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Friday, July 13. 2018
Nearly Half of Americans Battling to Lose Weight: CDC Data
Internal battles are the worst kind
15+ Photos That Prove Japan Is Not Like Any Other Country
Like Sweden used to be, a monoculture where everybody's on the same page
“Find Your Passion” Is Awful Advice
It's good advice for hobbies
The New Story of Humanity's Origins in Africa - Several new discoveries suggest that our species didn’t arise from a single point in space. Instead, the entire continent was our cradle.
So what about Mitochondrial Eve?
Why did Jesus allow the demons to enter the herd of pigs?
Evil: Whalers in Iceland have killed what appears to be a blue whale, one of the largest creatures left on the planet.
Universities pledge to maintain affirmative action policies
They do not want to be 90% Asian
US "Asleep At The Wheel" – As Nuclear Industry Faces Collapse
U.S. CO2 Levels Drop Again — So Why Aren't Green Groups Rejoicing?
Because that's not what it's about
Are The Russia-Gate Fanatics Crazy, Or Just Cynical?
Peter Strzok, A Cocky Liar to the End
The United Nations and Antisemitism - 2008-2017 Report Card
“In Order that They Didn’t Die Alone”: Remembering Claude Lanzmann, director of Shoah
Delingpole: Trump’s Brexit Rebellion Catches Fire in the UK
Trump's diplomatic belligerence
The Consequences of Public Housing in Denmark
NATO Is Sick, And Trump Is The Best Doctor It’s Likely To
BULL: 1, CHINA SHOP: 0
BOOM! Finnish Journalist Finds Out Hard Way She Was Dealing with US President Who Doesn’t Give a Sh*t
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Strzok has listened to the famous speeches in "A Few Good Men" so many times just to practice for yesterday's testimony. Rhythm and Intonation are the same ! He has known for months that yesterday was coming. He has practiced by watching that film over and over and over.
I blame his grammar school cohort for this problem. They failed to apply after school humility training.
It was a beautiful thing! It was staged and a circus and it proved to the world beyond any doubt that the Democrats are in a full press cover up mode and are terrified of what will come out of this investigation.
Where are the computers servers and laptops from Hillary Clinton and her entourage and why didn't the FBI secure these things and actually do detective work instead of a coverup of her crimes? Where are all the missing documents, texts and other communications related to the effort to prevent Trump from getting elected and after election to get him impeached? Every time a pertinent question was asked the smirking Strzok was extremely pleased to say that he couldn't talk about an ongoing investigation! My god! It seems the ONLY time we hear that from a witness in congress that there is a monstrous coverup in process. Congress is authorized to know everything that the FBI does and keeping those details from congress is contrary to the constitution. Hiding behind FBI policies when a congressional oversight committee is investigating the FBI is illegal.
The Democrats were a clown act. I have seen better order from a herd of tired and hungry two year old's. It was totally clear to American voters that the Democrats are now complicit in the FBI's criminal activities over these last two years or so.
The terminal problem for the FBI is that they are now viewed as a political organization and they can not get back to neutral for decades. The street agents should be reassigned to other investigative agencies and the management kicked to the street without benefits and banned from future government service.
I hae often rcomended that people NOT chooae 'something they love' as a career. It'sa a sure way to kill the joy of your hobby.
Instead choose something you can tolerate, and that people are willing to pay well for ... so you can enjoy the hobby
I agree. I have often been asked why I don't start my on landscaping business or nursery. And that was my reply. It would ruin the fun.
I do what I'm good at to earn a living, not what I'm passionate about.
My hobby is woodworking. All sorts, from basic carpentry (how I started) to furniture making, turning, and so on. I love it and can get lost in it for hours. Nearing retirement it's been suggested I could make stuff to generate income after i'm done with my regular job. I explain that were I to do this my hobby would become work and would no longer be the labor of love I enjoy.
Back in the day, each offspring indicated a passion for drama. My response was simple: "And how do you plan to feed yourself?". All chose different career paths, though one did manage to combine accounting and drama at the uni, which led to a fair few Enron jokes.
All are now established professionals in their fields, with hobbies on the side. Must admit, though, that the accountant/drama kid is involved in a local community theatre group, and does occasionally perform. When cast in the panto some years ago - part of a comedic duo - she developed laryngitis just before dress rehearsal which necessitated a reconfiguring of her role. The explanation given was that - having offended the Emperor - she was condemned to a vow of silence. Needless to say, when this was stated at one performance, her sister and brother-in-law stood up and cheered. Fortunately it was a pantomime, at which audience participation is a given.
My observation has been that professors who make this recommendation teach in a liberal arts program that does not prepare the student with real skills. First of all--finding your passion takes years, unless of course it's something left over from high school basketball. Secondly, being able to make a good living doing something that you are not morally opposed to is THE way to have enough money to truly pursue that "passion". When I hear a professor say "go out and find your passion", I get the gags.
After watching a small portion of the Strzok goings-on, I am happy I wasn't in that room. They probably would have to have drug me out or taped my mouth shut! What has been allowed to happen in DC is getting to be frightening and some of them just don't show up and nothing is ever done to them.
Well, to be honest it would appear that nothing very much is ever done to them even when they do show up, not true?
I was amazed by the arrogance of Strzok.
He invokes Putin for seeking to tear the country apart, yet ignores his own role in achieving that goal. I have little doubt Putin would be pleased to see our nation divided against itself. But I am convinced that Strzok wants that just as much. After all, he could "smell" the Trump voters...
Regarding the demons and the pigs.
I never understood the request to enter the pigs and then drown themselves.
I read, in the link, that it was a way to avoid the Abyss. Doubtful. They were demons. If they pigs die, don't they head right back to the Abyss?
More likely, it seems they realized they were unable to counter Jesus' strength, and rather than waste their time, they desired a quick exit. However, being demons, can't they just extract themselves and leave?
Of course, I'm really just ranting because I have no doubt the pig story is purely allegorical, and it was meant to show that demons are low, as pigs were assumed to be, and that their removal was assured, and would end poorly for them.
Japan has it's own problems, but social disorder is not one of them. Having been to Japan many times, many of the pictures ring true.
Can you imagine trying to get American kids to do janitor work after school? The liberals would just blow a gasket!
I do like that toilet with the hand washing station. I can pee and wash my hands all at the same time!
Uh, I don't recommend that. Nor brushing your teeth.
Japan is incredibly stupid. Killing a blue whale just goes to show that they have no intention of acting responsibly. While it's true that Japan's total catch has gone down: "The ministry will consider reviewing the system to allow well-heeled companies and other entities with large sales markets to more easily acquire aquaculture fishery rights for “maguro” (tuna) or “tai” (sea bream), and other species."
Selling fishing rights is just as bad as over-fishing. The entire ocean needs a rest.
If even half of those Americans battling weight loss were to start to succeed, would that cause job loss in the food industry and possibly spark a recession?
Since other areas, like gyms and low calorie foods would see a boom.
Asleep at the wheel...we're radiophobics and will pay the price if we don't develop thorium reactors.
Half of separated children came with criminal adults or fake parents...surprise, surprise, surprise, NOT.
Bird Dog: So what about Mitochondrial Eve?
Mitochondrial Eve is strictly matrilineal. Other women who lived at the time also left descendants, but not strictly through the female line. Also, mitochondrial Eve changes over time. As lineages die out, mitochondrial Eve becomes more recent.
Consider a typical matrilineage. Some lines inevitably go extinct through happenstance. Some lines persist, and because matrilineage is uncrossed, we can always determine a single common ancestor of all extant members. Mitochondrial Eve is at the top center of the graph.
Now, imagine that the extant members to the right of center, whether through natural selection or neutral drift, expand in the population, while those to the left of center gradually contract and disappear. Now, mitochondrial Eve is on the second row, not the top row.
(Extinction of lines will inevitably occur even in the absence of natural selection, especially in small populations.)