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Monday, January 26. 2015
Monday morning links
Don't be surprised if Maggie's servers go down tonight or tomorrow. If so, it will be because of the wind, not the snow. It's the wind that breaks things with a Nor'easter.
Website of note: Chateau Heartiste
New England Patriots Cialis Commercial Parody (For Deflated-Balls)
Insane Archery Skills
50 years of No Satisfaction
The connections in autistic brains are idiosyncratic and individualized
Are women more emotional than men?
Hmmm, let me think. Well, maybe, sometimes, yeah. Am I allowed to think that?
Penn Bioethicists Want to Bring Back Mental Asylums
Egyptian President El-Sisi Becomes First President to Visit Church on Coptic Christmas
Students at Berkeley Angry: No Trannies Made Raphael’s School of Athens!
Princeton editor-in-chief calls out hypersensitive, politically correct peers
Let's Make Employment of Low-Skill Labor Profitable Again
Annals of climate change: Great Lakes need more icebreakers
Obama’s Free Stuff Army
Kerry: Calling Violent Extremism Islamic ‘the Biggest Error We Could Make’
Why Don’t Lawmakers Want to Update the Tax Code?
Know Thy Enemy - The modern Western penchant for trusting in the equal rationality of all is strategic folly.
NSA Details Chinese Cyber Theft of F-35, Military Secrets
A conspicuous failure of U.S. foreign policy in Syria
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After hearing opinions on this from everyone beginning with the academic A-team at ESPN through Bill Nye the Science Guy, its actually refreshing to get some thoughts from a group with more in their heads than a wagging tongue. HeadSmart Labs is staffed with engineers from Carnegie Mellon, arguably one of the best engineering schools in the nation. Their work - using a scientific method - confirms the results observed on game day. This info is out there on YouTube. If I could find it, the main stream media should be able to find it - but it's not in their interest to put this to rest.
Excellent! I was waiting for somebody to replicate the actual conditions of the game to see if there was a scientific explanation - certainly happens to my car's tires when the temperature drops.
They got almost 2 psi of pressure drop at 50 degrees - and I thought it was closer to 35 by halftime.
Did anyone track the pressure of the Colts' footballs before and during the game? I bet anytime we see one of those really cold games in Chicago or Green Bay the balls are underinflated.
Re: Insane archery
Byron Ferguson is fantastic (search for him on youtube). He may be the most accurate archer anywhere, but Lars certainly adds a new dimension to archery. Truly amazing!
Website of note to avoid: Chateau Heartiste.
FTFY (I found the site distasteful.)
Re: 50 years of No Satisfaction
When I was a kid, I liked the Stones, but I thought the Beatles were more - I don't know, artistic?, revolutionary?, groundbreaking? - in any event, I thought they would age better. After all, the Stones just seemed like hard rocking irreverent bad boys (not that there's necessarily wrong with that).
Mrs. Mudbug (who is more of a '50s and '60s rock and roller and R&B girl) and I (who is more of a late '60s, early '70s rocker) were talking about them the other day and we both agreed that in our opinion, that overall, the Stones had actually aged better than the Beatles.
Re: Kerry and violent Islamist extremism
Maybe Kerry can go to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, etc. and show them how they misinterpret the Koran and how it should be interpreted. But then, we'd need a new Secretary of State because they would chop his head off for being an unbeliever - unless he converted.
I can't find the story now, but I read last week that all of the Colts' footballs were in the proper inflation range.
Wonder how many academics were on the protest lines in the 60's and 70's demanding "relevance" in their assigned course work.
A return to asylum, seems likely, noisy, smelly, troublesome people interfere with enjoyment of the urban professional life style. But of course this time, it will be different.
Make easier to hire unskilled workers - retail trade and fast food know how to do it already.
BTW, why isn't our press interested in what El-Sisi is saying?
El-Sisi is my latest hero. I just hope he survives long enough to have a lasting impact. Sadat was another hero in the same mold and it didn't end well for him.
I wrote this last Thursday. It's only my opinion but it's as good as I can say it:
Sisi is nearly single-handedly fighting radical Islam at its core. What makes this even more interesting is that he seems to be getting no support from Western media or from all appearances, Western governments (if you do a google search on "reaction to Sisi's speech, the first page is almost entirely conservative sites).
Obummer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize before he had done anything (and six years later still has done nothing to further world peace - or is it whirled peas?). Are there any bets that Sisi will somehow be overlooked for the next Peace Prize? But then, I don't think that that award has ever been given to anyone who has even stopped a fist fight.
Many of us are clamoring to hear from "moderate" Muslims. While the elites in media and government are excusing or defecting blame for radical Islamic violence, they are at the same time ignoring one of the most important moderate Muslim stories.
To me, this implies that the press and the silent Western governments are either afraid of blow back from radical Islam or are not really interested in moderate Muslims in the first place.
Bush was slammed for telling the world that they were either with us (against the terrorists) or against us (for the terrorists). He was right. Sisi is apparently with us. The media and Western governments... maybe not so much.
Are women more emotional than men? Hmm. Do rage and sexual arousal and annoyance count as emotions, or only chick-movie-type feelings?
Wires bring raw electricity in and wires take the value-added electricity packets out.
When were they checked? Where were they checked?
Out in the elements or back inside?
I think I warned of this last week. Its Comment section can be really rough, but the main postings are usually enlightening on some level. Language is definitely NSFK.
Better RP site is the Rational Male.
The point at which I was stunned was the revelation that he achieves his amazing results by shooting his arrows from the outside surface of the bow.
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