Archive for May, 2007

Spaceballs fiction becomes nonfiction

May 29, 2007

This can of genuine Tibetan oxygen sells for 35 yuan, about $4.50, in Beijing. The guys at the booth said it’s real Tibetan air.

Credit: Michael Kanellos/CNET News.com

source
Cnet, The green view from Beijing

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Guy 2 Girl Ratios………

May 21, 2007

……of different cities.

male female ratio

Source:
CreativeClass.org, The Singles Map

Jon Ross on Rights

May 14, 2007

THEY SAY: “If we pass this License-To-Carry law, it will be like the Wild West, with shootouts all the time for fender-benders, in bars, etc. We need to keep guns off the streets. If doing so saves just one life, it will be worth it.”

WE SAY: “Studies have shown blah blah blah” (FLAW: You have implied that if studies showed License-To-Carry laws equaled more heat-of-passion shootings, Right-To-Carry should be illegal.)

WE SHOULD SAY: “Although no state has experienced what you are describing, that’s not important. What is important is our freedom. If saving lives is more important than the Constitution, why don’t we throw out the Fifth Amendment? We have the technology to administer an annual truth serum session to the entire population. We’d catch the criminals and mistaken arrest would be a thing of the past. How does that sound?”

Source:
http://www.john-ross.net/ross_in_range.htm

Jury Nullification

May 12, 2007

A pamphlet on jury nullification.

It’s ok to eat 118 year old meat?!?!?!?

May 12, 2007

Apparently 10 year old canning technology didn’t leave much room for improvement:

Sir William Edward Parry made two arctic expeditions to the Northwest Passage in the 1820’s and took canned provisions on his journeys. One four-pound tin of roasted veal, carried on both trips but never opened, was kept as an artifact of the expedition in a museum until it was opened in 1938. The contents, then over one hundred years old, were chemically analyzed and found to have kept most of their nutrients and to be in fairly perfect condition. The veal was fed to a cat, who had no complaints whatsoever.

Source:
http://www.internet-grocer.net/how-long.htm
Canned Manufacturers Institute

Hipocrasy, Hedonism, and Judging others….

May 12, 2007

Ted Haggard

A powerful and strict religious leader admits buying meth and getting “massages” from a gay prostitute.

Randall Tobias: George Bush’s AIDS czar

He denounced prostitution but was forced to resign after being caught

The Congress I think very appropriately has put into the legislation that created this program that organizations, in order to receive money, need to have a policy opposed to prostitution and sex trafficking. I don’t think it’s too difficult for people to be opposed to prostitution and sex trafficking, which are in fact two contributing causes to the spread of HIV/AIDS. I think when organizations initially became aware of that requirement, some organizations were concerned about what the implications of that might be, but we implemented that in the first year with non-U.S. organizations. We’re now implementing that requirement with U.S. organizations. And so far, I really know of no problems that we’ve had on the ground

US Congress
Some (unverified) statistics on the 535 members of our US congress:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year…

Marion Barry

The Mayor of DC gets arrested for smoking crack

The Quiz:

Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three candidates. Who would you vote for?

Candidate A.
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist. He’s had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B.
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C.
He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be our choice?

Decide first … no peeking, then scroll down for the response.
Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

Source:
Fronline, Interview with Randall Tobias
ABC News Senior Official Linked to Escort Service Resigns April 27, 2007 8:58 PM Brian Ross and Justin Rood Report:
Ted Haggard, Church forces out Haggard for ‘sexually immoral conduct’ 10:24 p.m. EST, November 4, 2006
Barry Arrested on Cocaine Charges in Undercover FBI, Police Operation Sources Say Mayor Used Crack in Downtown D.C. Hotel Room, Sharon LaFraniere Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, Jan. 19, 1990; Page A01

Is there anything a bullpup can’t do?

May 8, 2007

I wonder how the FS2000 compares to the Tavor.

Sad but true…..

May 8, 2007

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” -Ernest Hemingway

Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those whom they have slain. – Fyodor Dostoyevski

“After all, what’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions, if in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true.” -Nobel laureate Sherwood Rowland on ozone depletion

Smallest organism on earth

May 8, 2007

Just a few interesting quotes:

Researchers at Oregon State University and Diversa Corporation have discovered that the smallest free-living cell known also has the smallest genome, or genetic structure, of any independent cell – and yet it dominates life in the oceans, thrives where most other cells would die, and plays a huge role in the cycling of carbon on Earth. In nature, apparently, bigger is not always better.

a milliliter of sea water off the Oregon coast might contain 500,000 of these cells.

The new study outlines how SAR11 has one of the most compact, streamlined genomes ever discovered, with only 1.3 million base pairs

Related info:
Gallons in the ocean: 3.612 x 10²º
Milliliters per gallon: 3,785.4118
3.612 x 10²º * 3,785.4118 * 500,000 = 6.836 x 10^29 cells could fit in the ocean

Source:
Bigger Isn’t Always Better based on an Oregon State University release

On tea…..

May 6, 2007

Too much may be bad

Green tea is good for you, but only if drunk in moderation. While the polyphenols in green tea are credited with preventing heart disease and cancer, it seems they can cause liver and kidney damage if consumed in very large quantities, a review of studies into the toxicity of polyphenols has shown.

“People shouldn’t be too alarmed by this, but those taking supplements may experience problems,” says lead author Chung Yang of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

He stresses that up to 10 small cups of green tea a day is fine. Problems are likely in people who take supplements, which can contain up to 50 times as much polyphenol as a single cup of tea.

source:
New Scientist, Green tea can be harmful in large quantities, 05 May 2007
Chemical Research in Toxicology, vol 20, p 583