News Briefs 25-04-2008

Klaatu barada nikto (just in case)…

Quote of the Day:

“A working prophet is able to see deeper than most of us into the human soul. Orwell in 1948 understood that despite the Axis defeat, the will to fascism had not gone away… the irresistible human addictions to power were already long in place… the means of surveillance in Winston Smith’s era are primitive next to the wonders of computer technology… most notably the Internet.”

Thomas Pynchon, foreword to ‘1984’

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Guiderman's picture
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Can anyone tell me what a "black bin bag" is?

Richard's picture
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Is it "black bin bag" or "black bean bag"?

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I presume they are the kind you put inside wheelie garbage bins. Hope this helps!

Regards, Kathrinn

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And now, the rest of the story.

*history* = Gallup Polling history. NOT U.S. history.

"President Bush's approval rating now is at 28%, which ties for the lowest of his administration, but is not the lowest in Gallup Poll history. Harry Truman reached a 22% approval rating in 1952, and Richard Nixon had two 24% job approval scores in 1974." In other words, although Bush's disapproval rating is the highest in Gallup history, his approval rating is not the lowest.

On the approval rating of the Democrat controlled Congress:

"By historical standards, the current 20% approval rating is among the lowest Gallup has ever recorded." - Gallup

Only 29 percent of Americans gave Bush a positive grade for his job performance, below his worst Zogby poll mark of 30 percent in March. A paltry 11 percent rated Congress positively, beating the previous low of 14 percent in July. - Zogby

When one of your basic political strategies is to constantly infuse the society with unwavering and relentless cynicism with regards to your political foes, it's not surprising when you get muddied, often more so, by your own foul play.

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My apologies go out to all who were just offended by this hostile, confrontational and completely unreasonable post.

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Anonymous wrote:

When one of your basic political strategies is to constantly infuse the society with unwavering and relentless cynicism with regards to your political foes, it's not surprising when you get muddied, often more so, by your own foul play.

Heheh. The funny thing is I'm not sure which party you are referring to...

But you and Toto just keep clicking those heels furiously. It is rather amusing to watch.... ;)

Kind regards,
Greg
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May I suggest the judge that a fitting sentence for this douchebag would be to force him to wear a Jar Jar Binks mask every Halloween, for the rest of his natural life :-)

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. . . May very well have been caused by the eruption of Indonesia's Toba supervolcano, which exploded with the equivalent of a gigaton of TNT - 3000 times the Mt. St. Helen's explosion in the States. If the sounds extreme, the Yellowstone supervolcano here has blown three times according to the geologists. The last, some 640,000 years ago, was twice as powerful as the Toba event.

There's only a half-dozen or so of these things worldwide, but if one does erupt, they define catastrophic. It would definitely thin the herd, not to mention screw up the policy wonks' efforts to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.

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From the referenced article: "Once you get orbit crossings, you sort of transition from the orderly yet chaotic configuration that the solar system is in currently to a much more violently chaotic situation. Then all bets are off – a lot of bad things can happen."

No matter how "violent" the chaos, in most outcomes chaos dampens out and produces a non-violent and pseudo-stable result. Most butterfly wing flaps, and even the most violent turbulence inducing actions (such as a Space Shuttle reentering the atmosphere) do not result in hurricanes and such. If Mercury started crossing Venus's orbit and got thrown around, it'd probably settle into another pseudo-stable orbit. How long it took to get there would be the variable dictating its probability of causing problems for other planets. Not only would Merury's gravity pose a problem, but so would the more chaotic and numerous Lagrange points created between the planet and any other body with which it interacts. However, interactions due to close encounters are highly unlikely -- for most trajectories that little planet could fly right out of the solar system without disturbing any other planet.

No, I am not the brain specialist.....
YES. Yes I AM the brain specialist.

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Is the price of rice rising or is it the new North American Pesos (US Dollars) that it is priced in is falling?

Cheers

earthling's picture
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how about both?

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