Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist!!

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers. When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer's back-rest in two, and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the US scientists for suggestions.

You're gonna love this...

NASA responded with a one-line memo -- "Defrost the chicken." (True Story)

Today's find on an old overhead

Talvez meio andando seja a gente acreditar no que faz (ou ponto a meio caminho) é ter as pessoas acreditam no que fazem. Mas, acima de tudo, o que mais incentiva que mais nos valoriza e também mais nos torna conscientes de nossas responsabilidades, é saber que outros crêem em nós. E não há palavras que descrevam ao saber dos sacrifícios a que eles se impõem por crerem não apenas em nós, mas também no que cremos.  

Perhaps the middle of the road (or the half way point) is to have people believe in what they do.  But above all, what is most motivating, most valued and most powerful in making us conscious of our responsibilities, is to know that others believe in us.  There are no words that describe how we feel about the sacrifices imposed on those who not only believed in us but believed in what we believed in.
 - Albert Einstein

Native Americans in Arizona Vow to Deport All Non-Native Americans

Native Americans in Arizona Vow to Deport All Non-Native Americans Navajo Nation – The Navajo, Hopi, all Apache Nations and all other Native Americans who presently reside in Arizona have joined forces in an effort to show the haughty Arizona residents just exactly who has every right to be in that State.

Said Chief Standing Wolf, “it is not those of European decent who should be making the laws of this state, but we, the tribal people, who have been suppressed for too long. Our ancestors have been here for thousands of years, while the white man only came a few hundred years ago. Yet, it is the white man who wants to make ridiculous laws and keep everything lily white. We can no longer stand by and let this happen.”
Short of declaring war on the Arizona government, Chief Standing Wolf instead issued a warning “reverse your laws entitling only English-speaking people to inhabit Arizona. Only then will we back down and allow peace to again grace Arizona, but if you deny our fellow red and brown men their rightful place in this state, there will be bloodshed.”

Of course, Chief Standing Wolf was speaking in his native tongue, so the lawmakers in the State weren’t exactly sure what the message was.

make the jump here to read the full article

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Via JMG: Alan Grayson: If We Got Invaded By Mars, The GOP Would Claim Obama's A Martian

Alan Grayson: If We Got Invaded By Mars, The GOP Would Claim Obama's A Martian

"I want to gay-marry Alan Grayson." - joe

reposted from  Joe

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Via What Are The Ten Best Countries In The World?

1diggdigg Finland Newsweek created a list of the best countries in the world. United States did not even obtain a position in the top ten. In fact, some of our ratings in key factors in the ranking was sadly low. In past years, I can remember when the United States would almost inevitably place first in all categories. This is a reminder of how much we have to accomplish in order to restore what has always made America great.
The United States ranked a very sad 26th in education coming behind such nations as Kazakhstan, Hungary and Poland. In healthcare, again we hit the pitiful 26th ranking. We do manage to make it into the top ten in the areas of 'quality of life' and 'economic dynamism.' So let's see what are the top ten best nations in the world. Drum roll!
1. Finland
2. Switzerland
3. Sweden
4. Australia
5. Luxembourg
6. Norway
7. Canada
8. Netherlands
9. Japan
10. Denmark

Train Drama: Video of carriges falling from bridge into flooded river

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Via Boehner just proposed deep cuts to Social Security to pay for big tax breaks for the richest Americans

Republican Minority Leader John Boehner just proposed deep cuts to Social Security to pay for big tax breaks for the richest Americans.1
To see how popular Boehner's plan is, we asked Sam Seder—the former Air America host and political satirist—to hit the streets to see what some everyday folks think.
How did they respond? They're smart, funny, and passionate—and, well, let's just say they don't see eye to eye with Boehner. Check out the video below to see what Sam found, and then pass it on:

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Thanks for all you do.
–Daniel, Duncan, Carrie, Nita, and the rest of the team
1. "Boehner, Pence: Raising Social Security Retirement Age An Option," The Huffington Post, August 10, 2010

"Boehner punts on paying for tax cuts," Politico, August 8, 2010

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Friday Watercooler: Palin defends Dr. Laura's racist words

Friday Watercooler: Palin defends Dr. Laura's racist words

• Did She Really Defend Racist Comments? Sarah Palin, no stranger to... Read more...

Via Truthout: History Does Not Lie - Unless It Is Being Invented by Republicans

Via Prezi: Mathematics Education


Palin "I dunno"
Dear Ms. Palin,
Please take the time to read the text of the First Amendment, and try to understand it, before continuing to spread a flawed and ignorant misinterpretation of some of our most cherished constitutional principles.
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Dear Daniel,
It is clear from her recent statements defending Dr. Laura Schlessinger's egregious on-air racial insensitivity and attacking the so-called 'Ground Zero Mosque' that Sarah Palin does not know the first thing about the First Amendment.
Maybe she should read it again.
Our goal is to send tens of thousands… or hundreds of thousands… or with the help of Facebook and web users like you, maybe even a million copies of the First Amendment to Sarah Palin. If she reads it a million times, maybe the words will sink in and she might finally start to understand the concepts of Freedom of Religion and Free Speech.
Back when she was campaigning for vice president in 2008, Palin claimed her First Amendment rights were being violated because people criticized her rhetoric and some in the "lamestream media" questioned her scurrilous attacks on then-candidate Obama.
Now she has taken to Twitter to defend Dr. Laura Schlessinger's repeated use of the "n-word" on her radio show in a screed about how minorities are too sensitive about race and need to have thicker skins. Palin claims that Schlessinger's First Amendment rights are being denied because of the backlash against her remarks.
Someone needs to tell Sarah Palin that just as the First Amendment protects the right of Dr. Schlesinger to make racist, offensive comments, it protects our right to raise our voices in outrage. It's shocking that we'd need to explain this to any political leader, much less a vice presidential candidate from the most recent election who has since been since granted major spokesperson status in the media!
Send her a copy of the First Amendment now and hopefully a basic understanding of its clauses will sink in with repetition.
But it's not just the freedom of speech provision of the First Amendment that Sarah Palin doesn't comprehend -- she's also unclear on the concept of freedom of religion. No one has been a more vocal critic of the planned Park51 Muslim community center in lower Manhattan. She has pointed fingers at Democrats, President Obama, "peace-loving Muslims" and others demanding that they take a position against a community center two blocks from where the Twin Towers once stood. One of the core principles expressed in the Constitution is the belief that people of all faiths, and of no faith at all, are equally welcome in public life. America betrays its deepest values when it says that minorities are welcome only if they know their place.
But Sarah Palin still doesn't get it! Let's help her.
And, please, tell your friends. Our goal for this one is to get a huge response.
Thank you for standing up for freedom of speech, expression, the press, assembly and religion -- thank you for standing up for the First Amendment.
Ben Betz, Online Communications Manager

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Via Truthout: The United States Is No Germany

by: Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.

Molina/El Nuevo Diario – Managua, Nicaragua/Cartoonarts International/ The New York Times Syndicate

EDITOR'S NOTE: Truthout is proud to begin bringing you a twice-weekly Paul Krugman column, thanks to Paul's service, Krugman & Co. This is new material, not available from The New York Times. Happy reading! ms/TO The debate regarding fiscal stimulus over the past year and a half has, frankly, made me despair at the state of the economics profession. If others believe stimulus spending is a bad idea, fine. But surely we should expect opponents of stimulus to engage in real debate, which means that they'd have to actually listen, just briefly, make the jump here to read the article on TO»

Via Marcos Brenton @ Sacbee: Arcade, cityhood fever heats up again

Sacramento is ethnically diverse, but regionally divided.

The conflicts and politics around here aren't between colors or nationalities. They are between neighborhoods.
Every time there was movement toward merging Sacramento city and county, it was shot down at the ballot box.
The result is that instead of one large metropolis under one umbrella, we have breakaway cities happy to be liberated from the sinking ship of Sacramento County.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Via TED: Scott McCloud on comics

Bob Thurman says we can be Buddhas

Via TED: Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth

Hans Rosling on global population growth

Via TED: Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets

Via TED: Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset


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Via Christianists: The Real Force Behind the Mosque Controversy

I have already noted on my own blog christianists1.jpgthat part of the insane controversy around the proposed Muslim community center in lower Manhattan is being fueled by the shameless pandering and opportunism of low lifes within the Republican Party like Sarah Palin, the thrice-married Newt Gingrich, Rep. Peter King and many others. These folks would truly sell out their own mothers if they thought it would find them a vote or two more amongst the untethered from reality GOP base.
However, in my view, the real underlying cause of it all is the Christianists' desire to stamp out anyone and any religion that challenges their goal of a quasi-theocratic nation where their sick form of Christianity is allowed to dominate all other religious views.

Continue reading "Christianists: The Real Force Behind the Mosque Controversy" »

Via JMG: MoveOn Advertises Against Target

Sarah Doesn't Speak for Me

Monday, August 16, 2010

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Via Beyond the Chron: Are Republicans Just Whistling “Dixie”?

With all the doom and gloom about the Democrats’ chances in November, an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll from last week may help shed a little light. While the Republicans have a huge “generic ballot” advantage in the South (52%-31%), they are losing in the rest of the country. Democrats have a 55-30% edge in the Northeast, an 11-point lead in the Midwest, and the two parties are evenly split in the West. Although Democrats re-took Congress in 2006 and expanded their majority in 2008, very few of their gains were in the South – which implies they should keep the bulk of the seats that carried them to victory. So which Democrats are going to be vulnerable in 2010? Mostly the Southern Blue Dogs, who represent more conservative parts of the country – and who have spent the past two years obstructing a progressive agenda. Keeping a blue majority while shedding Southern seats may end up being a blessing in disguise for Democrats.

Via Huffington: Robert Reich: Forget a Double-Dip, We're Still in One Long Big Dipper


Robert Reich: More people are out of work today than were last year, counting everyone too discouraged even to look for work. The number of workers filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last week to the highest level since February. Not counting temporary census workers, a total of only 12,000 net new private and public jobs were created in July -- when 125,000 are needed each month just to keep up with growth in the population of people who want and need to work. Not since the government began to measure the ups and downs of the business cycle has such a deep recession been followed by such anemic job growth. Click here to read more.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Via Sacbee:

Mental patients swamp unprepared ERs in Sacramento County
By Bobby Caina Calvan and Phillip Reese
With fewer places to turn, mental health patients are overwhelming Sacramento County emergency rooms – increasing wait times, straining law enforcement and exposing the limited ability of ERs to deal with serious mental disorders. - Read More
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