Le Marteau (206396) writes "The Feb. 27 magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile may have shortened the length of each Earth day.
JPL research scientist Richard Gross computed how Earth's rotation should have changed as a result of the Feb. 27 quake. Using a complex model, he and fellow scientists came up with a preliminary calculation that the quake should have shortened the length of an Earth day by about 1.26 microseconds (a microsecond is one millionth of a second).
Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth's axis. Gross calculates the quake should have moved Earth's figure axis (the axis about which Earth's mass is balanced) by 2.7 milliarcseconds (about 8 centimeters, or 3 inches). Earth’s figure axis is not the same as its north-south axis; they are offset by about 10 meters (about 33 feet)." Link to Original Source
I'll tell you what... I'm getting pretty tired of people bringing the "color of his skin" issue up with this guy Cain. Tired of it because it's so oversimplifying the issue as to make it become a fiction... a construct.
Of COURSE there are people who just see the color of someones skin or their race, and attribute certain things to them. Those people are in the distinct minority (I would say 3 to 5% of the population), and could be objectively classified as mentally deficient.
It's not that simple as "race".
It's about CLASS. Why people are unable to make that leap in logic is beyond me. This fixation with "race"... I don't know what's up with that, and why people are stuck on that, when it's obvious it's all about class for 95% of people.
Do people REALLY believe that their opponents are racist? Do they not really understand that they are actually classist? I honestly don't know.
1) Many if not most of the truly world-changing events were the result of conspiracies (assassination of Julius Caesar... the founding of the USA... stuff like that for e.g.) 2) Because the most ludicrous theories get the most press for some strange reason, the general public tends to automatically consider conspiracy theories == come from kooks. 3) I suspect that SOME truly whack conspiracy theories are being put into the public gestalt in order to camouflage the actual conspiracies, and to discredit conspiracy theories in general (that sounds like a conspiracy theory about conspiracy theories. hehe)
I see the show downs, slow downs, lost and found, turn arounds The boys in the military shirts I keep my eyes on the prize, on the long fallen skies And I don't let my friends get hurt All you back room schemers, small trip dreamers Better find something new to say Cause you're the same old story It's the same old crime And you got some heavy dues to pay
I'm a space cowboy Bet you weren't ready for that I'm a space cowboy I'm sure you know where it's at Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Protest organizers call on fliers to decline the full-body scan, as they are allowed to do under TSAregulations. Those who decline are then searched by hand, with a TSA officer patting them down, including between their legs and across their chests. The pat-down searches take longer than the screening machines. Though the protest website disavows an intention of slowing the screening process to a crawl, many of those supporting the protest say that is how the government will get the message that travelers do not approve of the scanning machines.
Somebody needs to put a big ol' honkin' kielbasa in their pants, long enough so it goes down one of their legs a fair bit, and go for the frisk. That'll give TSA boy something to grope.
It could make Drudge Report. Someone's going to do it, and that'll be their ten minutes of fame.
I wish I had the balls.
And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in to the screening area with a kielbasa in their pants, singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant... And friends they may thinks it's a movement.
And that's what it is , the Alice's Restaurant "Feel my keilbasa, TSA Boy" Movement, and all you got to do to join is put a kielbasa in your pants next time you fly around Thanksgiving.
Conservatives talked a lot about Ronald Reagan this year, but they have to take him more to heart, because his example here is a guide. All this seemed lost last week on Sarah Palin, who called him, on Fox, "an actor." She was defending her form of political celebrityÃï½ÂÂ½Ãï½ÂÃÂÂreality show, "Dancing With the Stars," etc. This is how she did it: "Wasn't Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn't he in 'Bedtime for Bonzo,' Bozo, something? Ronald Reagan was an actor."
Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin. Reagan people quietly flipped their lids, but I'll voice their consternation to make a larger point. Ronald Reagan was an artist who willed himself into leadership as president of a major American labor union (Screen Actors Guild, seven terms, 1947-59.) He led that union successfully through major upheavals (the Hollywood communist wars, labor-management struggles); discovered and honed his ability to speak persuasively by talking to workers on the line at General Electric for eight years; was elected to and completed two full terms as governor of California; challenged and almost unseated an incumbent president of his own party; and went on to popularize modern conservative political philosophy without the help of a conservative infrastructure. Then he was elected president.
The point is not "He was a great man and you are a nincompoop," though that is true. The point is that Reagan's career is a guide, not only for the tea party but for all in politics. He brought his fully mature, fully seasoned self into politics with him. He wasn't in search of a life when he ran for office, and he wasn't in search of fame; he'd already lived a life, he was already well known, he'd accomplished things in the world.
Here is an old tradition badly in need of return: You have to earn your way into politics. You should go have a life, build a string of accomplishments, then enter public service. And you need actual talent: You have to be able to bring people in and along. You can't just bully them, you can't just assert and taunt, you have to be able to persuade.
Americans don't want, as their representatives, people who seem empty or crazy. They'll vote no on that.
It's not just the message, it's the messenger.
This Palin girl seems to have learned her history on daytime TV, or something. But that's covering old ground.
Ms. Noonan's point was dead on, though. I have a hard time voting for a candidate who has not actually DONE anything, besides, perhaps, work for the gumbent and maybe taught at school. We have plenty of politicians who have literally done nothing more than work for the government all their adult years.
Why people fall for these guys lines is disheartening to me. I fear it is too late for this country... it is our "decline and fall". I hope I am wrong, but all the signs are there, for students familiar with the concept of nations and empires having a rise, a glory, and a fall. And I am unable to see what is happening these days as anything but the decline and fall of the American Empire. I can't see it turning around... the electorate has been so conditioned to accept that men of no real accomplishment are fit for the highest position in the land.
With that deal, they covered my $50 co-pay, so the pharmacy basically gave me the pills. And they'll keep doing that for a year.
They work for me. The don't work by making me feel sedated per se, but somehow, they do make me fall to sleep. I think they're amazing, and they get my seal of approval for the times when you really need some sleep, but can't get it naturally.
"I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's work, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad." - Howard Beale.
"Yeah, but they'll laugh at you, mock you, and call you a 'no good shit' . Much better to conform, unless you are a masochist. I recommend the latter, personally." - Me
I think they are going to shoot themselves in the foot. Seems to me the last thing they would want is for whenever someone acts like a jackass at their rallies, for the tea partiers to be able to point to groups like this and say, "infiltrators".
Store is looking at security video to figure out who made the announcement
Wal-Mart officials are looking at security tapes after an announcement was made for "all black people'' to leave a store in South Jersey.
A man used the public-address system at the Route 42 store in Washington Township Sunday night and calmly announced: "Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now.''
Patricia Covington and Shelia Ellington were inside the store when it happened and told the Courier Post that customers and store employees looked stunned when they heard it.
"In 2010, I want to know why such statements are being made because it flies in the face of what we teach them [our kids] at home, and that's tolerance for people," said Ellington.
Ellington and other customers let store management and police know they were upset.
They asked the store to use the same announcement system to apologize to customers that night, which it did.
Wal-Mart management called the incident "unacceptable," and said it's working to make sure nothing like this happens at any other stores.
Washington Township police and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the incident as a possible bias crime.
"I can't believe it in this day and age," Covington told the paper. "Wal-Mart needs to be more responsible."
Covington and Elllington are boycotting the store.
That's frickin' hilarious. I wish I could have been there.
If they catch the guy, he probably will be charged with a hate crime. Got to be careful with ones practical jokes these days. It's dangerous to have a twisted sense of humor when your fellow citizens do not.
I'm one of those types who is, as a matter of principle, opposed to any law requiring involuntary action. Sure, if a person puts himself into a position of having to act (as in driving, running a business, making money) well then, you have to adhere to the laws. But for just doing nothing more than existing, to be compelled by law to do certain things... well, again, it's a matter of principle.
Which is why I find the census question, "What race do you consider yourself to be?" offensive.
Last time the census came around, I just entered the names of the people in my household. Other than that, I left the rest of the form blank, and nothing came of it. No canvassers, no letters, no fines, no nothing.
This time, I'm going to write in an answer for the "race" question. I'm going to enter, "NATIVE AMERICAN". They don't have that as a selection (they have "American Indian") to prevent smart asses like me, I suppose. But you can write one in.
Technically, that's not lying, because I was born and bred in the states. And I'm always welcome to becoming a "test case" in the courts should it come to that.
It should be amusing to see the statistics, when they come out, for my area. 90% white, a handful of brothers and sisters, plenty of hispanics... oh, and a couple of Native Americans. heheheh
If you have any appreciation for The Dark Side of the Moon at all, and have not seen "The Making of the Dark Side of the Moon", you need to do this:
Find a spare hour or so. Google "making of the dark side of the moon" (or, preferably, stream it from Netflix). Click the "videos" tab and watch the video. It's a good fifty minutes... not just some youtube trifle.
You will find new appreciation for the album (sounds impossible, I know, but trust me on this). Interviews and demonstrations of how it was made, with all the players... actual videos of the Floyd as they were making it. It'll give you goosebumps (or make your nipples get hard... it did me, but I'm peculiar).
Plus, it's for free!
All that you touch, All that you see, All that you taste, All you feel.
All that you love, All that you hate, All you distrust, All you save.
All that you give, All that you deal, All that you buy,
(beg, borrow or steal).
All you create, All you destroy, All that you do, All that you say.
All that you eat,
(and everyone you meet). All that you slight, And everyone you fight.
All that is now, All that is gone, All that's to come, And everything under the sun is in tune, But the sun is eclipsed by the moon.
There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark.