INTERESTING: Plants ain’t as “dumb as a rock”

Saturday, January 11, 2014



 
 
The Intelligence of Plants – The Volokh Conspiracy 
  
The New Yorker has a remarkably thought-provoking article on what some call the “neurobiology†of plants.  That’s a deliberately edgy way of pointing out just how much communicating and sensing and adapting plants do, all without anything resemblin… 
 
    http://www.volokh.com/2014/01/04/intelligence-plants/

 

 

INTERESTING: Blown Call; not reviewable?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/12/30/nfl-admits-refs-erred-in-chiefs-chargers-game-as-blown-call-potentially-cost-steelers-playoff-spot/

NFL Admits Refs Erred In Chiefs-Chargers Game As Blown Call Potentially Cost Steelers Playoff Spot
December 30, 2013 1:28 PM

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SAN DIEGO (CBS St. Louis/AP) — The NFL acknowledged that referees erred in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs with four seconds left in regulation on Sunday.

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San Diego lined up with seven men on one side of the snapper, and NFL rules state no more than six players can be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper.

The NFL said in a statement Monday that the penalty should have been called by referee Bill Leavy’s crew, moving the ball 5 yards closer to the end zone and giving Succop another attempt at the game-winning field goal. Succop was 15 of 16 this season from within 40 yards.

“The penalty for illegal formation by the defense is a loss of five yards. This rule is not subject to instant replay review. Had the penalty been assessed, it would have resulted in a fourth-and-7 from the San Diego 18 with 0:04 remaining, enabling the Chiefs to attempt a 36-yard field goal,” the NFL said in a statement to NFL.com.

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My question is: “Why is it NOT reviewable?”

Seems like everything is reviewed!

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INTERESTING: Wolf — an alternative view

Monday, December 30, 2013

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

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Another “boiler room” movie.

A lot of nudity, sex, and drugs.

Did NOT make me feel sympathetic towards anybody!

NOT RECOMMENDED

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http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/12/wolf_of_wall_street_prousalis.php?page=2

His daughter says it’s not accurate and glamorizes him.

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INTERESTING: A corporation is an extension of the Gooferment!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2013/tle750-20131222-02.html

Another Message From The Publisher
by L. Neil Smith
lneil@netzero.com
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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I’ve heard it argued that A&E is a private company and fully entitled to hire and fire as they wish. But this is not the case. A&E is not private property at all, but a corporation, a mere appendage of the government, and obliged thereby to respect the Constitutional niceties.

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Now there is a take on it that I have not heard.

A corporation is an extension of the Gooferment!

Hence bound by the Constitution.

Interesting to think of the ramifications of that?

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INTERESTING: Aging beaten?

Friday, December 27, 2013

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2013/12/20/a.new.and.reversible.cause.aging

A new — and reversible — cause of aging

Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 – 08:35 in Biology & Nature

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Researchers have discovered a cause of aging in mammals that may be reversible. The essence of this finding is a series of molecular events that enable communication inside cells between the nucleus and mitochondria. As communication breaks down, aging accelerates. By administering a molecule naturally produced by the human body, scientists restored the communication network in older mice. Subsequent tissue samples showed key biological hallmarks that were comparable to those of much younger animals.

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Interesting. 

Maybe I can beat the death tax by never dying?

Laff!

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INTERESTING: Clothes Can Be Bad for Your Health

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/wardrobe-clothes-deadly-health-unsafe-dangerous.html

7 Ways Your Clothes Can Be Bad for Your Health
Katie Waldeck
December 3, 2013
6:02 pm

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7. Collars & Neckties.

Over 2/3 of men buy shirts that are too small for their necks, and that can surprisingly have serious repercussions for their health. Too-tight collars and ties have actually been linked to cancer. Tight collars can cut off circulation to the brain, and increase pressure in the eyes, one of the most important risk factors for glaucoma.

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Not many collars or ties in my future.

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INTERESTING: Coke to clean your toilet

Saturday, December 7, 2013

http://www.buzzfeed.com/readcommentbackwards/32-real-life-cheat-codes-that-will-change-your-lif-dmjk

32 Real Life Cheat Codes That Will Change Your Life
Cheat codes aren’t only meant for video games. Here are 32 that can change your real life and make it easier.
posted on September 13, 2013 at 4:39pm EDT
Andrew P.

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Fast toilet cleaning, pour 20oz of coke (or sprite) into your toilet, let sit for 10 minutes, flush. The acid will clean your bowl.

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Yeew, and we drink that stuff?

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INTERESTING: A “Flying Dutchman” or a Libertarian Paradise?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2514936/The-incredible-mile-long-floating-CITY–complete-schools-hospital-parks-airport-50-000-residents.html

The incredible mile-long floating CITY – complete with schools, a hospital, parks and an airport for its 50,000 residents

The Freedom Ship is 25 storeys high and would feature a casino, an art gallery, a park and a shopping centre

The concept, designed by a Florida-based company would cost $10billion if was commissioned to be built

The vessel could house 50,000 people but it would contain additional space to hold an extra 30,000 visitors

The ship would constantly sail around the world – doing a full circuit every two years – but would be too large to enter any ports

By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
PUBLISHED: 07:21 EST, 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:43 EST, 28 November 2013

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Capacity: 50,000 permanent residents with room for an extra 30,000 daily visitors, 20,000 crew and 10,000 overnight guests.

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If it can never dock (due to its size)?

… … then how do you keep it supplied? (The average cruise ship spends a lot of time being resupplied?)

… … then how do you do annual maintenance? (Seems like a big chore?)

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INTERESTING: Thanksgiving — an alternative view

Friday, November 29, 2013

http://www.alternet.org/no-thanks-thanksgiving?akid=11196.1122391.BnCYs4&rd=1&src=newsletter929984&t=5

No Thanks to Thanksgiving
AlterNet / By Robert Jensen

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Instead, we should atone for the genocide that was incited — and condoned — by the very men we idolize as our ‘heroic’ founding fathers.

November 27, 2013

One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.

In fact, indigenous people have offered such a model; since 1970 they have marked the fourth Thursday of November as a Day of Mourning in a spiritual/political ceremony on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, one of the early sites of the European invasion of the Americas.

Not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits — which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States.

That the world’s great powers achieved “greatness” through criminal brutality on a grand scale is not news, of course. That those same societies are reluctant to highlight this history of barbarism also is predictable.

But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin — the genocide of indigenous people — is of special importance today. It’s now routine — even among conservative commentators — to describe the United States as an empire, so long as everyone understands we are an inherently benevolent one. Because all our history contradicts that claim, history must be twisted and tortured to serve the purposes of the powerful.

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How does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis? Here’s how “respectable” politicians, pundits, and professors play the game: When invoking a grand and glorious aspect of our past, then history is all-important. We are told how crucial it is for people to know history, and there is much hand wringing about the younger generations’ lack of knowledge about, and respect for, that history.

In the United States, we hear constantly about the deep wisdom of the founding fathers, the adventurous spirit of the early explorers, the gritty determination of those who “settled” the country — and about how crucial it is for children to learn these things.

But when one brings into historical discussions any facts and interpretations that contest the celebratory story and make people uncomfortable — such as the genocide of indigenous people as the foundational act in the creation of the United States — suddenly the value of history drops precipitously and one is asked, “Why do you insist on dwelling on the past?”

This is the mark of a well-disciplined intellectual class — one that can extol the importance of knowing history for contemporary citizenship and, at the same time, argue that we shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about history.

This off-and-on engagement with history isn’t of mere academic interest; as the dominant imperial power of the moment, U.S. elites have a clear stake in the contemporary propaganda value of that history. Obscuring bitter truths about historical crimes helps perpetuate the fantasy of American benevolence, which makes it easier to sell contemporary imperial adventures — such as the invasion and occupation of Iraq — as another benevolent action.

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Well, clearly, the “winners” write the history.

It’s hard, and probably not fair, to judge the conduct of those from another time and different memes and paradigms.

Comparisons to the Nazis probably is also not fair. But, might be!

So what lessons do we draw from this alternate view?

For me, it’s reenforcement of the evil of Gooferment and the need to recognize that the Zero Aggression Principle is a good meme to govern our actions.

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INTERESTING: ‘Captain Phillips’ is a big lie

Monday, October 14, 2013

http://nypost.com/2013/10/13/crew-members-deny-captain-phillips-heroism/

Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

By Maureen Callahan

October 13, 2013 | 3:34am

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Guess I won’t waste my attention, time, and money on this one!

Argh!

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INTERESTING: #Oldmedia is passé

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2013/09/the-new-media-versus-oldmedia-battle-on-obamacare/

The New Media versus #Oldmedia battle on Obamacare
By Nick Sorrentino on September 28, 2013

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An interesting article from the New York Times on how alternative media, which is becoming increasingly less alternative, is changing the game in Washington DC. The narrative, long crafted by an #oldmedia with a generally statist agenda is being outflanked in many ways. 

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Who pays any attention to the #oldmedia?

Sad to say, but only the “low information voters”. Watch Jaywalking, Waters World, or any “man on the street” format. It’s funny, but so pathetic.

Talk to anyone in the Gooferment Skrules and it’s no joke!

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INTERESTING: Entropy, old age, and effort

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/universal-law-causing-struggle/?utm_source=feedly

This Universal Law is Causing You to Struggle!
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 BY DR. TOM PRESTON

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The purpose of this article is to help you understand these laws and how they play a role in your life. It is to help you understand that there is a very large force at work in the Universe that has assisted you in falling into the rut you are/were in and hopefully as a result of this understanding you can stop beating yourself up, accept things as they are and choose to change it!

You are the master of your own destiny, the pilot of your life and the artist behind the creation of each day. This means that you and you alone have the power to change/effect/enhance your life through your thoughts and actions!

Do not forget that the fundamental essence of our manifest Universe is energy and that you get to exchange as much or as little energy with the Universe as YOU choose! Please do not think that this means just taking action all the time for if you have studied any physiology or psychology at all you know that “thoughts are things” and that you can exchange at least as much, if not arguably more energy with the Universe through your thoughts then you ever could with your actions!

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Sigh, but it’s so much effort to just do anything.

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INTERESTING: Mistakes?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

http://99u.com/workbook/18843/become-a-connoisseur-of-your-own-mistakes

Become a Connoisseur of Your Own Mistakes

“The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them – especially not from yourself. Instead of turning away in denial when you make a mistake, you should become a connoisseur of your own mistakes, turning them over in your mind as if they were works of art, which in a way they are.” — Daniel Dennet via Dan Shipper

by Sean Blanda on Sep 17, 2013 – 7:00am

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I found this interesting because I just finished telling a bunch of smart college kids that there was really no such thing as a “mistake”.

In life, we make “choices” that either work out well or badly. 

That doesn’t make a choice — right or wrong.

And, life doesn’t have a rewind button so you can’t do it over again and see how it works out the next time.

Watch the poker shows on the boob tube. The players figure the odds and make decisions. Some work out; some don’t. Just like “life”.

Humans have to make decisions based on limited information without a real understanding of the probabilities of the outcomes.

Am I crazy?

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INTERESTING: High Country Bandits; more dumb criminals

Thursday, September 5, 2013

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/08/how-cell-tower-dumps-caught-the-high-country-bandits-and-why-it-matters/#p3

How “cell tower dumps” caught the High Country Bandits—and why it matters
Fishing expeditions can pay dividends—but do they need a warrant?
by Nate Anderson – Aug 29 2013, 8:00am EDT

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Cell tower dumps don’t provide the precision of GPS tracking, of course, but they can in some cases provide directional and range information from a specific tower at a specific time—close enough to pin people within a few hundred yards. Because warrant applications often remain sealed, however, even judges rarely know how other judges have ruled on them; Owsley was reduced to asking judges he met at conferences whether they had encountered the issue, which is becoming increasingly common.

In the end, Owsley supports the use of tower dumps, so long as agents seek a warrant first and so long as they explain their plan to purge all numbers not germane to the current case. In addition, he argues that those whose records are swept up should be notified after the fact—especially because the records have a bad habit of ending up as evidence in court cases.

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A civil libertarian, like this little L libertarian, is always concerned when the Gooferment starts “fishing”.

In this particular case, I find no fault with what was done or the process.

Maybe they could work on doing it “faster”.

I have little sympathy for criminals. In this case with the facts given, the police seem to have done it “right”.

I’m not sure I understand the need to notify all the “discarded” numbers. Maybe some one can explain?

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INTERESTING: Cold call victim’s revenge

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/08/cold-call-victim-forces-telemarketers-to-pay-him-by-using-premium-number/

Cold call victim forces telemarketers to pay him by using premium number
“I want cold calls,” says man previously annoyed by telemarketers.
by Jon Brodkin – Aug 29 2013, 11:29am EDT

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A British man fed up with cold calls from telemarketers set up a premium phone number in November 2011 and has made £300 by accepting calls and keeping the annoying marketers on the line as long as possible.
Lee Beaumont, who works at home in Leeds, UK, was getting calls at all times of the day. “I thought there must be a way to make money off these phone calls,” he told the BBC. He searched on Google and found a small company that charged him £10 (about $15.50) to set up an 0871 line (equivalent to a 900 line in the US), which forces people who call him to pay 10p per minute. Of that, he receives 7p (about 10.9¢).

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Now there is one sharp cookie!

How do we set that up in the USA?

If the FCC really cared, they’d make this possible.

Yeah, right!

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INTERESTING: Part-time

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How to Get Inspiring Ideas for Starting a Part-time Business
http://investorjunkie.com/30651/ideas-starting-parttime-business/

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But before getting started, any part-time business venture should work within the following parameters:

It should not conflict with your full-time job (i.e., it won’t cause you to be fired)

It shouldn’t require a lot of capital to get started

It should be within the realm of your skills, abilities and interests

You should have at least some knowledge of the profession or industry (if not, get some before you start)

It needs to be doable on a part-time basis — not all businesses are

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Jason Alba of JibberJobber has the idea that the future belongs to those who can have ten part-time jobs.

Each consisting of 4 hours each on average and that generate 10% of your desired income.

He’s not ruthless about any of the numbers; just the concept.

I’ve tried that when I was consulting and it was pretty effective as long as you could keep the sales funnel full.

The hard part was doing just that.

Still, I think he is correct. Especially as I see the may employers treat employees.

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INTERESTING: Regrets? No!

Monday, August 26, 2013

“My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.” – Woody Allen

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I have many regrets:

(1) I didn’t move to Nevada as I planned.

(2) I didn’t make it big!

(3) I didn’t strangle the docs that “practiced” on Our Girl.

My regrets are even more for my Mom:

(1) She didn’t get Aunt Marion’s farm. (Maybe I can get my own.)

(2) She didn’t realize the risks of a war time romance.

(3) She didn’t see my Dad’s vision of life as better?

Regrets are dumb.

(1) Life is not a VCR with a rewind function.

(2) We make our own choices; looking back is like driving by looking in the rear view mirror.

(3) All you do is make yourself unhappy.

Can’t change the past; so change the future!

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INTERESTING: Beck’s astute observation

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/15/becks-fascinating-breakdown-of-the-obl-situation-room-photo-and-how-what-obama-doesnt-have-in-front-of-him-is-incredibly-telling/

POLITICS
BECK’S FASCINATING BREAKDOWN OF THE OBL SITUATION ROOM PHOTO — AND HOW WHAT OBAMA DOESN’T HAVE IN FRONT OF HIM IS INCREDIBLY TELLING
Aug. 15, 2013 4:42pm Erica Ritz

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How closely have you looked at the now-historic photo of the White House Situation Room during the Osama bin Laden raid?

On his radio show Thursday — in light of recent claims that President Obama said “I can’t watch this entire thing” and played about “15 games of Spades” during the 2011 raid — Glenn Beck took a closer look at everything from the president’s lack of a seat at the table to what the commander in chief’s motivations may have been for reportedly opting to be absent for a large part of the proceedings.

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An excellent observation!

A picture IS worth a thousand words.

Who is in charge?

Biden!

The General!

No one?

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INTERESTING: Fifty Questions

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer.

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

    I feel 40. What difference do the numbers mean?

  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

    Failure is is always worth.

  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

    We “have” to. Either to satisfy an external figure or an inner delusion.

  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

    Absolutely more said. Often doing is some much easier than selling or claiming.

  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

    The hypocrisy of politicians and their corruption.

  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

    Working as a health care advocate for sick folks.

  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

    Always what I believe in; otherwise who cares.

  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

    Skip chasing the dollar and take sabbaticals.

  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

    Not at all. I made “choices” but who knows if they controlled anything.

  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

    Doing the right things. Often just doing them is “good enough”.

  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?

    Even if the criticism is justified, I must defend my friend. If they talk about my friend behind their back, then they will do the same for me. Beware!

  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

    Keep a diary of your entire life. You’ll forget the details. And, you won’t learn the lessons of your personal history.

  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?

    Absolutely!

  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?

    No.

  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

    Don’t keep track of details.

  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?

    I’m weird!

  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?

    Go to Alaska. Conflicts with an opportunity that is currently more important that Alaska which isn’t going anywhere.

  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

    My past.

  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

    New Hampshire because all the crazy lIbertarians are there.

  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

    No.

  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

    How would I know the difference?

  22. Why are you, you?

    More worried genius than joyful simpleton, but that may be debated.

  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

    I hope so.

  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?

    I’ve had friends move away; never lost touch with one close by. So the move is away.

  25. What are you most grateful for?

    Finding my sulmate.

  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

    Never make new ones. The best years of my life are behind me.

  27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

    Yes. A priori knowledge comes from the Creator.

  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?

    Yes, my spouse passed. Knew it was coming for 35 years. It did.

  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?

    Yes. Yes. I think the medical profession screwed up. I believe it made a long term difference.

  30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?

    Read to the old nuns in First Grade instead of being stuck in Yack In The Box class. I was helping them and enjoying what I did. They felt that they were helping me.

  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

    When the Critical Care doc took my charts and said to the other docs that “The husband has the answer here in these charts if we just look at them.” Made me feel vindicated in my anal record keeping.

  32. If not now, then when?

    Had my moment in the sun. Don’t know if it did any good. The final outcome was pre-destined.

  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

    Done.

  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

    When my wife’s near last words were: “Thank you for all youv’e done for me. I love you.” I was too choked to say anything.

  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

    Everyone has the “truth” and they ignore the Dali Lama’s “We are all fingers on the same hand.”

  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

    Yes, certain principles are universal.

  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

    No.

  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

    More.

  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
    No.

  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

    Never.

  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

    No one. They know how I feel and I can’t help them.

  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

    Yeah, sure. Like that could happen.

  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

    The passion and joy that you feel.

  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

    Always.

  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

    Because there are two types of mistakes, above and below the waterline. People don’t understand and hence all mistakes are treated as bad.

  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

    Nothing.

  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?

    Every day when I meditate.

  48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?

    I believe so.

  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?

    No. No. And, no. Nothing is memorable.

  50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

    Making them for myself. Flipping a coin if needed.

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INTERESTING: TheHappy Meal’s Eternal Life

Monday, August 12, 2013

http://youtu.be/FoFpsUvaJlE

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Eat Happy Meals — Six Months of a Happy Meal’s Eternal Life

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In a one minute time-lapse video, it convinces me to stay away from fast food. 

Even though, it tastes good. It can’ the good for you?

Seems like it can’t even grow mold?

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INTERESTING: Let kids loose

Friday, August 9, 2013

http://www.today.com/moms/kids-jeopardy-controversy-offers-lesson-losing-6C10851874

“Don’t let children win.”

Here is ONE big difference between Frau Reinke and I. (Which we discussed, until I was dismissed with: “Having none, you’re an expert”!)

I would NEVER ever let any child win. When they won, they knew they had beat me fair and square.

Sorry, but I never ought into self-esteem .

Laff, I’d give anything to have that debate again.

I’ll leave it to the children to comment about it.

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INTERESTING: A more universal power that animates everything

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/radio-preacher.html

The Moral Code We All Forget to Follow
Dr. Steven Farmer
August 3, 2013
3:50 pm

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I tuned into a radio station where a very enthusiastic preacher was giving his sermon. As I noted in my book Sacred Ceremony, I’d learned to appreciate all the different ways we humans try to reach God, no matter the face and clothing of any particular religion or spiritual practice. It all comes down to different ways we try to get or remain in touch with Great Spirit, Source, Creator, All-That-Is, or whatever term you want to apply here. It’s still God. Maybe not in the sense of a really big guy with a long white beard watching for you to make the wrong moves, but a more universal power that animates everything in the heavens and on Earth.

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As a fat old white guy injineer, I was always moved but the “watchmaker” argument about the existence of God. Then, I played roulette for a while and thought about random number. When my head hurt, I filed the whole topic under: “Stuff I don’t understand”.

I read something that said human beings are unique in that they can understand “death” and yet go on their daily business ignoring it. As well as, whole parts of their conflicted understanding. Sort of like modern day crazy people. 

I have trouble when “life” smacks you in the face and you can’t ignore the loss of a loved one. Or just go on pretending.

Haven’t figured that out either.

That “Stuff I don’t understand” folder is getting bigger every day!

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INTERESTING: Asiana 214 animation

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

http://youtu.be/JhoAfgYhhs0

Asiana 214 ver 2

John Suchocki

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The pilot really missed the glide path.

Don’t know enough to make any comment.

Seems that all systems and people failed.

Was any one watching from the tower?

Why was the rescue response so slow?

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INTERESTING: 57 million overseas Chinese created as much wealth as the one billion people living in China

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

http://lewrockwell.com/sowell/sowell139.html

The Mindset of the Left
by Thomas Sowell

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When teenage thugs are called “troubled youth” by people on the political left, that tells us more about the mindset of the left than about these young hoodlums.

Seldom is there a speck of evidence that the thugs are troubled, and often there is ample evidence that they are in fact enjoying themselves, as they create trouble and dangers for others.

Why then the built-in excuse, when juvenile hoodlums are called “troubled youth” and mass murderers are just assumed to be “insane”?

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The political left has long claimed the role of protector of “the poor.” It is one of their central moral claims to political power. But how valid is this claim?

Leaders of the left in many countries have promoted policies that enable the poor to be more comfortable in their poverty. But that raises a fundamental question: Just who are “the poor”?

If you use a bureaucratic definition of poverty as including all individuals or families below some arbitrary income level set by the government, then it is easy to get the kinds of statistics about “the poor” that are thrown around in the media and in politics. But do those statistics have much relationship to reality?

“Poverty” once had some concrete meaning – not enough food to eat or not enough clothing or shelter to protect you from the elements, for example. Today it means whatever the government bureaucrats, who set up the statistical criteria, choose to make it mean. And they have every incentive to define poverty in a way that includes enough people to justify welfare state spending.

Most Americans with incomes below the official poverty level have air-conditioning, television, own a motor vehicle and, far from being hungry, are more likely than other Americans to be overweight. But an arbitrary definition of words and numbers gives them access to the taxpayers’ money.

This kind of “poverty” can easily become a way of life, not only for today’s “poor,” but for their children and grandchildren.

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If our goal is for people to get out of poverty, there are plenty of heartening examples of individuals and groups who have done that, in countries around the world.

Millions of “overseas Chinese” emigrated from China destitute and often illiterate in centuries past. Whether they settled in Southeast Asian countries or in the United States, they began at the bottom, taking hard, dirty and sometimes dangerous jobs.

Even though the overseas Chinese were usually paid little, they saved out of that little, and many eventually opened tiny businesses. By working long hours and living frugally, they were able to turn tiny businesses into larger and more prosperous businesses. Then they saw to it that their children got the education that they themselves often lacked.

By 1994, the 57 million overseas Chinese created as much wealth as the one billion people living in China.

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In one short article, Sowell nails our problem:

(1) low expectations by making excuses for evil;

(2) “poverty” has a poor definition and has become an “industry”; and

(3) poor immigrants seem to thrive.

Gooferment IS the problem.

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INTERESTING: Living longer?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

http://www.impactlab.net/2013/07/04/109913/

July 4th, 2013 at 8:15 am
Top 3 challenges of longevity
in: Health & Fitness,Latest Trend,Science & Technology News

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In developed nations people are living longer. There are increases in life expectancy at birth ranging from 2.7 years in Greece to 5.1 years in Ireland, between 1990 and 2010.This longevity rise has been attributed to improving health factors, better lifestyles and medical advances. This is giving us reasons to celebrate, but what are the challenges of living longer?

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Money?

Nursing homes?

Dementia?

Cost of health care?

Seems that the Gooferment has really messed up pensions, Social Security, and now is aiming at health care.

Issue crossword puzzle books to everyone. Sudoku works for the Japanese.

Argh!

Money is a whole other issue. Keep working, slave!

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INTERESTING: Sleep = Weight?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

http://lifehacker.com/the-less-you-sleep-the-more-weight-you-gain-647587090

The Less You Sleep, the More Weight You Gain

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If you need more convincing to finally fix your sleep deprivation problem, here it is: A new sleep study has found people who lose a lot of sleep eat more fatty foods and gain more weight.

The study, from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, confirms several other similar studies conducted over the past few years. This one is pretty significant, because it used the largest, most diverse sample to date—225 healthy adults ages 22 to 50—and it was done in a controlled sleep lab.

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So that’s my problem?

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