Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Via US Uncut / FB:

Wouldn't it be nice if we had a clock which calculated the amount of taxes dodged by corporations every minute? Brand new group Flip The Debt launched today in NYC and they did just that--we suggest everyone SHARE this and LIKE their page!

Via JMG: God Lets You Keep The Change

Check out the math in the first line under the $50 bill. (Via Friendly Atheist)

Reposted from Joe

Via If I'd killed him when I met him, I'd be out by now / FB:

Via TomDispatch / FB:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Via Middle Aged Woman Talking / FB:

The Bay Lights - January 24, 2013

Via Americans Against the Tea Party / FBP:

One Prayer That Might Actually Make The World A Better Place

Via Beth Bracaglia's Simply Inspired / FB:

Via Occupy Wall St./ FB:

"Days before the third anniversary of the Citizens United v. SEC Supreme Court case ruling, Occupy Wall Street organized an extravagant piece of political street theater: a wedding in which seven brides were to marry seven corporations in a ceremony across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. The Honorable Reverend Billy from The Church of Stop Shopping presided over the ceremony. One of the brides, Monica Hunken, in a wedding dress bedazzled with real dollar bills, interrupted the ceremony just as her betrothed was about to take her hand in marriage." — with Paula DeMartino.

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Via JMG: CONNECTICUT: Gun Nuts Heckle Father Of Slain Sandy Hook Child

How low will teabaggers go? This low:
A false fire alarm, 45-minute waits to get into the Capitol complex, even the heckling of a bereaved parent of a Newtown shooting victim marked Monday's day-long legislative hearing on gun control. "The Second Amendment!" was shouted by several gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster assault-style weapons are allowed to be sold in the state. "There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened," said Heslin, who grew up using guns and seemed undisturbed by the interruption of his testimony.
Beyond disgusting.

Reposted From Joe

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Taken from many sources ... some of them identified.
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing. And a good thing never dies."
(Andy Dufrene, from Shaw Shank Redemption/movie)

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, then maybe we should teach the way they learn!"
(Ignacio Estrada)      [Peggy McKee]

"A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction."
(Leo Tolstoy)      [From signature of Michael de Villiers]

"Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing."
 (President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963))      [Valerie Strauss]

"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high-school class is running the country."
(Kurt Vonnegut)      [From Mike Contino]

"I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness."
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]

"The problem with a lot of educational reform activity is it's a lot of 'ready, fire, aim."

"Life's greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing."
(Teddy Roosevelt)

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn."
(John Cotton Dana)      [from Carol Brown]

"Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks."
(Native American Commandment)

"I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap."
(Bob Hope)

"Researchers usually find that students flourish where there is stability in the school, with an experienced staff, clear expectations, small classes, and a rich curriculum."
(Diane Ravitch)

"Do good but don't expect to be remembered or celebrated after you have departed."
(Interpretation of Last Native American Commandment above)      [From a note from Loh Kok Khuan]

"My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
(Steven Wright)

"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."

"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share."
(W. Clement Stone)

"Statistical significance and educational significance are often two completely different things. One child out of a thousand who does something uniquely different from other children has no statistical significance, but it may have huge educational significance. We need only look at the history of mathematics and science to note the tremendous impact that some 'statistically insignificant' individuals have had by thinking vastly differently, and daring to deviate from the norm of their times."
(Michael de Villiers)

"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression."
(Head and Shoulders TV Commercial)

"Middle age is when your classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald they don't recognize you."
(Bennett Cerf)

"The frogs tend to forget that once they were tadpoles, too."
(Korean Proverb)      [From German mathe 2000 selected papers book]

"Real peace is liberty in place of tyranny, health instead of disease, hope instead of fear. It comes when people have the freedom to voice their views, choose their own leaders, feed their families, and raise healthy children."

(Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the U.S.)      [From literature from the Carter Center]

"It is important to remember, in all efforts at improving the teaching of mathematics, that we are teaching human beings, and that what we are teaching them is a human activity with uses and with beauty and with surprises."
(E.J. McShane, 1964)      [Sent by Ginger Warfield, daughter]

"Never wrestle with a pig. You'll just get dirty. And the pig loves it!"

"Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were."
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
(Hosea 4:6)      [From the Chronicle of Higher Education, December 7, 2012]

"A stone in its place is like a mountain... ... but a mountain in the wrong place is just like a stone."
(Turkish proverb)      [Seen on EDDRA2 listserve, from Sue Ramlo]

"There is no smallest among the small, and no largest among the large, but always something still smaller and something still larger."
(Anaxagoras - ca. 500 BC - 428 BC)      [Spelling correction from CH Candy to earlier posting]

"The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics."

("A Mathematician's Apology" (London 1941).      [ From Bill Richardson; also from Steve Sugden and Melanie Parker]

"Pythagoras walks into an airport, the TSA asks, "Hey buddy, got an Identity?"
(From John Nord)

"What sort of education will teach the young to hate war?"
((Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas)      [From Brian Greer]

"Teachers are the only professionals who have to respond to bells every forty-five minutes and come out fighting."
(Frank McCourt (1930-2009), teacher and author)

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."
(Jacques Martin Barzun (born 1907), historian)      [From Valerie Strauss]

"I spend time on window ledges because I am scared of widths."
(Steven Wright)

"Helping people in need is a matter of fundamental principle, responsibility, righteousness and justice, not an act of charity."
(Source Unknown)      [From Yvelyne Germain-McCarthy]

"A little health tip for you: I heard a banana-a-day is a good thing to help keep your colon clean ... it turns out you are supposed to eat it."
(Dwight York)      [From a friend on a greeting card]

"Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics."

(From Z-MNU Universitat Bayreuth calendar. The "Beauty..." quote is from G.H. Hardy's "A Mathematician's Apology."  Hardy's "apology" is not an excuse or an "I am sorry" statement. In the ancient Greek sense it is about defending a position on something. In this case, Hardy was "defending" his life's devotion to research mathematics. Every budding mathematician reads it. It is totally inspirational. That was my former life before I met and began to understand educators.

Also, from Matt Wyneken:

BTW1 - I just noticed another one of Hardy's quotes at this website: "No one has yet discovered any warlike purpose to be served by the theory of numbers or relativity, and it seems unlikely that anyone will do so for many years." He wrote that in 1941.  Yet only a few decades later, however, RMS encryption was invented and now rules everything secret in the world, military, economic, etc.

BTW2 - You also included Neil Armstong's everlasting statement among your quotes.  Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon in 1969, with Michael Collins in support above, only some 60+ years after the invention of human flight (as noted from television's #1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory).

BTW3 - by JPB ... If you are ever tooling down InterState 65 south by Huntsville, Alabama, make time to visit the Rocket and Space exhibition.


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Via Climate Progress: Washington Post Once Again Publishes George Will’s Shameless, Flaming Anti-Scientific Nonsense

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 09:16 AM PST
You may recall the Washington Post‘s editorial page editor coming to his senses (briefly) in April 2011, writing, “The GOP’s climate-change denial may be its most harmful delusion.”
But that was apparently no reason for the paper to stop deluding its readers with the umpteenth piece of disinformation from resident anti-scientist George Will. While many studies have shown climate change has worsened wildfires, drought, and deluges, Will mocked the President’s inaugural remarks:
He says that “the threat of climate change” is apparent in “raging fires,” “crippling drought” and “more powerful storms.” Are fires raging now more than ever? (There were a third fewer U.S. wildfires in 2012 than in 2006.) Are the number and severity of fires determined by climate change rather than forestry and land-use practices?
2006? Seriously, George Will — and blinkered editors at the Washpost?  If you wonder why in Hell (and High Water) Will just happens to pick the year 2006, you need look no further than the above graph of annual U.S. acreage burned from the National Fire Center (via Tamino).
For Will and the Washpost, the “decline” since the record-smashing 2006 disproves climate change. In Will’s logic, unless ever year is worse than the previous year in all respects, humans are not suffering the effects of global warming.
We have moved beyond a time when such op-eds should be seen as just the outgrowth of a polarized political system. George Will, with the support of the Washington Post, is spreading disinformation whose goal is to delay or stop efforts to deal with climate change. If these efforts are successful, they will cause billions of people to needlessly suffer. As President Obama said, such Willful denial of “the overwhelming judgment of science” can only be seen as an effort to “Betray Our Children And Future Generations.”
Shame on George Will and the Washington Post. While it would be trivial to debunk Will’s entire piece, wasting everyone’s time is a key goal of disinformers like Will, so I’ll just focus on the fires.
Will coyly asks, “Are the number and severity of fires determined by climate change rather than forestry and land-use practices?” The key debaters word their is “determined.” It should be “increased.”
The goal of disinformers and their media allies is to create a straw man whereby those who accept the overwhelming judgment of science are accused of saying global warming is the sole cause of a given extreme event, rather than an aggravating cause.
Will, a pedant of the worst kind, doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know. The fact is there is a large and growing literature that global warming is increasing the number and severity of wildfires in this country — and that it is going to get much, much worse. A 2006 cover story in the prestigious journal Science magazine, “Warming and Earlier Spring Increase Western U.S. Forest Wildfire Activity” explains:
We compiled a comprehensive database of large wildfires in western United States forests since 1970 and compared it with hydroclimatic and land-surface data. Here, we show that large wildfire activity increased suddenly and markedly in the mid-1980s, with higher large-wildfire frequency, longer wildfire durations, and longer wildfire seasons. The greatest increases occurred in mid-elevation, Northern Rockies forests, where land-use histories have relatively little effect on fire risks and are strongly associated with increased spring and summer temperatures and an earlier spring snowmelt.
Even worse, the wildfire threat is poised to grow, causing a feedback effect that accelerates global warming. The 2006 study concluded:

If the average length and intensity of summer drought increases in the Northern Rockies and mountains elsewhere in the western United States, an increased frequency of large wildfires will lead to changes in forest composition and reduced tree densities, thus affecting carbon pools. Current estimates indicate that western U.S. forests are responsible for 20 to 40% of total U.S. carbon sequestration. If wildfire trends continue, at least initially, this biomass burning will result in carbon release, suggesting that the forests of the western United States may become a source of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide rather than a sink, even under a relatively modest temperature-increase scenario. Moreover, a recent study has shown that warmer, longer growing seasons lead to reduced CO2 uptake in high-elevation forests, particularly during droughts. Hence, the projected regional warming and consequent increase in wildfire activity in the western United States is likely to magnify the threats to human communities and ecosystems, and substantially increase the management challenges in restoring forests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
NASA reported in December that climate models support this conclusion, projecting an increase in U.S. wildfires and “Causing A Further Rise In The Release Of Carbon Dioxide.”
Here’s a figure from a 2010 presentation made by the President’s science adviser Dr. John Holdren, about conditions projected for mid-century:
Nothing is going to stop George Will for spreading disinformation. Iff the wildfire data — which Will is obviously aware of since he cherry-picked the worst year (2006) — doesn’t persuade you something is amiss, and you ignore the actual science to make a fallacious argument, then you are beyond reason.
But the Washington Post has to bear some responsibility for continuing to publish Will. It’s not like this is his first time:

A dear friend of mine is engaged in valient debate with a bunch of gun tot'n diots who

are convinced that the US federal government is coming to take their guns and bibles, which I think is unlikely... That being said, what I think of when these idiots say this is, and moreover what I find especially idiotic is the thought that they need their guns to protect themselves from this:



This picture was taken by Voyager spacecraft. NASA launched the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. The spacecraft was designed to go beyond our solar system. Perhaps in the distant future beings of an alien civilization will intercept these ships.
They'll examine our spacecraft which bears a golden phonograph record with brain waves of a woman from Earth, greetings in 60 human languages, records of some of the greatest songs ever made, pictures and sounds of nature. Messages to our unknown neighbors

The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of Carl Sagan.

This is what Sagan had to say about it

"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

Via Knowledge of Today / FB: — “A true zombie is nothing more than an unconscious being apathetically and lifelessly lumbering across the planet buying and consuming everything in its path, unsatisfied, unfulfilled, anxious and unstill.” -Judith Froemming

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