Saturday, March 29, 2014

Vietnam Veteran Remembrance Day





String Theory Review


I've written about this elsewhere, but the question still comes up frequently and is worth taking another look. You've probably heard the term before, but you may not be certain what, exactly, it means. So, what is string theory?

String theory is a theory postulated by some scientists that attempts to explain the basic fundamental building block for all material matter in the universe. Essentially, what they say is that when all matter is broken down to its basic component, it will be tiny particles that look like strings; ergo, String Theory.

But, let's take a closer look.

We know matter is made up of molecules which, in turn, are broken down into individual atoms. Atoms are made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons are made up of quarks. All these particles have already been discovered by scientists and, most likely, you've heard of them before..

According to string theory, quarks (including the electron) can still be broken down into tiny one dimensional particles called "strings". These strings vibrate at different frequencies which dictates what kind of particle they make up. So, in string theory, a neutron and a proton are made up of the same material.

What string theory suggests is that the whole universe is made up of these strings. Wait -- there's more! You see, string theory opens up even more complex questions.

Based on the math, for these strings to exist, the universe must be made up of not just three dimensions, but ten dimensions. Ten dimensions plus one dimension of time.

Presently, there are four known forces existing in the universe. These forces are gravity, electromagnetic force, a strong nuclear force, and a weak nuclear force. Each of these are governed by its own set of rules. Some of these rules contradict or are even not acknowledged by the others.

For example, according to Einstein, gravity is transmitted through the dimension of space. But what about electromagnetic force? In what dimension does it exist?

String theory attempts to unify all the forces into one theory. A theory of everything where all the forces of nature can be explained in one equation. That is what string theory is about.

It is theorized that the size of a string is of the Planck scale, which is 1.616252×1035 m. Strings are so small that if we can magnify a hydrogen molecule to be as big as the milky way, the strings comprising the hydrogen molecule would only be the size of a width of a human hair. The Large Hadron Collider and other experiments are being conducted to verify the existence of strings.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tupper's Self-Referential Formula


This is an amazing formula concocted by Jeff Tupper that, when graphed in 2 dimensions, can visually reproduce the formula itself:


If one graphs the set of points (x, y) with 0 < x < 106 and k < y < (k + 17), such that they satisfy the inequality given above, the resulting self-referential 'plot' looks like this:


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bloody Murder


By the time an average child growing up in the US enters kindergarten, he will have witnessed 8,000 murders on television. Do you consider this an indictment on our society, on television programming, or lack of parental supervision? This is not a test or a poll. It is, rather, something to ponder.

Ultracrepidarian

”Somebody who gives opinions on subjects they know nothing about.”

Ending To A Scary Story


The final scene in John Carpenter’s sci-fi thriller, The Thing, is one of the most enigmatic endings to a major Hollywood movie ever made. After a violent melee with the shape-shifting alien creature, the film’s hero, MacReady (Kurt Russell,) is exhausted as he re-unites with Childs (Keith David) and the pair wait to “see what happens” in the freezing cold of the encroaching Arctic night. The question remains: Is Childs or MacReady the monster?

The popular explanation is that Childs is the monster at the end of the story. There are clues that point to this conclusion. One, you can’t see Childs’ breath in sub-arctic weather; two, Childs takes a swig from a molotov cocktail that is believed to be made by MacReady as a test; and three, John Carpenter cues the audience with Ennio Morricone’s theme for The Thing before the film cuts to black and the credits roll. MacReady smirks and quietly laughs, acknowledging that Childs is the Thing because he didn’t react to drinking gasoline.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hold Your Breath


Did you know the US Federal Reserve not only bailed out numerous banks and insurance companies in the US, but they also bailed out central banks in a number of European countries and others as well? Ha-ha, that's US taxpayer money!

Unfortunately, our central bank(s) – the Federal Reserve and all the regional banks attached thereto, bailed out bankrupt banks in the USA, Europe and a dozen other countries scattered across the globe to attempt to keep the status quo running and prevent the collapse of the world banking system. Sounds reasonable, eh?

Did they have that mandate? Well, of course not. At least half of the country is on record as being against the bail-out. Was it a good idea? Probably not, because we still have the same financial debt problems. We just pushed them down the road. Were the bailouts necessary to prevent another global depression? Yes, probably, except that the result of intervention and money printing will just put off the inevitable.

A world-wide financial collapse would result in revolution and conflict. So, let's not be flippant in saying let it collapse and let the reset begin. What is occurring is that all countries are trying to depreciate their currency more than the next guy in order to enhance devaluation so their products will be more marketable to the rest of the world.

Practically worthless
Not only is everyone working to depreciate their own individual currency relative to other countries' currencies to which they export, they are also trying to increase inflation of prices within their country (lowering its external value) so as to gain the benefit of screwing any middle class, internal savers and investors out of cash they have left and depreciate the incredible debts that are accruing on their national balance sheets (good luck with that). This includes the US. We are doing it too. The USA’s true inflation rate is running slightly below 8% and unemployment is at 24% (using data from ShadowStats.com). If you happen to have $100.00 in a broker’s account and have nowhere to invest it that will earn more than 1.5%, you are losing 6.5% of the purchasing power of that money a year.

The US Treasury and the Federal Reserve need to keep two sets of book – one showing the mark-to-fantasy figures that are published and the other showing the true figures. Otherwise, there is no chance to fix the economy (world as well as national). No one can formulate an accurate data or plan constructive action or manage anything without accurate and true data. It is impossible. If the Fed and Treasury are using Federal Reserve data – believing it to be true, we are well and truly doomed as every decision and action is based on false data which is guaranteed to fail.

Make no mistake about it. This entire scenario has been arranged. It's a long term project by those who would form the world in their own image. Will it work? Well, we'll just have to see how it plays out. One thing is certain: the end game grows closer every day.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Prometheus


Prometheus being Chained by Vulcan
In Greek mythology, Prometheus is a Titan who is credited with the creation of man from clay, and who defies the gods and gives fire to humanity, an act that enabled progress and led to civilization. Prometheus is known for his intelligence and as a champion of mankind.

Consequently, Prometheus was punished by the Gods for giving mankind the knowledge of fire. Mmm, fire good. Zeus, king of the Olympians, sentenced Prometheus to eternal torment for his transgression. The immortal Prometheus was bound to a rock, where each day an eagle, the emblem of Zeus, was sent to feed on his liver, which would then grow back to be eaten again the next day. This is very similar to modern day marriage. Anyway, in ancient Greece, the liver was thought to be the seat of human emotions. In some stories, Prometheus is freed at last by the hero Heracles (Hercules).

Ouch!
In another of his myths, Prometheus establishes the form of animal sacrifice practiced in ancient Greek religion. Why would he do that? Sorry, I don't have a clue.

In the Western classical tradition, Prometheus became a figure who represented human striving, particularly the quest for scientific knowledge, and the risk of overreaching or unintended consequences. In particular, he was regarded in the Romantic era as embodying the lone genius whose efforts to improve human existence could also result in tragedy: Mary Shelley, for instance, gave The Modern Prometheus as the subtitle to her novel Frankenstein (1818).

Monday, March 24, 2014


When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier. -- Bruno Cavaleiro

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Crew Of The USCSS Nostromo



Left to right: Executive Officer Kane (John Hurt), Science Officer Ash (Ian Holm), Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Navigator Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Engineers Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) and Parker (Yaphet Kotto), and Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt).

Do You Take Vitamins?


Maybe you should. Common diseases that are caused by nutritional deficiencies include beriberi (vitamin B1-thiamine), pellagra (B3-niacin), anemia (B12-cobalamin), and scurvy (C-ascorbic acid).

Buffalo Bill


William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, buffalo hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), in Le Claire but lived several years in Canada before his family moved to the Kansas Territory. The Cody family were originally Quakers and opposed to slavery. They emigrated from the United States with other Quaker families from Vermont, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, shortly before or after the Revolutionary War, when slavery was still legal in those states, to buy land and farm in York, Peel, and Ontario counties.

In 1853, Bill's father, Isaac Cody, sold his land in rural Scott County, Iowa for $2000 and he and his family moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. In the years prior to the Civil War, the population of Kansas was torn by the issue of slavery. Isaac gave an antislavery speech at Rively's store, a local trading post where pro-slavery men often held meetings, and angered the crowd, which threatened to kill him if he didn't step down. Things got testy and the elder Cody was stabbed twice with a bowie knife. He would have died from his wounds had it not been for Rively, the store's owner, who took him to safety. Isaac Cody never fully recovered from his injuries. Isaac Cody eventually died in April of 1857.

At age 11, Bill Cody took a job with a freight carrier as a "boy extra," riding up and down the length of a wagon train, and delivering messages to the drivers and workmen. Afterwards, he joined Johnston's Army as an unofficial member of the scouts assigned to guide the Army to Utah to put down a rumored rebellion by the Mormon population of Salt Lake City. According to Cody's account in Buffalo Bill's Own Story, the Utah War was where he first began his career as an Indian fighter.

By 14 years of age, Cody caught gold fever, but managed to meet an agent for the Pony Express on his way to the gold fields. He signed with the Pony Express and after a probationary period, he was given a job as a rider, which he kept until he was called home to his sick mother's bedside.

Cody was active in the concordant bodies of Freemasonry, being initiated in Platte Valley Lodge No. 32, North Platte, Nebraska, on March 5, 1870. He received his 2nd and 3rd degrees on April 2, 1870, and January 10, 1871, respectively. He became a Knight Templar in 1889 and received his 32 degree in Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1894.

After his mother recovered, Cody tried to enlist as a soldier, but was refused because of his age. Instead, he began working with a United States freight caravan and delivered supplies to Fort Laramie. In 1863, he enlisted as a teamster with the rank of Private in Company H, 7th Kansas Cavalry, and served until discharged in 1865.

The next year Cody married Louisa Frederici, and they had four children together. Two died young in Rochester, NY.

From 1868 until 1872, Cody was employed as a scout by the United States Army where he scouted for Indians and hunted and killed bison to supply the Army and the Kansas Pacific Railroad. In January 1872, Cody worked as a scout for Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia's highly publicized royal hunt.

In 1872, Cody was awarded a Medal of Honor for "gallantry in action" while serving as a civilian scout for the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. In 1917, the U.S. Army—after Congress revised the standards for award of the medal—removed from the rolls 911 medals previously awarded either to civilians, or for actions that would not warrant a Medal of Honor under the new higher standards. Among those revoked was Cody's. Cody's medal—along with those given to four other civilian scouts—was re-instated on June 12, 1989.

In December of 1872, Cody traveled to Chicago to make his stage debut with friend Texas Jack Omohundro in The Scouts of the Prairie, one of the original Wild West shows produced by Ned Buntline. During the 1873–1874 season, Cody and Omohundro invited their friend James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok to join them in a new play entitled Scouts of the Plains. The troupe toured for ten years. Cody's part typically included an 1876 incident at the Warbonnet Creek, where he claimed to have scalped a Cheyenne warrior.


In 1883, in the area of North Platte, Nebraska, Cody founded "Buffalo Bill's Wild West", a circus-like attraction that toured annually. Cody took his show throughout the United States and Europe.

By 1893, Cody changed the title of his traveling show to "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World". The spectacle began with a parade on horseback, with participants from horse-culture groups that included US and other military, American Indians, and performers from all over the world dressed in their finest attire. Turks, Gauchos, Arabs, Mongols and Georgians, displayed their distinctive horses and colorful costumes. Spectators were enthralled with feats of skill, staged races, and sideshows. Many historical western figures participated in the show. For example, Sitting Bull appeared with a band of 20 of his braves. Cody's headline performers were well known. People such as Annie Oakley and her husband Frank Butler performed feats of sharp shooting with the likes of Gabriel Dumont. Performers re-enacted the riding of the Pony Express, Indian attacks on wagon trains, and stagecoach robberies. Each show ended with a re-enactment of Custer's Last Stand, in which Cody portrayed General Custer. The finale was typically a portrayal of an Indian attack on a settler's cabin. Cody would ride in with an entourage of cowboys to defend a settler and his family. This finale was featured predominantly as early as 1886, but vanished after 1907; in total, it was used in 23 of 33 tours. The show influenced many 20th-century portrayals of "the West" in cinema and literature.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West toured Europe eight times, the first four tours were between 1887 and 1892, and the last four were from 1902 to 1906. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West was enormously successful in Europe making Buffalo Bill an international celebrity and an American icon. The Wild West brought an exotic foreign world to life for its European audiences, allowing a last glimpse at the fading American frontier.

Cody was instrumental in the founding of Cody, the seat of Park County in northwestern Wyoming. He opened the Irma Hotel in 1902, which he named after his daughter. He envisioned a growing number of tourists coming to Cody via the recently opened Burlington rail line. He expected that they would proceed up the Cody Road along the North Fork of the Shoshone River to visit Yellowstone Park. To accommodate travelers, Cody completed construction of the Wapiti Inn and Pahaska Tepee in 1905 along the Cody Road with the assistance of artist and rancher Abraham Archibald Anderson.

Cody also established the TE Ranch, located on the South Fork of the Shoshone River about thirty-five miles from Cody. When he acquired the TE property, he sent cattle from Nebraska and South Dakota. His new herd carried the TE brand. The late 1890s were relatively prosperous years for "Buffalo Bill's Wild West", and he bought more land to add to the TE Ranch. Eventually Cody held around 8,000 acres (32 km²) of private land for grazing operations and ran about 1,000 head of cattle. He also operated a dude ranch, pack horse camping trips, and big game hunting business at and from the TE Ranch. In his spacious ranch house, he entertained notable guests from Europe and America.

Larry McMurtry, along with historians such as RL Wilson, asserts that at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, Buffalo Bill Cody was the most recognizable celebrity on earth. While Cody's show brought appreciation for the Western and American Indian cultures, he saw the American West change dramatically during his life. Bison herds, which had once numbered in the millions, were now threatened with extinction. Railroads crossed the plains, barbed wire, and other types of fences divided the land for farmers and ranchers, and the once-threatening Indian tribes were now confined to reservations. Wyoming's resources of coal, oil and natural gas were beginning to be exploited toward the end of his life.

Even the Shoshone River was dammed for hydroelectric power as well as for irrigation. In 1897 and 1899 Cody and his associates acquired from the State of Wyoming the right to take water from the Shoshone River to irrigate about 169,000 acres (680 km2) of land in the Big Horn Basin. They began developing a canal to carry water diverted from the river, but their plans did not include a water storage reservoir. Cody and his associates were unable to raise sufficient capital to complete their plan. Early in 1903 they joined with the Wyoming Board of Land Commissioners in urging the federal government to step in and help with irrigation development in the valley.

The Shoshone Project became one of the first federal water development projects undertaken by the newly formed Reclamation Service, later to become known as the Bureau of Reclamation. After Reclamation took over the project in 1903, investigating engineers recommended constructing a dam on the Shoshone River in the canyon west of Cody. Construction of the Shoshone Dam started in 1905, a year after the Shoshone Project was authorized. When it was completed in 1910, it was the tallest dam in the world. Almost three decades after its construction, the name of the dam and reservoir was changed to Buffalo Bill Dam by an act of Congress to honor Cody.

His 1879 autobiography is titled The Life and Adventures of Buffalo Bill. A final autobiography, titled "The Great West That Was: 'Buffalo Bill's' Life Story," was serialized in Hearst's International Magazine from August 1916 to July 1917 and ghostwritten by James J. Montague. It contained a number of errors, in part because of its completion after Cody's death in January 1917.

Bill's grave on Lookout Mountain
Cody died of kidney failure on January 10, 1917, surrounded by family and friends at his sister's house in Denver. Cody was baptized into the Catholic Church the day before his death by Father Christopher Walsh of the Denver Cathedral and he received a full masonic funeral. Upon the news of Cody's death, tributes were made by King George V of the United Kingdom, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Imperial Germany, and President Woodrow Wilson. His funeral was in Denver at the Elks Lodge Hall. The Wyoming governor John B. Kendrick, a friend of Cody's, led the funeral procession.

At his death, Cody's once great fortune had dwindled to less than $100,000. He left his burial arrangements up to his wife Louisa. She said that he had always said he wanted to be buried on Lookout Mountain, which was corroborated by their daughter Irma, Cody's sisters, and family friends. Other family members joined the people of Cody to say Buffalo Bill should be buried in the town he founded. However, on June 3, 1917, Cody was buried on Colorado's Lookout Mountain in Golden, west of Denver, on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, overlooking the Great Plains. His burial site was selected by his sister, Mary Decker. In 1948, the Cody chapter of the American Legion offered a reward for the "return" of the body, so the Denver chapter mounted a guard over the grave until a deeper shaft could be blasted into the rock.

As a frontier scout, he respected Native Americans and supported their rights. He employed many more natives than Sitting Bull, as he thought his show offered them good pay for a better life. He called them "the former foe, present friend, the American", and once said, "Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government." His nickname? Buffalo Bill got his nickname after the American Civil War when he supplied Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat. Cody was given the nickname after killing 4,280 American buffalo in eighteen months from 1867 to 1868. Cody and William Comstock competed in a buffalo-shooting match over the exclusive right to use the name, which Cody won by killing 68 bison to Comstock's 48.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Shame On You



The government lies every day about the economy. It dispenses a flurry of phony statistics designed to deceive, most notably and treacherously in regard to the national debt, or as the government prefers to call it, public debt (which means you and I, our children and grandchildren, are obliged at gunpoint to pay for it). The government claims the debt is around $17 trillion, but a number of economists cite unfunded liabilities and off-balance-sheet commitments showing the real debt is nearly $70 trillion. Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff, an expert on the national debt, states the debt is even higher. It is $222 trillion, he insists.

Minus lies, government would cease to function. Government lies are our country’s heritage, passed down generationally and accepted over time as status quo, argues Andrew P. Napolitano. “We allow our leaders to regulate, under false pretenses, every area of our supposedly free lives: What we eat, how our money is spent, how we protect ourselves,” explains a review of his book, “Lies The Government Told You.”

Just about every American knows the government is engaged in widespread surveillance and lies about it. For the government, these are not lies. They are “misstatements.” The NSA lies about spying and retaining data on Americans not accused of breaking any law or working in concert with any enemy.

The mélange of lies and deceptions, when pointed out, become conspiracy theories, according to government bureaucrats. “Pick your topic: Ukraine, the National Security Agency, assassinations of national leaders, recent economic crises, the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays — it’s child’s play to assemble a host of apparent clues, and to connect a bunch of dots, to support a relevant conspiracy theory,” he writes, trying to diminish truth through facile comparison (thus the insertion of Shakespeare).

As noted above, we know the NSA has lied to us, it is not a conspiracy theory. As for Ukraine, we know, or those of us who bother following up do, that the State Department put the current regime in office, including no shortage of fascists and soccer hooligans. The CIA has assassinated foreign leaders (the numerous attempts on Fidel Castro’s life are not bedtime stories or child’s play). As for economic crises, the former Federal Reserve boss, Ben Bernanke, admitted the federal agency that is not a federal agency (another conspiracy) engineered the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve created the current recession, in fact the Second Great Depression (and possibly the Greatest Depression) we are now enduring was, according to a large number of economists, created by the Federal Reserve through monetary manipulation. The latest appointed Fed boss, Janet Yellen, expressed concern about easy money asset bubbles and the damage they inflict. The credit crisis resulting from the explosion of the housing bubble led to the Great Recession beginning in 2007. No conspiracy theory there, just historic and economic fact.

Through the support of either political party, we help to perpetuate the mountain of lies propagated by tyranny. If you are one of these loyal foot soldiers of the political process, then shame on you. You are the ones bringing hell to earth. Don't believe in hell? Then substitute your favorite sort of suffering.

Taken fm an article by Kurt Nimmo

Truth is a Disease
Prospect of millions of Americans awake and questioning government is worrisome for the state

Friday, March 21, 2014

Poor Fredo (A Message To My Detractors)



The Roots Of English


The invasion of Britain during the 5th century AD by three Germanic tribes constituted the beginnings of modern English. The tribes were the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes, and they traveled across the North Sea from Denmark and northern Germany. The inhabitants of Britain spoke a Celtic language, but most were pushed west and north by the invaders into Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The Angles came from "Englaland" and their language was called "Englisc" - from which the words "England" and "English" are derived.

The invaders spoke similar languages, which eventually developed into Old English. Old English did not sound or look anything like modern English. Nevertheless, about half of the most commonly used words in Modern English have Old English roots. The words be, strong and water, for example, are derived from Old English. Old English was spoken until around 1100 when it gave way to Middle English.

In 1066 William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy (part of modern France), invaded and conquered England. The new conquerors were called Normans and spoke a version of French, which became the language of the Royal Court, and the ruling and business classes. For a time there was a linguistic class division, where the lower classes spoke English and the upper classes spoke French. In the 14th century, English became dominant again, but with many French words added. That language is called Middle English. It was the language of the English poet Chaucer (c1340-1400), but it would still be difficult for modern native English speakers to understand.

A fragment of Old English taken from Beowulf.
Towards the end of Middle English, a sudden and distinct change in pronunciation (the Great Vowel Shift) occurred, with vowels being pronounced shorter and shorter. The effect of the English language was significant and brought about was is called Early Modern English. Shakespeare wrote in Early Modern English.

The Renaissance period influenced the emergence of Early Modern English and many new words and phrases entered the language at that time. The invention of printing also contributed to the rise of Modern English. Books became cheaper and more people learned to read. Printing also brought standardization to English. Spelling and grammar became fixed, and the dialect of London, where most publishing houses were located, became the standard. In 1604 the first English dictionary was published.

Late Modern English saw even more growth in vocabulary. Late Modern English has many more words, arising from two principal factors: first, the Industrial Revolution and technology created a need for new words; second, the British Empire was at its height covering one quarter of the earth's surface. The English language adopted foreign words from many countries.

From around 1600, the English colonization of North America resulted in the creation of a distinct American variety of English. Some English pronunciations and words "froze" when they reached America. In some ways, American English is more like the English of Shakespeare than modern British English is. Some expressions that the British call "Americanisms" are in fact original British expressions that were preserved in the colonies while lost for a time in Britain (for example trash for rubbish, loan as a verb instead of lend, and fall for autumn; another example, frame-up, was re-imported into Britain through Hollywood gangster movies). Spanish also had an influence on American English (and subsequently British English), with words like canyon, ranch, stampede and vigilante being examples of Spanish words that entered English through the settlement of the American West. French words (through Louisiana) and West African words (through the slave trade) also influenced American English (and so, to an extent, British English).

American English is particularly influential and is often called the language of commerce due to the USA's dominance of cinema, television, popular music, trade and technology (including the Internet). Still, there are many other varieties of English around the world, including Australian English, New Zealand English, Canadian English, South African English, Indian English and Caribbean English. The Oxford English Dictionary lists more than 250,000 distinct words, not including many technical, scientific, and slang terms.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


The conditioning began long before this. We live in boxes, eat reconstituted food pastes, shower in and drink toxic chemicals, irradiate our "food" to "cook" it and stare at light screens all day while civilization meanders closer and closer to some end that's never revealed but consistently promised as a utopia by every "leader" we've ever had. This is why mankind is the most dangerous species in the universe. Our power is immense but we are very gullible making us easily used to the ends of others. -- Andrew Scott Christian

Critical Theory And Political Correctness


The Youtube movie that was previously in this space was deemed to be too revealing and has been pulled by Youtube. Thanks, Youtube, for the censorship.

Critical Theory is the central moral posture used in modern progressive debates. It is used by those employing "Politically Correct" arguments to further their goals, like race and gender theory enthusiasts. This is no surprise as both are derived from Marxism by way of the Frankfurt School, whose goal was to introduce Marxism into American society via culture.

"Political Correctness is intellectual terrorism."

Using the Socratic method of always asking questions, but never giving answers, Critical Theory is designed to introduce skepticism into established belief.

Bullsh*t
And so the strategy of Critical Theory is merely to criticize and denigrate that which opposes Marxism and theories of socialist government. It has become an established method of destroying both Western culture and the capitalist order without offering a viable alternative. Critical Theorists use the most destructive criticisms possible. Bill Maher is a good example of a leftist media darling who uses elements gleaned from Critical Theory. While he denigrates and cajoles, offering the most blatant, crass, and cruel name-calling tactics imaginable, his audience giggles and adopts the same sound bites to echo to their friends and neighbors. It is baseless philosophy without substance -- pop culture at its finest presented as actual cerebral content.

“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” ― Gore Vidal


What has happened to American intellectualism? It has become an oxymoron -- among the masses, any real intellectuality is shouted down by the progressives, the leftists, the Marxists, the sold-out media. The old computing model of GIGO, Garbage In, Garbage Out best describes what has happened to the minds of America’s brightest and most accomplished. For example, if you teach a young child the only moral economic system is socialism, will they later be motivated to develop a sophisticated view of capitalism? Or reality, for that matter? Not likely.

The following are 20 outrageous examples that show how political correctness is taking over America… brought to you by Democrats and Republicans alike. However, let us not forget who is presently driving the bus:

#1 According to a new Army manual, U.S. soldiers will now be instructed to avoid “any criticism of pedophilia” and to avoid criticizing “anything related to Islam”. The following is from a recent Judicial Watch article…

The draft leaked to the newspaper offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about the Taliban,” “advocating women’s rights,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” “directing any criticism towards Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.”

#2 The Obama administration has banned all U.S. government agencies from producing any training materials that link Islam with terrorism. In fact, the FBI has gone back and purged references to Islam and terrorism from hundreds of old documents.

#3 Authorities are cracking down on public expressions of the Christian faith all over the nation, and yet atheists in New York City are allowed to put up an extremely offensive billboard in Time Square this holiday season that shows a picture of Jesus on the cross underneath a picture of Santa with the following tagline: “Keep the Merry! Dump the Myth!”

#4 According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against criminals because it has a “disproportionate” impact on minorities. Simply unbelievable.

#5 Down in California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will allow large numbers of illegal immigrants to legally get California driver’s licenses.

#6 Should an illegal immigrant be able to get a law license and practice law in the United States? That is exactly what the State Bar of California argued earlier this year…

An illegal immigrant applying for a law license in California should be allowed to receive it, the State Bar of California argues in a filing to the state Supreme Court.

Sergio Garcia, 35, of Chico, Calif., has met the rules for admission, including passing the bar exam and the moral character review, and his lack of legal status in the United States should not automatically disqualify him, the Committee of Bar Examiners said Monday.

#7 More than 75 percent of the babies born in Detroit are born to unmarried women, yet it is considered to be “politically correct” to suggest that there is anything wrong with that.

#8 The University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD) initiated an aggressive advertising campaign earlier this year that included online videos, billboards, and lectures that sought to raise awareness about “white privilege“.

#9 At one high school down in California, five students were sent home from school for wearing shirts that displayed the American flag on the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo.

#10 Chris Matthews of MSNBC recently suggested that it is “racist” for conservatives to use the word “Chicago”.

#11 A judge down in North Carolina has ruled that it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to offer license plates that say “Choose Life” on them.

#12 The number of gay characters on television is at an all-time record high. Meanwhile, there are barely any strongly Christian characters to be found anywhere on television or in the movies, and if they do happen to show up they are almost always portrayed in a very negative light.

#13 House Speaker John Boehner recently stripped key committee positions from four “rebellious” conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is believed that this “purge” happened in order to send a message that members of the party better fall in line and support Boehner in his negotiations with Barack Obama.

#14 There is already a huge push to have a woman elected president in 2016. It doesn’t appear that it even matters which woman is elected. There just seems to be a feeling that “it is time” for a woman to be elected even if she doesn’t happen to be the best candidate.

#15 Volunteer chaplains for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have been banned from using the name of Jesus on government property.

#16 Chaplains in the U.S. military are being forced to perform gay marriages, even if it goes against their personal religious beliefs. The few chaplains that have refused to follow orders know that it means the end of their careers.

#17 All over the country, the term “manhole” is being replaced with the terms “utility hole” or “maintenance hole”.

#18 In San Francisco, authorities have installed small plastic “privacy screens” on library computers so that perverts can continue to exercise their “right” to watch pornography at the library without children being exposed to it.

#19 You will never guess what is going on at one college up in Washington state…

A Washington college said their non-discrimination policy prevents them from stopping a transgender man from exposing himself to young girls inside a women’s locker room, according to a group of concerned parents.

#20 All over America, liberal commentators are now suggesting that football has become “too violent” and “too dangerous” and that it needs to be substantially toned down. In fact, one liberal columnist for the Boston Globe is even proposing that football should be banned for anyone under the age of 14.

Monday, March 17, 2014

American Carnage


The American Civil War was the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. During an average day during the war, approximately 600 people were killed. By the end of the war, over 618,000 people had died. This is more Americans than WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined.

During the Civil War, 2% of the U.S. population died. This is equivalent to 6 million men today. While rifles were the deadliest weapons during the war, disease killed more men. Camps became breeding grounds for measles, chicken pox, and mumps. One million Union solders contracted malaria.

During the Civil War, as many as 25,000 guerrilla fighters participated in “unconventional warfare.” Arson, scalping, and lynching were so prevalent along the Missouri-Kansas border, for example, that Union officials evacuated the residents of entire counties for the duration of the war.

There is no one single cause of the Civil War, but historians commonly isolate at least five: 1) Economic and social differences between the North and the South, 2) State vs. federal rights, 3) Slavery, 4) Growing abolition movement, and 5) the election of Abraham Lincoln.

If a civil war broke out today, it's difficult to imagine the carnage that would ensue.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Antikythera Mechanism



The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient analog computer designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. It was recovered in 1900–1901 from the Antikythera wreck, a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. Although the computer's construction has been attributed to the Greeks and dated to the early 1st century BC, its significance and complexity were not understood until the 1970s when it was analyzed with modern X-ray technology. Technological artifacts approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks began to be built in Western Europe.

Professor Michael Edmunds of Cardiff University, who led a 2006 study of the mechanism, said:

"This device is just extraordinary, the only thing of its kind. The design is beautiful, the astronomy is exactly right. The way the mechanics are designed just makes your jaw drop. Whoever has done this has done it extremely carefully ... in terms of historic and scarcity value, I have to regard this mechanism as being more valuable than the Mona Lisa." — 30 November 2006


The mechanism was housed in a wooden box approximately 340 × 180 × 90 mm in size and comprised 30 bronze gears (although more could have been lost). The largest gear, clearly visible in fragment A, was approximately 140 mm in diameter and had 223 teeth. The mechanism's remains were found as 82 separate fragments of which only seven contain any gears or significant inscriptions.

The Antikythera mechanism is kept at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. It is now displayed at the temporary exhibition about the Antikythera Shipwreck, accompanied by reconstructions made by Ioannis Theofanidis, Derek de Solla Price, Michael Wright, the Thessaloniki University and Dionysios Kriaris. Other reconstructions are on display at the American Computer Museum in Bozeman, Montana, at the Children's Museum of Manhattan in New York, at Astronomisch-Physikalisches Kabinett in Kassel, Germany, and at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris.

This machine has the oldest known complex gear mechanism and is sometimes called the first known analog computer, although the quality of its manufacture suggests that it may have had undiscovered predecessors during the Hellenistic Period. It appears to be constructed upon theories of astronomy and mathematics developed by Greek astronomers and is estimated to have been made around 100 BC. In 1974, British science historian and Yale University Professor Derek de Solla Price concluded from gear settings and inscriptions on the mechanism's faces that the mechanism was made about 87 BC and was lost only a few years later. Jacques Cousteau visited the wreck in 1978 and recovered new dating evidence. It is believed the mechanism was made of a low-tin bronze alloy (95% copper, 5% tin), but the device's advanced state of corrosion has made it impossible to perform an accurate compositional analysis. All of the mechanism's instructions are written in Koine Greek, and the consensus among scholars is that the mechanism was made in the Greek-speaking world.

Hipparchus
Recent findings of The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project suggest the concept for the mechanism originated in the colonies of Corinth, since some of the astronomical calculations seem to indicate observations that can be made only in Corinth area of ancient Greece. Syracuse was a colony of Corinth and the home of Archimedes, which might imply a connection with the school of Archimedes. Another theory states that coins found by Jacques Cousteau in the 1970s at the wreck site and dated to the time of the construction of the device, suggest that its origin may have been from the ancient Greek city of Pergamon. Pergamon was also the site of the famous Library of Pergamum which housed many scrolls of art and science. The Library of Pergamum was only second in importance to the Library of Alexandria during the Hellenistic period. The ship carrying the device also contained vases that were in the Rhodian style. One hypothesis is that the device was constructed at an academy founded by the Stoic philosopher Posidonius on the Greek island of Rhodes, which at the time was known as a center of astronomy and mechanical engineering; this hypothesis further suggests that the mechanism may have been designed by the astronomer Hipparchus, since it contains a lunar mechanism which uses Hipparchus's theory for the motion of the Moon. Hipparchus was thought to have worked from about 140 BC to 120 BC. Rhodes was a trading port at that time.

The mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck off Point Glyphadia on the Greek island of Antikythera. The wreck had been found in October 1900 by a group of Greek sponge divers. They retrieved numerous artifacts, including bronze and marble statues, pottery, glassware, jewelry, coins, and the mechanism itself, which were transferred to the National Museum of Archaeology in Athens for storage and analysis. The mechanism itself went unnoticed for 2 years: it was a lump of corroded bronze and wood and the museum staff had many other pieces with which to busy themselves. On 17 May 1902, archaeologist Valerios Stais was examining the finds and noticed that one of the pieces of rock had a gear wheel embedded in it. Stais initially believed it was an astronomical clock, but most scholars considered the device to be prochronistic, too complex to have been constructed during the same period as the other pieces that had been discovered. Investigations into the object were soon dropped until Derek J. de Solla Price became interested in it in 1951. In 1971, both Price and a Greek nuclear physicist named Charalampos Karakalos made X-ray and gamma-ray images of the 82 fragments. Price published an extensive 70-page paper on their findings in 1974. It is not known how it came to be on the cargo ship, but it has been suggested that it was being taken to Rome, together with other treasure looted from the island, to support a triumphal parade being staged by Julius Caesar (July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC).

The mechanism was operated by turning a small hand crank (now lost) which was linked via a crown gear to the largest gear. This allowed setting of the date on the front dial. The action of turning the hand crank would also cause all interlocked gears within the mechanism to rotate, resulting in the calculation of the position of the Sun and Moon and other astronomical information, such as moon phases, eclipse cycles, and theoretically the locations of planets.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

In The Garden Of Allah


Thanks to Maxfield Parrish for being a good sport.
by Don Henley

It was a pretty big year for fashion
A lousy year for rock and roll
The people gave their blessings to crimes of passion
It was a dark, dark night of the collective soul
I was somewhere out on riverside
By the El Royale Hotel
When a stranger appeared in a cloud of smoke
I thought I knew him all too well

He said "Now that I have your attention
I got somethin' I wanna say
You may not want to hear it
I'm gonna tell it to you anyway
You know, I've always liked you, boy
'Cause you were not afraid of me
But things are gonna get mighty rough
Here in Gomorrah-By-The-Sea"

He said "It's just like home
It's so damned hot, I can't stand it
My fine seersucker suit is all soakin' wet"

And all the hills are burning
The wind is raging
And the clock strikes midnight
In the Garden of Allah

"Nice car...
I love those Bavarians...so meticulous
Y'know, I remember a time when things were a lot more
Fun around here
When good was good, and evil was evil
Before things got so...fuzzy
Yeah, I was once a golden boy like you
I was summoned to the halls of power in the heavenly court
And I dined with the deities who looked upon me with favor
For my talents; my creativity
We sat beneath the palms in the warm afternoons
And drank the wine with Fitzgerald and Huxley

They pawned a biting phrase
From tongues hot with blood
And drained their pens of bitter ink
Vainly reaching for the bottle full of empty Edens
Branded specially for the ones
Who had come with great expectations
To the perfumed halls of Allah
For their time in the sun

We were stokin' the fires
And oilin' up the machinery
Until the gods found out we had ideas of our own"

And the war was coming
The earth was shaking
And there was no more room
In the Garden of Allah

"Today I made an appearance downtown
I am an expert witness, because I say I am
And I said, 'Gentleman...and I use that word loosely...
I will testify for you
I'm a gun for hire, I'm a saint, I'm a liar
Because there are no facts, there is no truth
Just data to be manipulated
I can get any result you like
What's it worth to ya?
Because there is no wrong, there is no right
And I sleep very well at night
No shame, no solution
No remorse, no retribution
Just people selling T-shirts
Just opportunity to participate in the pathetic little circus
And winning, winning, winning'"

It was a pretty big year for predators
The marketplace was on a roll
And the land of opportunity
Spawned a whole new breed of men without souls
This year, notoriety got all confused with fame
And the devil is downhearted
Because there's nothing left for him to claim

He said "It's just like home
It's so low-down, I can't stand it
I guess my work around here has all been done"

And the fruit is rotten
The serpent's eyes shine
As he wraps around the vine
In the Garden of Allah

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Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day


St. Patrick's day is celebrated every year on March 17th, honoring the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick. Some churches may hold religious services and many schools and offices close in Suffolk County, the area containing Boston and its suburbs. Since the 17th is on a Monday this year, rest assured the weekend will be full of debauchery. That's why I'm posting this particular article today, just so you can take advantage of the entire weekend.

Everybody loves St. Patrick’s Day, especially places with large Irish-American communities. Feasting features traditional Irish food, including corned beef, corned cabbage, coffee, soda bread, potatoes, and shepherd’s pie. Many celebrations also hold an Irish breakfast of sausage, black and white pudding, fried eggs, and fried tomatoes. Common traditions include:

1. Parades - This event is most often associated with the holiday. Cities that hold large parades include Boston, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Savannah, and other cities worldwide.

2. Drinking - Since many Catholics are Irish-American, some may be required to fast from drinking during Lent. However, they are allowed to break this fast during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This is one cause for the day’s association with drinking heavily. Ha! Another cause is that it's an Irish holiday!

3. Dying water or beer green - Chicago dyes its river green for the festivities, and many bars serve green-dyed beer. The White House fountain is also dyed green.

4. Other incorporations of green - In Seattle, the parade routes are painted in green. Observers are supposed to wear green or else risk being pinched. Parade floats and decorations will feature the color green.

5. Religious services - Those who celebrate the holiday in a religious context may also hold a feast. Outside of this context, overindulgence tends to revolve around drinking.

6. Pea planting - In the Northeast, many celebrate by planting peas. This is largely due to the color and time of year (prime pea-planting conditions.). I'm not overly fond of peas but I understand peas are traditionally eaten in shepherd's pie.

St. Paddy himself
St. Patrick, or the “Apostle of Ireland,” actually started out in the pagan religion. While not much is known about his early life, as many of his life’s details were lost to folklore, letters from St. Patrick reveal that he was captured in Wales, Scotland, or another close area outside of Ireland and taken to Ireland as a slave. Years later, he escaped and returned to his family, who were Romans living in Britain, going back to Ireland for mission work after finding a place as a cleric and then Bishop within the Christian faith. He was born around 460, and by the 600s, he was already known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

There are many legends associated with St. Patrick. The symbol of the shamrock used for St. Patrick’s Day comes from the story of St. Patrick using the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed plant coincided with the Pagan religion’s sanctity of the number three and is the root of the green color theme.

Another popular belief is that St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland. The story says that while St. Patrick was fasting, snakes attacked him, so he chased all snakes into the ocean. However, there have never been snakes in Ireland during the post-glacial period. The absence of snakes and symbolism involved with snakes is believed to explain the story, although it could have been referring to type of worm rather than snakes. One legend has St. Patrick sticking a walking stick into the ground while evangelizing, which turned into a tree.

St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in 1737, organized by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston, including a feast and religious service. This first celebration of the holiday in the colonies was largely to honor and celebrate the Irish culture that so many colonists had been separated from.

Early celebrations continued this modest tradition. In New York, the first celebration took place as a small gathering at the home of an Irish protestant. St. Patrick’s Day parades started in New York in 1762 by a group of Irish soldiers in the British military who marched down Broadway. This began the tradition of a military theme in the parade, as they often feature marching military unites. The holiday eventually evolved from the modest religious dinner into the raucous holiday we know today.

Parades and wearing green have always been a traditional part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but the events vary based on the city:

Boston - St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Boston bring over 600,000 visitors to the city, which has a large Irish-American community. The city has one of the largest parades, which many veterans take part in, and events are held in the large number of Irish pubs in the city. The Irish Cultural Centre holds a celebration, and many events feature Irish food, such as corned beef.

New York - New York City is the place of the oldest civilian parade, which boats over 150,000 participants. This may include veterans along with firefighters, policemen, and cultural clubs. It is led New York’s 69th infantry regiment. Another city in New York state, Pearl river, has the second largest parade in the state with crowds of over 100,000. In Buffalo, there are two St. Patrick’s parades.

Scranton - This Pennsylvania city’s parade is one of the oldest and largest. Since 1862, this parade has been one of the most popular, with current celebrations attracting around 150,000.

Chicago - The Irish community makes up a large part of Chicago’s celebration. Chicago dyes the Chicago River green and holds the South Side Parade, which has actually had to be scaled back in recent years due to the celebration growing too large for the Irish groups that hold the parade.

New Orleans - This coastal city was the largest point of immigration for the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are typically held at the community or neighborhood level.

Ireland - This celebration is more religious in nature, as it is considered a religious feast day. While it was made an official holiday in 1903, the first Saint Patrick’s Festival was held in 1996. During these recent years, the even has become more cultural and consists of many celebrations in the streets.