INTERESTING: Final Jeopardy betting strategy?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Watching a recent Jeopardy, I was reminded of my quest for the formula for final jeopardy wagering.

X, Y, and Z are the final amounts of the leader, midfielder, and trailer.

If X > 2Y, then there’s no calculation needed.

If X-2Y > 2Z, then the trailer plays no part in the action.

If X-2Y > Z, then the trailer must play to have any chance to win.

If X-2Y < Z, then the trailer must bet zero and hope they both miss.

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INTERESTING: Could we use dogs to quickly screen for diseases?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/10/joseph-mercola/does-sickness-smell/

Does Sickness Smell?
By Joseph Mercola Mercola.com October 23, 2017

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In yet another example, a Labrador retriever was trained to detect the scent of colorectal cancer from breath and stool samples with greater than 90 percent accuracy.21 Using breath samples, the dog could detect colorectal cancer with 91 percent accuracy and had an amazing 97 percent accuracy with stool samples. The researchers concluded:

“This study shows that a specific cancer scent does indeed exist and that cancer-specific chemical compounds may be circulating throughout the body. These odor materials may become effective tools in colorectal cancer screening.”

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Hopefully soon, we can have “disease detectors” that mimic the dog’s ability.

Either that or an array of dogs that give you a sniff as you walk into the hospital. 

Maybe that’s the future of Gooferment “healthcare”?

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INTERESTING: Labor Unions Explained by Tom Woods

Friday, October 20, 2017

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tom-woods-show/id716825890?mt=2&i=100039326650

Listen to Ep. 1019 Labor Unions: Myths and Facts from The Tom Woods Show in Podcasts. 

Haven’t labor unions improved the standard of living of American workers? Why, wouldn’t we not even have the weekend without them? My father belonged to the Teamsters, so I have a natural inclination to side with unions, but the facts won’t let me, and in this episode I explain why.

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Tom Woods puts the Gooferment laws squarely in the crosshairs for deliberately misstating the truth.

Labor Unions didn’t cause the progress in living standard. 

Obviously, the increase in wealth was due to the increase in productivity and the benefits of the modern division of labor.

Very worth a listen to disprove “facts” assumed to be truth.

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INTERESTING: In a very sad sort of way

Monday, September 25, 2017

http://collectivelyconscious.net/articles/20-words-that-describes-emotions-we-can-feel-but-just-cant-explain/

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14. Ellipsism:

(n) A sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out.

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I recently had this feeling — which I never had; not maybe never recognized — when helping to care for a newborn. When he’s 20, I’ll be 90. When he’s 40, I’d be 120. Unless there is a “miracle of modern medicine”, I won’t be around to see how he makes out. Will he thrice or even survive?

It’s like reading a mystery novel and losing it before you find out who done it.

I think there were a MASH and a HIMYM episode, each like this.

Argh!

Frustrating, but nothing that can be done about it.

Maybe “we” should invent a “reverse time capsule”?

Double Argh!

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INTERESTING: Voynich manuscript decoded

Saturday, September 9, 2017

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/the-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-has-finally-been-decoded/

MYSTERY SOLVED —The mysterious Voynich manuscript has finally been decoded
History researcher says that it’s a mostly plagiarized guide to women’s health.
ANNALEE NEWITZ – 9/8/2017, 4:10 PM

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Since its discovery in 1912, the 15th century Voynich Manuscript has been a mystery and a cult phenomenon. Full of handwriting in an unknown language or code, the book is heavily illustrated with weird pictures of alien plants, naked women, strange objects, and zodiac symbols. Now, history researcher and television writer Nicholas Gibbs appears to have cracked the code, discovering that the book is actually a guide to women’s health that’s mostly plagiarized from other guides of the era.

Gibbs writes in the Times Literary Supplement that he was commissioned by a television network to analyze the Voynich Manuscript three years ago. Because the manuscript has been entirely digitized by Yale’s Beinecke Library, he could see tiny details in each page and pore over them at his leisure. His experience with medieval Latin and familiarity with ancient medical guides allowed him to uncover the first clues.

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Having had some training in cryptology, I found this interesting and somewhat funny.

I guess no one in 100+ years  ever put together the clues.

Great job by this fellow.

Guess we need an inventory of all the “puzzles” for TV shows to solve for us. Maybe they can solve all our problems.

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INTERESTING: Would seem that “The West” is superior!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/07/walter-e-williams/western-values-superior/

Western Values Are Superior
By Walter E. Williams
July 26, 2017

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Here’s part of President Donald Trump’s speech in Poland: “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”

After this speech, which was warmly received by Poles, the president encountered predictable criticism. Most of the criticism reflected gross ignorance and dishonesty.

One example of that ignorance was penned in the Atlantic magazine by Peter Beinart, a contributing editor and associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. Beinart said, “Donald Trump referred 10 times to ‘the West’ and five times to ‘our civilization.’ His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means.” He added, “The West is a racial and religious term. To be considered Western, a country must be largely Christian (preferably Protestant or Catholic) and largely white.”

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By the way, one need not be a Westerner to hold Western values. One just has to accept the sanctity of the individual above all else.

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From the barbarism and the treatment of women certainly illustrates how correct this is.

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INTERESTING: The Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica — another example of how little we know

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

http://www.cracked.com/article_16871_6-insane-discoveries-that-science-cant-explain.html

6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can’t Explain

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The Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica

The Mystery:

Costa Rica and a few surrounding areas are scattered with giant stone balls. They are smooth and perfectly spherical, or nearly so. Some of them are quite small, a few inches in diameter, but some of them are as large as eight feet in diameter weighing several tons.

They have been chiseled to perfection by persons unknown, despite the fact that Costa Rica is still not scheduled to enter the Bronze Age until 2013. The are balls everywhere and serve no apparent purpose, like a swing club on Gentlemen’s Night.

And God said, “It’s nice, but could use some more purposeless balls.”

Some of the balls have been blasted apart by locals hoping to find gold, coffee beans, or even babies. Some have been rolled around, but some are too heavy to move even with a bulldozer. Not that they have bulldozers in Costa Rica.

Why Can’t They Solve It?

About the most useful information anyone has gotten is that there are not, under any circumstance, any quarries anywhere near the balls. This information is actually useless considering the balls are carved from volcanic rock.

Our Guess:

In 1,000 years the eggs of the stone men will hatch, and their offspring will emerge to rule the Earth.

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It’s amazing how little we know.

I wonder how many more “mysteries” there are. Probably need a Snopes-like site to catalog them.

Argh!

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