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I have recently and quite accidentally become acquainted with an amazing on-line / web comic, XKCD. Few folks who don’t themselves maintain a web comic can come close to realization of how much work is involved, how much one’s creativity is strained, how many milkshakes it takes to power great art. Ummm, well, yes, occasionally there really is great art in web comics. Yes, that’s hard to imagine in a comic where all the characters are stick figures. But these folks pull it off and do so with some of the deepest humor the modern world can offer. Or is that “odifer”? But most poignant of the humor on the site is the pop-up “comments” when you mouse over the comic panel, which, sadly, doesn’t work when I embed the comic here…
So, you need to go to XKCD your own damn self and check it out.
I would truly love to see some future White House Press Secretary do this
Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)
Independence Hall NOAA_Photo_Library SOURCE Wikipedia Public Domain
from Rick Osmon
This is my wish to all Americans:
Happy Independence Day! Even if it doesn’t mean what it used to mean.
A couple messages on Facebook from friends in Australia reminded me what Independence Day is supposed to mean: Freedom from tyranny. Of course, the NSA and DHS are now pinging on every utterance of “patriot”, “Liberty”, and “tyranny”.
I recently (last night) for the first time watched the motion picture The Road to Perdition with Paul Newman, Tom Hanks, and Daniel Craig. Now before you think I’m jumping off the deep end by tying that movie to the Fourth of July, stick with me.
Featured Image: Hollow Earth Diagram: CREDIT Max Fyfield. Used with permission
Published on May 23, 2013
While Man has spared no expense to explore the Heavens, we know precious little about what’s right beneath our feet. The beginnings to unlocking that mystery starts with the discussion of whether the Earth is solid or hollow. If it’s hollow, as many physicists believe, that fact has profound implications for our future. The key to endless energy may be in that void in the center of the planet. Lost civilizations may be down there as well as the literal Heavens and Hells of our great religions. Is there a vast, secret, long-forgotten cave system through the Earth? Could this labyrinth still be in use, or capable of use? What exactly is down there?
Featured photo: U.S. Department of Justice headquarters, Washington D.C. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons. (Public Domain).
EXCLUSIVE to The Hollow Earth Insider
100% Disabled vet takes on DVA and DoJ at same time, and it looks like he may win despite severe underhandedness
by Rick Osmon
With all the news about a US Attorney digging through phone records at Fox News, this reporter has a bit to add to the state of confusion over just what the Department of Justice is facing in the near future.
When THIS STORY hit yesterday at Washington Post about “The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online.” I read that as “official apology for official misconduct” and a little light bulb went off for me. Read more
Watching from the cheap seats, Obama’s “Sequester Two-Step” is quite entertaining. While not nearly as graceful as Charles Durning’s classic political footplay in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” only fellow Democrat Bob Menendez puts in a better performance of the beleaguered innocent these days.
In the opening scene, Barack swaggers from the golf course past his adoring Washington press corps, READ More
The following two stories vindicate what I’ve said for decades: The gun laws that are already in place are more than adequate if only the authorities would enforce them. And to the staff writer / wanna be ace reporter, 13 guns is not a “huge arsenal”.
Police say they found Christian Oberender with 13 guns, despite the fact he couldn’t legally purchase any.
A Minnesota man who killed his mother with a shotgun and who has a history of mental illness managed to amass a personal arsenal in recent years, according to court documents.
In early January, police arrived at the home of Christian Philip Oberender to find the 32 year old in possession of 13 guns, including an AK-47, shotguns, and a Tommy gun, according to a complaint filed in Carver County’s 1st Judicial District Court on January 9.
Police say they also…READ MORE
Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that new gun laws would not “fundamentally alter” the likelihood of another mass shooting, though he insisted there has been a “sea change” in American views on guns in the wake of Newtown.
“Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to 1,000 a year from what it is now,” Biden told reporters Thursday afternoon after he spent over an hour lunching with Democratic senators at the Capitol.
“But there are things that we can do, demonstrably can do, that have virtually zero impact on your Second Amendment right to own a weapon for both self defense and recreation that can save some lives,” he said.
Biden was on the Hill to help sell a package of changes to the nation’s gun laws…READ MORE
by Rick Osmon
I was recently drawn into an online discussion about the meaning of the 2nd Amendment, that it was intended to protect the people, the various States, and the United States from domestic tyrants as well as foreign invaders as well as personal, family, and property protection for the individual. The “discussion” morphed into a debate with rather stereotypical “for and against” and stereotypical name calling (for=me, Rhonda, and Max, and against=Sheeple, Maddag, and Charlie. Of course, those are not their full names). Read more
Okay, I’m ready to ban all sports. There are too many deaths and injuries that result from organized play. It’s time the gubment did something. Ban ’em all. Do it for the children!”
Hockey sticks, billiards sticks and billiards balls, baseball bats, croquet mallets, 12 & 16 pound field shot, javelins, golf clubs, bowling balls, even medicine balls have caused a mixture of accidental as well as intentional homicidal deaths. I mean, after all, we banned yard darts didn’t we? We could also say the same of Britain and Australia, those forward thinking examples held up to the world for forcibly confiscating all firearms (in response to a school shooting).
by MICHAEL CLARKE, Daily Mail Read more
Just When You Thought It was Safe, just when you thought we all dodged the bullet, that the Mayan calendar was wrong, or the interpretation of it was wrong, that the end of the world as we know it had somehow been forestalled… well, not exactly.
I’m old enough to remember (and young enough to still remember) 9/11, Y2K, H1N1, Vietnam, Haiti, Mogadishu, the Achille Lauro, the 72 Olympics, the 1963 Missile Crisis, Bopal, India, Jim Jones, Heaven’s Gate, H-Bomb tests, lighting off the Large Hadron Collider. I even remember my dad explaining to me when I was four why it was a dangerous thing for the Soviet Union to have both A-Bombs and Sputnik. It managed to frighten three generations of Americans into trusting their government over all else.
I watched as Saddam burned the oil fields of Kuwait and all the doomsday pundits predicted the smoke would cause a famine in India. Instead, India had a bumper crop. The oil smoke probably did far less long term environmental damage than the depleted uranium rounds used to pulverize Saddam’s Republican Guard.
Smoke and ash from coal is going to kill off all living things by the end of the century. An asteroid is going to kill off all living things in 2036. A nuclear winter is going to kill off all living things any day now. Ebola, swine Flu, Anthrax, tainted foods, lead paint, fracking, drilling, blasting, cigarettes, Twinkies. Well, we all have to go sometime from something, but I don’t think we’re all gonna go at the SAME time from the SAME thing (although the asteroid thing is a doozie).
However, that still leaves a lot of room for the “as we know it” part. Read more