INTERESTING: A new word hormesis & “hormegeddon”

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Prepare For Hormegeddon
by Bill Bonner.
Posted Jul 20, 2015 

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Finally, in 1943, two scientists published a journal article about this phenomenon and gave it a name: “hormesis.” It is what happens when a small dose of something produces a favorable result, but if you increase the dosage, the results are a disaster.

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Hormegeddon is my shorthand way of describing what happens when you have too much of a good thing in a public-policy context.

Economists describe the “too much of a good thing” phenomenon as “declining marginal utility.”

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Seems like our immoral, ineffective, and inefficient Gooferment has had a “declining marginal utility” for a century.

The question is how do we prune it back? Or hack it back!


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INTERESTING: Where DID the Lake Titicaca Peru totora reeds come from?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review of : BEFORE COLUMBUS : The New History of Celtic, Egyptian, Phoenician, Viking, Black African And Asian Contacts and Impacts in the Americas Before 1492 By Dr. Samuel D. Marble
By Jim Leslie
Ancient America
July 8, 2015

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Soon after the Christian era started, China became the principal supplier of ceramics and pottery to the east coast of Africa. Marble asks that if these Chinese voyages were possible, why is it not plausible the same mercantile drive could also make crossing the Atlantic possible? Totora reed grows only in the fresh waters of the Nile and Lake Titicaca of Peru. Each is genetically identical to the other and it could not have found its way to the Andes unless carried by hand. Is this evidence of an African presence? Egyptians wearing birdlike hats with beaks wove the reeds to make boats for the Nile, and men wearing similar hats with beaks are shown in ancient artworks of Peru where reed boats were woven with the totora reeds in a pattern almost identical to that of ancient Egypt., Is this an accidental development by different peoples unknown to each other at about the same time and separated by half a world?

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This book ranks at the top of the ‘Before Columbus’ entries for its breath of coverage of evidence known at that time. His literature research was extensive and all encompassing, yet he made it readable to the general audience.

I agree when Dr. Marble writes there is no sure way of knowing if the evidence in his book is actually what really happened. No evidence will convince everyone, for there is no way of knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt. It’s almost impossible for a defense attorney to prove the innocence of his client; the best he can do is to cast enough doubt in the minds of a few jurors so they will vote for innocence. Whether the client is guilty or innocent does not matter in the court of law.

Outside of mathematics there are no descriptions of events that work perfectly. Of course truth does exist somewhere in these vents, and Marble sites the newest tools available at the time – dendrochronology, blood type, C14, and ground penetration.

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Fascinating stuff.

Perhaps EVERYTHING we know about history is wrong?

Fascinating stuff to me.

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INTERESTING: Las Vegas Oceanfront was always a joke

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Could LA’s Big One be even bigger than we thought? Helium leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles reveals giant rift

  • Indicates Newport-Inglewood fault more important than previously thought
  • Risk in the next 30 years of ‘big one’ increased from about 4.7% to 7.0%
  • However, study says risk of smaller quakes has actually gone down 

PUBLISHED: 17:15 EST, 29 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:19 EST, 30 June 2015

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A huge fault in the Earth’s crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found.
They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin.

It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating.

It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of ‘the big one’ hitting California has increased dramatically.

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You’d think that folks would be taking action. As a IT Disaster Recovery SME, I’d be planning, testing, and conducting exercises.

While the recent movie “San Andreas” was hyperbole, there is a grain of truth in it.

<synonym for excrement> happens!

And, humans are very fragile creatures as individuals.

Water, bean, band aids, bullets, and bullion!

Give how the “We, The Sheeple” ignore everything except for celebrity gossip, sports results, and who’s dirty pictures are on the inet, this will be a real smack in the face.


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INTERESTING: Robot grocery store

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Robot grocery store gives high-tech upgrade to food shopping | Fox News

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Des Moines, Iowa is planning to build a first-of-a kind robotic grocery store as an experiment to offer food and necessities to locals anytime at their convenience.

A partnership between the nonprofit Eat Greater Des Moines and the business equipment firm Oasis24seven will see an automated, vending machine-style unit come to the area.

“Throughout Des Moines, there are areas of town where access to quality food is limited,” said Aubrey Alvarez, the nonprofit’s executive director. “We would love for a full service grocery store to move into these areas, but until that time the robotic unit will address the gap in the community.”

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No security risk.

No staffing issues.

No worry about raising the minimum wage.

No “bodega” for “electronic benefits fraud”.

If this becomes “profitable”, then where will it end?

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INTERESTING: Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

Monday, June 8, 2015

Intellectual Dishonesty
By Walter E. Williams
June 2, 2015

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President Barack Obama’s stance, expressed in his 2014 State of the Union address, is that the debate is settled and climate change is a fact. Obama is by no means unique in that view. Former Vice President Al Gore declared that “the science is settled.” This “settled science” vision about climate is held by many, including those in academia. To call any science settled is sheer idiocy. Had mankind acted as though any science could possibly be settled, we’d be living in caves, as opposed to having the standard of living we enjoy today. That higher standard of living stems from challenges to what might have been seen as “scientific fact.”

According to mathematician Samuel Arbesman’s book, “The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date,” many ideas taken as facts today will be shown to be wrong as early as five years from now. Arbesman argues that a study published in a physics journal will lose half its value in 10 years.

Many academics know that to call any science settled is nonsense. But their leftist political sentiments and lack of academic integrity prevent them from criticizing public officials and the media for misleading a gullible public about global warming.

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I can always count on Professor Wilaims educating me.

I never had heard about the “Half-Life of Facts”.

As a fat old white guy injineer, “facts” were always “facts”.

There are certain absolutes in this world: π, ℊ, 𝑒, and lying politicians.

There are certain moral principles: The Golden Rule (i.e., do unto others), the Zero Aggression Principle (i.e., don’t hurt people or steal their stuff), and Karma (i.e., what you do, comes around back to you).

There are a lot of “theories”. For example, Evolution, Conspiracy, and Global Warming / Global Cooling / Climate Change,

Personally, I have always used the DIKW (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) paradigm to understand the world and structure my memes accordingly.

Note that “facts” don’t appear in my paradigm because, for the most part, when people tell me “facts”, they are not very absolute.

In my mind, “facts” are “information” subject to verification and testing.

Thanks for Professor Williams educating me that there is no such thing as “settled science”.

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INTERESTING: AAA has a contest, but the missed an opportunity

Thursday, June 4, 2015

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Just click ‘Enter Now!’ below to get started. Upload a photo depicting your favorite AAAHH! Moment – good, bad, funny – it’s up to you! Next, add a clever caption, fill in the remaining fields, click ‘Submit’ and you could win cool prizes like free gas, theme park passes or free movie tickets!

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SO I did.

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), they never gave me a chance to capture my creation.

I was going to send to my “usual suspects”.

IT would have had their logo on it.

SOOoo they missed a chance to expand their “mind share” and possibly their market share.


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INTERESTING: Don’t “roll your own will”

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I heard a sad tale of woe.

Fellow did his “own” will with Legal Zoom.

When I was told that the son had the original will, I just KNEW there would be trouble. Most attorneys INSIST that you leave the original will in their vault for safekeeping. 

All was fine and dandy until he “corrected” it.

Note that if he had NOT had the original, he couldn’t have spoiled it. 

Now the fun begins.

It may be that the fellow that died will be declared “intestate” (i.e., no will). 

And the state law will divide his assets.

Probably not the way he planned.

AND, for sure, there will be extra costs (i.e., legal fees, court fees, insurance bond, extra lawyer, billable hours).

ALSO, if he had NOT screwed it up, his son could have been the executor and “saved” the 15% fee. Now that’s up for grabs.

Getting your will done by a good lawyer is NOT that expensive and certainly not as expensive as a mistake.


No one to blame but the fellow who thought he knew what he was doing.

Argh! I hate when “amateurs” try and do “brain surgery”. It’s a common thing on Wall Street, but didn’t expect it of this individual. 

[Note to self: Remember this blog post.]

“Yes, the advice of an attorney costs more. But eighty percent of people who fill in blank forms to create legal documents do so incorrectly. Are you going to beat the odds? Are you willing to take the risk?”

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