INTERESTING: Selfie With Elephant

Thursday, August 28, 2014

http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2014-01.html

Darwin Award: Selfie With Elephant: Two men in Kenya were capturing selfies with a wild elephant when they were trampled to death by the irate pachyderm who proceeded to bury the corpses. The two men were actually touching the elephant’s face…

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Like the Chinese fellow, who the sleeping crock should be made to do something, climbing over two walls to beat it with a stick.

It ate him.

Argh!

How does this species survive?

Good thing we have politicians and bureaucrats to tell us what to do!

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INTERESTING: Continually transmit a vehicle’s position

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

http://www.newsledge.com/look-cars-must-able-warn-says-government-8822

BY ALEX CHAVERS NEWS, TECH
AUGUST 18, 2014
LOOK OUT! CARS MUST BE ABLE TO WARN EACH OTHER SAYS GOVERNMENT

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Cars and light trucks of the future must be able to talk to each other and warn of potential dangers. This first step from the government requiring the technology could prevent thousands of accidents and fatalities.

How would it work? A radio signal would be used to continually transmit a vehicle’s position, speed and other info. Other cars equipped with the same technology would be able to read the data and warn of any potential collision. The range of the radio signal is limited to about 300 yards. Plenty of distance to warn your car of any potential accidents.

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I’d rather have the self-driving Google cars.

And my “Big Brother” paranoia rises to the top.

  • Your car “broadcasts” that your tags, insurance, or inspection is expired. And the “revenue agents” are summoned to ticket you. Or maybe you’re tried in absentia?
  • Your car records your speeding and is used against you in a court of law. It hears you texting, exiting, or smoking and notifies the appropriate “revenue agent”?
     
  • It has a breathalyzer add on?
  • Your neighborhood mechanic disables the feature. So much for that much ballyhooed save at the stop light.
  • Hackers take over your car? Impossible, yeah right!
     
  • How long until Crony Capitalists figure out other <synonym for excrement> to force you to put on your car?
  • And yet another pos that will fail and / or require maintenance.
  • Also, roadside checkpoints to ensure it’s working “to protect the public”. 

I think I don’t like this idea until the “bugs” are out of the District of Corruption.

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INTERESTING: Ron Paul — MH17 info withheld from the public

Sunday, August 17, 2014

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/08/ron-paul-says-us-likely-hiding-truth.html

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2014

Ron Paul Says U.S. ‘Likely Hiding Truth’ About MH17 Crash

HuffPo reports that in an Aug. 7 post at, Voices of Liberty, Ron Paul said he believes the U.S., with all its intelligence-gathering capabilities, should have a clear idea of what happened on July 17 when MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. But much of that information, he says, has likely been withheld from the public.

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Seem like a good “guess”.

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INTERESTING: Reinke’s “Power of Negative Thinking”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/heres-the-actual-mathematical-equation-for-happiness.html

Here’s the Actual Mathematical Equation for Happiness
Diana Vilibert
August 6, 2014

Equationtopr

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“It is often said that you will be happier if your expectations are lower. We find that there is some truth to this,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Robb Rutledge. “Lower expectations make it more likely that an outcome will exceed those expectations and have a positive impact on happiness.” But expectations don’t just affect our happiness after we learn the outcome of a decision. “If you have plans to meet a friend at your favourite restaurant, those positive expectations may increase your happiness as soon as you make the plan,” says Dr. Rutledge. “The new equation captures these different effects of expectations and allows happiness to be predicted based on the combined effects of many past events.”

And while the key to happiness may not lie in expecting the worst, this study does open up the door to learning more about mood disorders and improving treatment options.

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With all due apologies to Doctor Norman Vincent Peale (Requiescat In Pacem) and his Power of Positive Thinking … …

Here is scientific confirmation of my proposed MEME of a particular wisdom

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“Expect the worst and all surprises are pleasant ones!”

— —  which I call “Reinke’s Law of Negative Thinking”.

Yeah!

Now I just need to right a book on that topic.

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http://lifehacker.com/the-benefits-of-pessimism-1620150406  

Strategic pessimism: This style of pessimism uses strategies to lower expectations and decrease anxiety by thinking through all the negative outcomes and planning for them.

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INTERESTING: Two questions about the “border crisis”

Thursday, August 7, 2014

On Thursday, August 7, 2014, OLD FRIEND wrote:

Puzzle One:

Imagine you are a 3 to 8 year old child:

You are asked to walk from Houston, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota on your own with no food or belongings to sustain you.

Then you are asked to walk an additional 100 miles past Minnesota.

Could you do it?

How long would it take you as a 6 year old? That is the minimum distance these poor, helpless little ones have supposedly walked from Central America to the border of Texas, again, on their own. They didn’t get lost.

And they survived the journey without help (unless you buy in to the notion that a destitute out-of-work family run out of their homes by gangs and living in squalor somehow came up with $8,000 to $10,000 for EACH child to pay a Coyote to take them to the border.

Question: Do they really think we are that STUPID?

Answer: I guess so …… it’s Working thanks to the Socialist Propaganda Media we have forcing down our throats every minute of every Day!

Acrossmexico

Puzzle Two:

Now, on the map above, you must start somewhere in the green area. Let’s make it easy and start where green meets orange, so that you had the least mileage by not having to cover the whole green area. Just start where the green meets the orange. Blue, of course, is water.

Your task is to figure a route from the green area to the purple area without going into the blue area and while avoiding towns and cities in the orange area.

The black line is the distance from the nearest town to Mexico’s southern border that touches the green area to Laredo, Texas, one of the CLOSEST purple towns —1,220 miles across desert and mountains with no equipment or food or help.

If orange had stopped these innocents where orange touches green, problem would not have occurred. However, what six year old do you know who could walk 1,220 miles (minimum), probably more like 1,500 miles on their own without dying?

How many days would it take for a 6 year old…1st Grade…..to walk 1,220 Miles without help, directions, food, sun protection, etc.?….#____________

I am beginning to think that the truth of all this isn’t being given fully to us, folks.

Someone created and assisted this, and the Socialist Media doesn’t want us figuring out who it is, don’t you think?

One answer, of course, is that they travel with their parents who drop them off at the border, then while the Border Patrol is babysitting the children, the parents sneak across the border, along with the drug smugglers and assorted other terrorists and felons! … then they will Vote for the next Socialist Democrat….Hillary!

Of course they will VOTE, we are the ONLY Democracy in the World that doesn’t have Voter I.D. ! Wonder Why? Now you have the answer.

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It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.
…British essayist G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

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INTERESTING: “How smart is your right foot”

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My friend shared some internet factoid which was interesting but not copyable.

(That is itself was interesting. I’ll be exploring that some more.)

Essentially, how start making an imaginary clockwise circles with your right foot.

Then, write the number 6.

Supposedly, your food will go in the opposite direction.

When I tried, it didn’t work.

Here’s my email back to him.

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Nope.

Instead of making the 6 as a right hander, us lefties, “forced converts” from being left handed to a right handed world, make our sixes from the inside in a clockwise fashion.

Hence, this doesn’t apply to us.

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I have put my investigation into this non-copyable email on my Remember The Milk (https://www.rememberthemilk.com) “Techie” task list.

The only other place I’ve seen this is Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/). I figured out a bypass for that in an hour. (Not that I want to copy their stuff. Just that it’s an article of my”faith in technology” that nothing on the inet can be protected.

Laugh!

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INTERESTING: Value Is Based on Your Reputation

Saturday, July 26, 2014

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/document-coin

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?

Laff!

Not bloody well likely.

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