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Saturday, September 24. 2011
Thus another crisis requiring government intervention and control
At least 1/3 of it, it seems. Brings in the $, however.
Fast neutrinos: This Extraordinary Claim Requires Extraordinary Evidence!
Always be a skeptic
When love pushes you to fuck up your life and/or someone else’s, it’s your choice to either fight to stay in control or say, well, love is all you want, so whatever happens must be worthwhile:
How long does passion last before Mr. Reality enters in?
Five Ways to Screw Up Your Life with the Internet
Age: a terrible equalizer. Except for Paul Newman
Guys tend to fare better than women
Mugged by Mythology - Liberals believe the darnedest things.
Krauthammer: Return of the real Obama
Sees right through the guy
A Poll on Fixing Poor Student Performance - You are invited to weigh in on how universities should deal with slackers.
Throw them out! Oh, I forgot - they need the $ so they won't do that
Obama did it! He made the sea levels fall!
Praise the Lord!
Obamacare rule gives government everyone's medical records
That will go over well...
Obama Administration Set to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns
Insane. The news from DC these days cannot be distinguished from The Onion
Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Help Is on the Way - New Medical-Billing System Provides Precision; Nine Codes for Macaw Mishaps
Precision without meaning. Unbelievable waste of time
Why the government shouldn’t guarantee mortgages or mortgage-backed securities.
How Rick Perry blew it
He is done. Fine governor but clueless on the big stage.
Where is the righteous indignation among black Americans at being portrayed as helpless children?
Judge questions honesty of Interior Department scientists
Well, good luck, Democrats.
It will be a cold day in hell when I pay to see another of this selfish loon’s movies.
But he was terrific in Shawshank
...a person growing 201 pot plants in a rental unit would receive a longer mandatory sentence than someone who rapes a toddler or forces a five-year-old to have sex with an animal.
The Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon kicked off today in Washington on the National Mall, under inauspiciously dark rainy skies.
White House Fingerprints on LightSquared Scandal
Over GOP objections, Obama pushes education overhaul - States can get waivers to Bush plan benchmarks
D.C. consumes 625 million muffins a day
...what threat did Saddam actually pose? Let’s go through just a sliver of the evidence.
John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist
The White House's Advice for Your Rabbi - President presses: Preach politics from the pulpit.
Chris Christie Reconsidering 2012 Run, Will Decide in Days
It's not over until the fat man sings. If he wants VP, I prefer Rubio.
Hoven: Science for Stupid Idiots
Female promiscuity may be nature's way of dealing with inbreeding, research claims
WINDFALL PROFITS… Obama Supporter Who Was Awarded $107 Million For Windfarm Will Hold $25,000-Per-Person Fundraiser for President
Eliz Warren gets rich without producing anything: Woops- I forgot that measly 192,000 the government paid me:
Lefties, always greedy parasites, never producing anything useful or beautiful
Most pols are sociopathic, to varying degrees. Everybody knows that. And everybody knows to ignore their lack of integrity if they like what they are doing.
Thoughts On A Sunday
It's NASCAR weekend up here in New Hampshire, with the second of two Sprint Cup races taking place today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. While I am a NASCAR fan, I am also a New England Patriots fan,...
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One of the first steps that must be taken in order to upgrade the performance level of all university and high school students is quite simple: eliminate the use of Toulmin's "argument model" as a substitute for critical thinking! As used in class this model becomes just an opportunity to legitimize the use of multiple bumper stickers. The abuse of this simplistic model is compounded by the ability of "copy/paste".
Second thing that must happen immediately if you truly want to clean up academia. NO ELECTRONICS in the classroom; I know hand writing notes from the professor's comments is slow--but there is no substitute. So many, many students today come into the lecture hall turn on their laptops and spend the hour surfing the internet, knowing that the teacher has posted links to the information on her website. The teacher does not even have to post her own thoughts--just links to someone else's work will suffice. When exam time comes, of course students are frequently allowed to do the exam at home, but if they are required to come back into the lecture hall, they can still do the exam online! Again, just copy/paste.
Interesting comments on beauty and its lasting qualities. There are always those almost unearthly people whose beauty lasts way beyond its pull date. Newman was one of those people, as was Katherine Hepburn. Both were wise enough not to tamper with Mother Nature with face lifts, etc. Every so often I look at a website called awfulplasticsurgery.com. What a lesson it is in acceptance. I have not seen one person on the site who was "improved" by plastic surgery, and many who were most painfully not improved.
I keep a photograph of my grandmother on my bureau. She was a beautiful old lady, but not a surgically improved one. She would have been horrified at the thought, and she would have said, "Take my advice. Leave your looks alone. Read some good books instead."
"Red Cross: Obese Now Outnumber Hungry
Thus another crisis requiring government intervention and control."
Actually that's a problem that contains its own solution.
Neutrinos: Always be a skeptic
Ok - but 'splain me this - how is it that electrons (and other particles) can simultaneously be in two places - or even an infinite number of places - at the same time?
I'm a believer - in fact, I would go so far as to say that this not only will be confirmed, but it will lead to a completely different understanding of physics that will create a whole new world. If an electron can be in two places at the same time, then almost anything is possible.
Admittedly, the different between the quantum world and our world is significantly different. That does not mean that principles of physics in one world cannot be applied in the physics of another world. I was impressed by a statement made by Arthur Wightman (Wightman's Axioms) who said that we can engineer anything we want and we have the technology to do it - all that is needed is the energy to make an object perform. He was speaking specifically about wormholes but that can be applied to almost anything.
How Rick Perry blew it
That's exactly what I suspected with Perry - he's an empty suit. He may play well in Texas, but that doesn't necessarily translate to national politics. Now the hue and cry is for Christie to step up and save the party from annihilation - and I have a hunch that he's New Jersey's version of Rick Perry.
Face it - we're gonna have to support Romney - it may require holding our noses, but that's about all we got.
Tom, my friend ... I'm going to have to differ with you about Perry. He's not a theorizer, he's a doer. And very few doers are equally good at talking about it. I'm also taking umbrage, a little bit, at the scornful way you are dismissing Texas, as if we were credulous unaccomplished fools. We aren't. The reason we sometimes don't brag about our successes is that we have so many of them. Perry is a pragmatic sometimes inelegant man who has steered us in a steady course toward success despite interference from the corruptocrats in Washington.
Again, I agree with you, Marianne. I didn't watch the last debate so I don't know if Perry blew it - that seems to be the consensus - but I don't see how you can call him an empty suit. He's been governor of Texas for about 12 years. Regardless of what one may think of him as a potential president, he's seems to be one of the more successful governors in the country.
As for his positions, I have a problem with his immigration policies. I also think he didn't go far enough with Social Security (something he stood up and said while everybody else was whispering it). I like his stand on the Tenth Amendment, I like his policies about tort reform, and gun control, too. He may not be perfect, but I think there's a lot to like in what he does, though possibly he loses points for how he talks about it (admittedly, that is important).
Romney would be better than Obummer, but I'm afraid that's not saying much. From what I've heard so far, I would go for Perry long before I go for Romney.
As for Christie, I certainly don't worship him like a lot of pubbies seem to, but given the state he's governor of, I think he's doing a pretty decent job. He's not going as far as I would like in battling public sector unions, but he makes his case well and I think he's heading in the right direction. I don't know why Tom would call him an empty suit either...
You've got a point there, BD. Nobody really FILLS a suit like Christie! :-)
Yikes. If the election comes to Romneycare v. Obamacare, wake when when we get two parties with at least one that doesn't believe in the EUSSR agenda.
My dear Marianne I was not disparaging Texas. I love Texas - I worked for Texaco - spent many hours in Houston, Galveston, Brownsville working in the oil industry. Texas is a great state with great people. I've fished and hunted all over the great state of Texas. Texas is wonderful. Well, ok - maybe not the Dallas Cowboys. Or the Texas Rangers. And certainly not the San Antonio Spurs.
I will not retract what I said about Governor Perry being an empty suit. People sometimes get lucky and Rick Perry has had an extraordinary run admittedly. But I have to wonder how much of that is due to military expenditures, the oil business and the the state of Texas's increase in government hiring. How much is actually due to his facility at getting new businesses started or supported successfully? I don't know - I do know that the unemployment rate is 9.3 % (August figures) which is .2% higher than the national average. So where's the beef?
Doer types are all well and good - what we, the GOP, need is a doer who is also articulate and forceful enough to get things done - a Reagan type. Oddly, I think Romney is a "doer", is articulate, yeah, he's responsible for Romneycare and by extension Obamacare, but that's something he can't be totally blamed for - the Mass Legislature went way overboard with Romneycare and its really been distorted not by any fault of Romney. You have to remember, this is Massachusetts we're talking about - home of "no fault" insurance and the subsequent economic disaster that became.
Governor Perry has been fortunate that the dice has rolled his way - no doubt about that. And he has managed that lucky roll efficiently - I agree with that. But luck has to run out sometimes and you have to be able to adjust quickly with conviction and courage - I don't think he's got what it takes. My opinion - I could be wrong.
"If the free interplay of market forces has produced an outcome where 15 percent of humanity are hungry while 20 percent are overweight, something has gone wrong somewhere," secretary general Bekele Geleta [sic] said in a statement.
Among Pacific Islanders, too many of whom are obese these days, the problem is self-inflicted and stems from sheer laziness. With the easy availability of canned and processed foods from the outside that are shipped in to their islands, too many of them find it easier to shop in the local supermarket than to follow traditional fishing and agriculture of their cultures. Their Western diets are their deaths. I'd say this is unfortunate, but I can't see how this is "wrong". That's a moral judgement, which presupposes it's my business to tell other people how they should live. I'm pretty sure that if I looked carefully at different situations of hunger around the globe, I could find evidence in various cases that the problem is self-inflicted, in part because the practices of some ancient and even modern cultures are dangerous to one's well-being. One can hardly blame the present starvation in North Korea, for example, on a malfunction of market forces.
So Warren is openly admitting that she has succeeded by screwing over others.
".a person growing 201 pot plants in a rental unit would receive a longer mandatory sentence than someone who rapes a toddler or forces a five-year-old to have sex with an animal."
Modern people have a more tolerant and humane view of human sexuality. This perfectly reflects their view of sex, the primal human right.
For the permanent record which will follow me around for the rest of my life, I too support LGB2SVP5MRST3Z2 liberation.