big Bang Theory (TV Series) Episode The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem (2008)}

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INTERESTING: Oath? What Oath?

Saturday, February 22, 2014 ATTN: Active Duty Military, Veterans & Law Enforcement Officers. Will YOU Keep Your Oath?

Very interesting question.

From my cold dead hands ….

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INTERESTING: “Should all bars have breathalyzer machines?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dear CNET members, 

I just came across this interesting blog from Chris Matyszczyk titled, “Should all bars have breathalyzer machines?” In his blog, it explains a U.S. congressman from Utah is proposing that more of his state’s bars should have breathalyzer machines, so people can check whether they’re safe to drive home. The thinking being that it will help keep the streets safer by keeping some drunk drivers off the road.

It’s a simple concept. There’s a breathalyzer machine installed in the bar. After you’ve called it a night drinking with your friends, before you leave the bar, you go to the breathalyzer, blow into the machine and within a few seconds, the screen in front of you displays the results of your blood alcohol level and tells you whether you failed the test (recommending that you shouldn’t drive) or you’ve passed. Now what happens after that, is up to you; whether you take the recommendation that it is unsafe for you to drive, or blow it off (pun intended). 

Currently there are already breathalyzers installed in some bars, but they are for entertainment/novelty only. However, do you think the breathalyzer should be installed in all bars and taken more seriously than just a novelty machine? 

I ultimately think everyone is responsible for their own actions and installing these breathalyzers in bars may help some folks who lack better judgment, but ultimately I think it will remain a novelty. I know some people, especially when intoxicated, won’t let someone tell them what to do, let alone allow some machine tell them what is best for them. However, I do believe it’s better to have breathalyzers around, and if it can help one drunk person to not drive, it is one less drunk driver on the road.

Read up on Chris’ blog, and tell all of us how you feel about these breathalyzers. Would you like to see these in your local bars? Do you think it will help prevent drinkers from hopping into their cars if they’ve had one too many? Or do you think people will just blow it off and it will just remain another entertainment device, like dartboards on the walls?

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With protection for the owners who have them and the drivers that use them.

They should be immune to the perdition of the ruling class.

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INTERESTING: Loss of a “friend”

Saturday, February 15, 2014

On the Loss of a Friend
by L. Neil Smith
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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My old friend Ambrose has died.

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We have two younger cats now—I think that they kept the Old Guy alive longer by annoying him and stirring up his circulation—but I will miss my Ambrose as I have missed no other, possibly excepting Eris. I am no “animal lover” per se. I am a hunter (like Ambrose), an enthusiastic meat-eater (also like Ambrose), and PETA’s worst nightmare in the flesh, an articulate, widely-published, and outspoken opponent of the idiotic concept of animal rights. But Ambrose was my friend.

And now he’s gone.

And I’m not sure I feel any better.

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I have “lost” many people and one pet. I don’t think I could express it as well.

Guess that’s why he’s a “writer” and I’m a “wanna be”?

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INTERESTING: Goal-Setting Limits

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Stop Making Plans: How Goal-Setting Limits Rather Than Begets Our Happiness and Success
by Maria Popova

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The effectualists include the cook who scours the fridge for leftover ingredients; the chemist who figured out that the insufficiently sticky glue he had developed could be used to create the Post-it note; or the unhappy lawyer who realises that her spare-time photography hobby, for which she already possesses the skills and the equipment, could be turned into a job. One foundation of effectuation is the “bird in hand” principle: “Start with your means. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity. Start taking action, based on what you have readily available: what you are, what you know and who you know.” A second is the “principle of affordable loss”: Don’t be guided by thoughts of how wonderful the rewards might be if you were spectacularly successful at any given next step. Instead — and there are distinct echoes, here, of the Stoic focus on the worst-case scenario — ask how big the loss would be if you failed. So long as it would be tolerable, that’s all you need to know. Take that next step, and see what happens.

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I find this fascinating. Perhaps one can succeed without a plan?

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INTERESTING: “chastity” versus “continence”

Thursday, January 30, 2014


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When I went through Kothlic Skrule, it was “chastity”; nothing about “continence”.

As I get older and take diuretics, maybe I was misinformed?

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INTERESTING: “Her” (2013)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Her (2013) 126 min

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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

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Samantha: “The past is just a story we tell ourselves.”

There were a few good lines in this movie that really make you think.

Too long, too somber, and too depressing.

As a nerd, it’s a bucket of cold water about spending too much time with the one eyed glass monster.

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