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News Briefs 21-02-2014

You really don't want H1N1 flu. It's deep misery for 10 days or longer. (What do you think I've been recovering from since New Years?) The CDC says H1N1 is still on a rampage, so, please, get vaccinated.

A big thanks to RickMG and Red Pill Junkie.

Headline & Quote of the Day:

Smartest Kid Ever Sells Girl Scout Cookies Outside a Medical Marijuana Clinic

Duuude. It is a rare magical moment when the invisible hand makes a shaka sign and supply wafts up to mingle with the perfumed plumes of demand.

Slate.

News Briefs 20-02-2014

Am I the only nerd on the Interwebs who is not in the slightest excited about this?

  • Rocket Raccoon fans should consider donating to writer Bill Mantlo's ongoing care.
  • Open Minds Video: Former NASA scientist claims conspiracy about Mars photo.
  • Lisa Romanek responds to his husband Stan's child porn allegations.
  • Brien Foerster talks about the Paracas skulls, Puma Punku & Egypt in Where Did the Road Go?.
  • Ghost caught by CCTV cameras in UK's oldest pub?
  • Facepalming: 1 in 4 Americans don't believe the Earth revolves around the Sun --but you've still got them nukes! dontcha, boys?
  • Obama look-alike who played Satan in 'Son of God' edited out in the final cut.
  • The Process: An inside look into an Apocalypse cult of the 1960's.
  • 84-year-old nun sentenced to 3 years in prison for breaking into nuclear weapons complex.
  • Eyes Wide Open: Crashing into a party of one percenters.
  • Newly elected president of Institute of Medicine is on the PEPSICO board of directors. Conflict of interests, you say? Shut up & have some Cheetos!
  • Smokers rejoice! Researchers have grown human lungs on the lab for the 1st time.
  • British surgeon successfully 3D-prints & implants a pelvis to a bone-cancer patient.
  • An experiment that might let us control events millions of years ago --time to save the dinos!!
  • And so it begins: Watch the trailer for the 1st film made for the Oculus Rift --better than the 1st pron title?
  • Red Pill of the Day: THIS is why men stare at goats.

Thanks to Rick & to Bill Burns, for perfectly conveying what most of us think of Yoko Ono.

Quote of the Day:

"Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance."

~Bertrand Russell

News Briefs 19-02-2014

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Awesome birthday cake candle for Yoko Ono.

Quote of the Day:

The dogmatic belief that science is the only path to any and all kinds of knowledge has been called "scientism." There's a world of difference between science and scientism. Science is a fine tool, but scientism is a cruel master...

~ Zen priest Michael LaTorra

News Briefs 18-02-2014

First rule of the internet: if you see an email or social media post that says "circulate this to your address book", you can be pretty sure it's one of the last things on Earth that you should circulate.

Quote of the Day:

I think it's really tragic when people get serious about stuff. It's such an absurdity to take anything really seriously ... I make an honest attempt not to take anything seriously: I worked that attitude out about the time I was eighteen, I mean, what does it all mean when you get right down to it, what's the story here? Being alive is so weird.

Frank Zappa

News Briefs 17-02-2014

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth - Ludwig Borne

Thanks Greg and Rick

Quote of the Day:

Enjoy life while you can.

James
Lovelock

News Briefs 14-02-2014

“Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.”

Quote of the Day:

“The mind is its own place, and in itself
 can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.”

John Milton

News Briefs 13-02-2014

Ladies & gentlemen, please keep your hands & feet inside the ride at all times --your MIND is free to wander around, though...

Thanks Kat & Rick

Quote of the Day:

“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.”

~Alejandro Jodorowsky

News Briefs 12-02-2014

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Quote of the Day:

"If the Angel decides to come it will be because you have convinced her, not by tears but by your humble resolve to be always beginning; to be a beginner."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

News Briefs 11-02-2014

Thanks to all readers who have left reviews for my book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife!

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I am not anti-reason. I am also not anti-religion. I am opposed to dogmatism. I am skeptical of each person’s individual powers of reasoning, and I’m even more skeptical of the reasoning of groups of activists, hyper-partisans, and other righteous reformers who would remake society according to their own reasoned (or revealed) vision.

Jonathan Haidt